MediaTek unveils the 10nm Helio X30 chipset with a quad-core PowerVR 7XT GPU

MediaTek unveils the 10nm Helio X30 chipset with a quad-core PowerVR 7XT GPU
MediaTek has announced today the Helio X30 chipset. Once again featuring a deca-core CPU and a tri-cluster design like the Helio X20 and X25, the chip will start shipping sometime next year. Built using TSMC's 10nm FinFET process, the Helio X30 will contain a deca-core CPU with four Cortex A-73 cores clocked at 2.8GHz to handle the toughest of tasks. Four Cortex A-53 cores will run at 2.2GHz, and two Cortex A-35 cores running at 2GHz will handle light housekeeping chores.

The chipset will support a camera carrying a sensor as high as 40MP, and video capture as high as 24MP. A 16MP camera can take video at 60fps, while an 8MP snapper will receive video support up to 120fps. The Helio X30 will work with a device sporting as much as 8GB RAM. This support comes in the form of two LPDDR4 POP 1600MHz channels. The GPU on board is a quad-core PowerVR 7XT, which makes it perfect for the upcoming explosion in VR enabled devices.

The modem supports three carrier aggregation and LTE Cat. 12. We would expect to see the Helio X30 SoC powering some high-end smartphones in Asian markets during the second half of 2017. Interestingly, when the chip leaked back in March, the specs were almost nailed perfectly.

source: PhoneRadar



1. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

MediaTek may finally have a beast on their hands, well as long as they don't cut the PowerVR GPU off at the knees like Apple does.


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Exactly. When I saw this i said to myself "well looky there, here's a mediatek SoC I would actually like to see in my device..."

12. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I'd expect the X30's GPU to perform somewhere between the 6S's and the 8890/820's It will probably compete with rumored Snapdragon 828 (2x A73s + 4x A53s)

14. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Why do you say that? I mean, I would not expect SD to go back to A73 cores and keep with Kyro.

15. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

There's a rumor there will be two high end SoCs in 2017 (like in 2015) 830, 10nm, 8 cores, 2x newer Kyro's + 2x newer Kyro's + 4x A53s 828, 6 cores, 2x A73s + 4x A53s The 828 will probably be cheaper than the 830 (like 808 vs 810) I suspect the 828 is a response to MediaTek's X30

19. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Mediatek will most likely cut that Power VR GPU significantly to keep the costs down using fully powered Power VR gpu will raise their costs a lot and almost all OEM's would prefer Snapdragon over Mediatek if they are are at close price This chip will be competing with Snapdragon's most powerful 6xx series.. like snapdragon 672 or something Beating it easily in both CPU and GPU while costing same price as 6xx series.. This is the strategy they have been following since last 2 years and they'll continue the same this time as well.. they are not in position to compete with Snapdragon's top end yet , not until they build some positive reputation first by being more open , releasing source code timely

21. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yep, the article says quad cluster PowerVR 7XT With higher clocks due to 10nm Quad cluster PowerVR 7XT is roughly double the size compared to X20/X25 The 6xx series usally has smaller GPUs than that e.g. the 650/652 is similar to the X20/X25's, the 615-25's are tiny And the 6xx series are mostly on older processes e.g. the 615/650's are 28nm (the X20/25 were also on the older 20nm process) I wouldnt be surprised if the 828 is being made to directly compete with the X30 Especially since the X30 is 10nm, 10nm is probably too expensive for the 6xx series But these are all rumors and speculation It could be a 672 that competes with the X30

2. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Mediatek evolving for the better. I leik it.

3. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

7XT already 2 years old now.. should use 7XT plus or 8XE to keep up with competitor.. btw, Apple A9 use 7XT (6 clusters) Apple A9X also use 7XT (12 clusters) and X30 use 7XT (4 clusters with higher clock), slightly better than last years flagship, and still behind this year flagship (and this processor will released next year, lol)

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Meaning still fall short and will be mid to budget segment phone again.

9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah right... 1 year late = midranger spec :-/ but quad 2.8GHz A73 should beat SD820 in computing power (btw, is it really quad A73? another site say dual A73 )

6. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Is there an 8xt? I haven't heard of one. Because in February imagination technologies unveiled only the 7xt plus which was a fair improvement over the 7xt. It was told that an 8 core 7xt plus could provide much more power than a 6 core 7xt in the A9 chip, thus increasing the potential of the (unannounced) A10 chip to a great extent.

8. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

The 8XT is a year or two away according to my sources at Imagination

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

For the past few years, Imagination has announced a new PowerVR XT line at CES So I'd expect 8XT to be announced at CES 2017

16. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

That's my point too! The 8xt will likely be in the A11 chipset, so would be announced next year for sure.

13. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

A higher clocked 4 cluster 7XT(like you predict) can beat the A9's 6 cluster 7XT easy because Apple under clocks it to 450mhz. The difference won't be that much unless they use the 800mhz variant but still the X30 want be a bad chip at all using a higher clocked 4 cluster 7XT.

18. Loveneesh

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

It is a upper mid range chip. What you are expecting by them 8XT GPU?

7. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

40 MP camera --- oh my nokia!!!

10. realjjj

Posts: 375; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

lol PA spreading false info every day, MTK did not launch anythinng, those are rumored specs.

17. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Who said it launched?? Read with your eyes open.

20. Shubham1221

Posts: 153; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

It looks great on paper.Its also looking power efficient as based on 10nm process.I think its a great chip.Well done Mediatek!!!

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.