If you’ve been wondering how the 10-core MediaTek Helio X20 processor works and its specs, here it is. The Chinese company has just officially taken the curtains off its latest chipset.
The Helio X20 is the second Helio SoC from the Chinese chipset maker – the first is the Helio X10, which is found on one of HTC’s latest flagship smartphones – the HTC One M9+. The 10 cores on the Helio X20 are arranged in a tri-cluster orientation consisting of a low power quad-core A53 cluster clocked at 1.4GHz, a power/performance balanced quad-core A53 cluster clocked at 2.0GHz, and an extreme performance dual-core A72 cluster at 2.5GHz.
On top of that, the Helio X20 also sports a built-in LTE Cat 6 modem that allows for download speeds of up to 300Mbps, an always-on microcontroller to listen for voice input, and supports 3GB DDR3 RAM, two main cameras, and high-resolution 2K displays. As for GPU, the X20 uses a Mali T800 series GPU SoC.
All together, while the Helio X20 sounds a lot more powerful than the Helio X10 (40% stronger performance), MediaTek says that it consumes 40% less power. According to previous teaser from MediaTek, the Helio X20 managed to get a very impressive score of over 70,000 on AnTuTu benchmark test.
MediaTek will be sending samples to its customers by H2 2015, and are planning to ship in devices in Q1 2016. This is a big step for the company, especially in the U.S. market. MediaTek is well-known for being a low-cost chipset maker, but with higher-end specs, and support for all operators in the States, it looks like the Chinese company wants to go head-on with one of its biggest competitor – Qualcomm.
“We are certainly moving away from the whole image of being a low-cost provider. We are now relevant across the board for all U.S. operators.” – Mohit Bhushan, Head of U.S. Marketing in MediaTek.