MediaTek Helio X30 10nm Deca-Core SoC with up to 8GB RAM support to be available in Q2 2017

MediaTek has announced its latest processor, the Helio X30 deca-core at MWC 2017 today. The Helio X30’s redeeming quality is its numerous cores which give it blazing fast speeds when compared to other mobile chipsets. According to the company, the processor offers 50 percent more power saving and a 35 percent increase in performance from its previous generation chipsets.

The Helio X30 is based on a 10nm TSMC process. The company claims that this processor increases performance by up to 22 percent and also saves power by up to 40 percent in contrast to the 16nm chipsets. It has 10-Core, Tri-Cluster architecture built for extreme performance: two ARM Cortex-A73 at 2.5 GHz, four ARM Cortex-A53 at 2.2 GHz and four ARM Cortex-A35 at 1.9 GHz.

MediaTek claims that this processor is the first ever mobile SoC which offers a power-efficient, hardware based 4K2K 10-bit HDR10 video decoding to smartphones. The processor also incorporates the new version of MediaTek’s CorePilot 4.0 technology which balances tasks between the various processor cores and GPU, conserving power and battery life. CorePilot 4.0 does this by making use of MediaTek’s tri-cluster processing architecture which offer minimum, medium and maximum levels, that activate only those cores that are necessary for specific tasks, and turn off the rest of the cores when not needed.

While the MediaTek Helio X30 is under production right now, it will be seen on several smartphones starting Q2 2017. With the Helio X30, Google’s Day Dream VR platform can finally be seen on Android handsets. Apart from faster speeds, the processor will also allow smartphones to have high-resolution cameras and screens, fast LTE, and high-end GPUs.

Let’s take a look at the full list of specifications and the difference from the previous generation chipset, the Helio X20.

X20                                                                               X30

Apps CPU2x Cortex-A72 @ 2.1GHz ~ 2.3GHz
4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.85GHz
4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.4GHz
2x Cortex-A73 @ 2.5GHz
4x Cortex-A53 @ 2.2GHz
4x Cortex-A35 @ 1.9GHz
Memory2x 32-bit LPDDR3 (Max 4GB) 933MHz, eMMC 5.14 x 16-bit LPDDR4X (Max 8GB) 1866MHz, eMMC 5.1, UFS 2.1
Camera25MP @ 30 fps (Dual ISP)16MP+16MP @ 30 fps (Dual ISP) 14 bit Vision processor @ 550 Mhz
Video Decode4Kx2K 10 bit 30fps H.264/265/VP94Kx2K 10 bit 30fps H.264/265/VP9
Video Encode4Kx2K 30fps H.265 w/HDR4Kx2K 30fps H.265 w/VP9
GraphicsARM Mali-T880 MP4 700MHzPowerVR Series7XT Plus 800MHz
DisplayWQXGA 2560×1600 60fps
FHD 1920×1080 120fps
w/12 HW Blending Layer
WQXGA 2560×1600 60fps
FHD 1920×1080 120fps
w/12 HW Blending Layer
Audio110dB SNR & -95dB THD120dB SNR & -100dB THD (MT6337) Audio DSP Cortex-M4 420 Mhz
Sensor ProcessorCortex-M4 364MHzCortex-M4 420MHz
ModemLTE FDD/TDD R11 Cat-6 with 2x CALTE FDD/TDD R12 Cat. 10 with 3x DL CA
ConnectivityIntegrated Wi-Fi 802.11ac GPS/Glonass/Beidou ANT+, BT/FMExternal 2 x2 11 ac
Integrated Wi-Fi 802.11ac GPS/Glonass/Beidou ANT+, BT/FM
VoLTE, ViLTE, Wi-Fi calling, Ultra HD Voice (EVS), RCS. LTE-U/LWA bands.


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