MediaTek has announced its own 10nm chipset in the new Helio X30. That isn’t the only story here, as the company has rearranged the processor cores into three groups; instead of the regular two. We have no idea how this improves performance, but it’s definitely a change.
The Helio X30’s three processor clusters are spread across a dual-core Cortex-A73, quad-core Cortex-A53, and a quadcore Cortex-A35. According to MediaTek, this translates into 35 percent better performance over the Helio X20. This new SoC will also consume 50 percent less power than its predecessor.
A new Vision Processing Unit also brings improvements to cameras. The VPU allows manufacturers to customise the camera functions. More importantly, MediaTek has designed it to better cater for dual-camera zoom setups. The fact that MediaTek is directly building support for this feature speaks volumes about how often we will be seeing dual-cameras from now on.
There’s also support for 4K HDR video playback, which is something that brands like Sony have been promoting at MWC 2017.
It’s a bit early to say when we will be seeing the Helio X30, but we don’t expect it until the second half of the year. For now, we can only sit back and wonder how a triple process cluster arrangement will work out for MediaTek.