MediaTek's new Helio chipset lineup to take on Qualcomm's and Samsung's finest, due out Q2 2015

MediaTek's new Helio chipset lineup to take on Qualcomm's and Samsung's finest, due out Q2 2015
Although Qualcomm is still the largest supplier of mobile chipsets, its largest rival, MediaTek, is trying hard to shorten the distance between itself and the market leader, inching towards the maker of Snapdragon chips slowly yet steady. The Taiwan-based chip maker already has the upper hand in the entry-level market and a slight supremacy in the mid-range one, as many representatives of these segments are powered by its chips. But more prominent presence in the high-end segment is still a bit elusive for the manufacturer; however, its upcoming top-tier chipsets might make it a bit more competitive in this regard. 
 
MediaTek recently announced its new high-end chipset family that will make the rounds this year - Helio. It consists of two sub-families, Helio X and Helio P. As we said, both are top-tier ones, though there's little to no information about the Helio P. MediaTek actually unveiled details about only one chip in particular, the Helio X10, which is a 64-bit chipset with eight Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 2.2GHz. 

Additionally, the Helio X10 supports display refresh rates of up to 120Hz and slow-motion video recording at up to 480fps in undisclosed resolution, which sounds pretty exciting. As a refresher, the current slo-mo champions - the iPhone 6 & the 6 Plus - can record videos at 240fps.

There's no word on the specs or the features of the other chipset lineup, the Helio P, which is described as a family of "premium performance chips". We are pretty sure that MediaTek will provide more details about it as 2015 progresses. What's more, we should expect the first Helio-powered smartphones sometime in Q2 2015.

Undoubtedly, the Helio X and probably the Helio P chipset lines are aimed directly at Qualcomm and Samsung, which are the makers of some of the most powerful smartphone chipsets in the industry right now - the Snapdragon 810 is powering HTC's newest flagship, the One M9, while Samsung is setting a new bar with its 14nm FinFET Exynos 7420 chipset which is churning the gears of its Galaxy S6/S6 edge troopers.


source: DiGiTimes via GSMDome

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17 Comments

1. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Mediatek chipsets this year are crazily good. I got to use several Chinese handsets using those 64 bit mediatek and they all perform well in both games and multitasking.

14. Furbal unregistered

once they get their radio/gps/glonass more standardized it'll be very interesting.

2. sam3k

Posts: 130; Member since: May 02, 2013

I love it,competition is good for us consumers!!

3. Guaire

Posts: 890; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

That X10 is renamed MT6795 for western markets.

4. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Without the big cores, l doubt it would take on Qualcomm's and Samsung's finest chipsets. And what about the GPU? I doubt Mediatek will use the top-tier one.

8. seven7dust unregistered

the MTK 6595 which was the previous chip scored 50,000 on Antutu and got the Antutu award last year for highest score in 2014. a time when S5 and other SD 801 phones got just 30,000 , now 50k is common , but it was a impressive feat nonetheless. the Helio is the spiritual successor to it and although it isn't as much of a jump, especially in the GPU department but it will be competitive with the SD810 , SD 810 is a big let down. still mediatek needs to use A57 cores ASAP.

9. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Who cares about Antutu?

10. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Octa core is just a marketing strategy, there's no a big difference in real world usage compared to a fast quad core like SD800. GPU in the other hand are more important now, l would appreciate if Mediatek subtitutes the extra 4 cores with a beefier GPU.

11. TyrionLannister unregistered

The GPU is powerVR G6200 which is slightly worse than G6430 used in iPhone 5s and iPad air.

12. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

That GPU(G6430) is undoubtedly one of the best in 2013, but now it's an upper mid-tier GPU. The minimal standard for top-tier GPU now is Adreno 420.

5. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

14/16nm FinFET then we'll talk. Mediatek seems to be on a roll. Licencing AMD graphics just Nvidia pulled out of the smartphone/tablet market and making deals with Samsung is a recipe for awesomeness! Competition is good.

6. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I'm finding I need less and less power in a phone. My Nexus 5 is still running fine so I'm more concerned with efficiency. I need battery life. So even if these don't score as high in performance benchmarks, I won't be too upset.

7. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Wait, Huawei said they needed to customise the Cortex-A53 cores to push them to 2GHz. How come Mediatek can overclock all the way to 2.2GHz without customisation? Also, I'm pretty sure an octa-core Cortex-A53 chipset isn't enough to compete in the high-end market

13. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

If high clocked A53 is the only thing they have to offer they are doomed against the new Qualcomm line up, where the mid range already use A72 cores (SD 618 and 620). They┬┤ll be competitive only in the low range. I really hope they up their game a lot more than that.

15. kassi

Posts: 109; Member since: May 25, 2013

mediathek has a72 cores all ready in silicon

16. Cyberchum

Posts: 1095; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

One thing most of you here don't get is that mediatek is a budget SoC. You shouldn't really expect their chipsets to beat the best exynos and snapdragon has to offer. Because of them, some of us can buy a phone that boasts of good performance below $180.

17. ramanbagai

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 25, 2015

which processor is best for mobile mediatek MT 6795 helio x10 or snapdragon 810 ?

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