MediaTek to offer 10nm Helio X30 chipset?

MediaTek to offer 10nm Helio X30 chipset?
MediaTek's Helio X20 SoC was the first to market with a deca-core CPU. That was followed by the slightly faster Helio X25, which will be found powering the Meizu Pro 6 and the LeTV Le2. Today, there is some talk that MediaTek has started work on the Helio X30. Like the Helio X20 and X25, the X30 will feature the tri-cluster design.

Current speculation has the Helio X30 packed with two 2.8GHz Artemis cores, four 2.2GHz Cortex-A53 cores and four 2GHz Cortex-A35 cores. It features a quad-core PowerVR 7XT GPU, and will support a 26MP camera, dual camera setups, VR connection and LTE Cat. 13. The chip will be manufactured by TSMC using its 10nm FinFET process, providing  up to twice the power efficiency of the Helio X20 chipset.

The Artemis core is made by ARM and is the successor to the Cortex design. It will challenge the new Kryo core produced by Qualcomm, which debuted on the Snapdragon 820 SoC.
 
Until we hear the official word from MediaTek about the Helio X30, we suggest that you take this report with a grain of salt.

source: MTK (translated) via GSMArena

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14 Comments

1. Arschsalat

Posts: 158; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

10nm and still crap

10. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

This chip sound pretty badass, I don't see why you call it crap.

2. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Ok , now where is helio x20/x25 ( its almost april )

3. Adsr14

Posts: 118; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

Never heard of the cortex 35. And its not crap to the average user. Hell the mtk6582 is even ok for the average consumer that just makes calls and texts and browses the web.

5. kumarabhishek591

Posts: 150; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

Cortex a35 was unvieled few months back as a successor to cortex a7 but mainly for smartwatches. It brings 40% improvement over cortex a7

9. Adsr14

Posts: 118; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

Oh ok I didn't know that thanks. A bit unusual though right?

13. kumarabhishek591

Posts: 150; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

Ya, considering these cores are specifically designed for smartwatches. It is unusual

4. vincelongman

Posts: 5692; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Artemis cores, those are still unannounced, would be great if the 2017 SoCs have them (or custom cores based on Artemis) And finally some A35 cores Also quad-cluster PowerVR 7XT GPU is probably a decent improvement from their current SoCs Would probably be about half as fast as the A10/Snapdragon/Exynos, isn't of about a third as fast like in their current SoCs I have my doubts on it being 10nm, would be quicker than I expected, but that's great

8. Techist

Posts: 311; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

I also have my doubts, especially since Artemis is targeted for the 16nm process node. ARM have another architecture named Prometheus that is targeted for the 10nm process node. But then again, it's probably not impossible for Mediatek and TSMC to introduce a 10nm Artemis core as a cheaper (and possibly more power-efficient) alternative to the 10nm Prometheus core.

11. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

wikipedia said they'll use PowerVR GT7400, which still lower than GT7600 inside A9.. but GT7400 they use will have higher clock than the one inside A9.. I guess it wont break any record on gfxbench, but still enough to run all demanding games

6. TheoryOfChaos unregistered

Why the hell produce deca-cores CPUs? I think they will stick to octa-cores and produce at least one high-end quad-core CPU

7. Guaire

Posts: 886; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

It's upper mid-range just like X10 and X20. People need to stop comparing them to high-end chips. I'm aware that Mediatek presented them as "premium", but in reality they are cheap. Cost of the X10 should be closer to Snapragon 615, the X20 gonna be closer to Snapdragon 650/652 rather than Snapdragon 820. Assuming that rumor is true, we can see sub $200 phablets with that chip inside from reliable Chinese brands like Xiaomi, Meizu and Letv at mid 2017.

12. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

they just didnt stand a chance to battle with SD and exynos on highend level, and their X10 and X20 still stuck in 28nm and 20nm.. HTC and samsung also use them for their flagship variant, so its not a bad chip afterall (http://www.phonearena.com/news/Samsung-Galaxy-S7-​versions-powered-by-MediaTek-Helio-X20--X25-surfac​e-on-Geekbench_id79715) but this time they step-up their game and use same 10nm fab with other flagship's chip, they even use those new architecture and one of the best GPU from powerVR, hope it can force OEM to lower their flagship price, lol

14. T-rex unregistered

Can anybody compare the GPU of this to that of the one in iPhone 6S? for me to put things into perspective

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