Helio X30 Already In Production From MediaTek – Can It Surpass Snapdragon 820?

Omar Sohail
Posted 7 months ago

We might not have seen any smartphone sporting MediaTek’s Helio X20 in action, but Helio X30 being in production means that the Taiwanese fabless semiconductor manufacturer has its eyes set on the future, and that is taking on the big SoCs.

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According to Weibo, one user believes that Helio X30 is going to be available during 2017 and instead of being manufactured on the 14nm FinFET process, this SoC will deliver the best possible performance and efficiency, on account that it is going to be processed on either Samsung’s or TSMC’s 10nm FinFET technology. Right now, it has not been confirmed which company will be mass producing the chips for MediaTek, but since Apple has been reported to secure all 100 percent of orders for its A10 (which is also fabricated on the 10nm FinFET architecture), our gut tells us that MediaTek is going to side with TSMC.

Helio X30 Already In Production From MediaTek – Can It Surpass Snapdragon 820?

The number of cores are going to remain constant between Helio X20 and Helio X30, with one notable exception being that instead of 4 Cortex-A53 cores, they are going to be replaced with 4 Cortex-A35 ones. As reported earlier, Cortex-A35 is ARM’s most efficient processor to date, even surpassing the capabilities of Cortex-A53. According to the source, these 4 cores are going to be running at a speed of 2.0GHz. The entire processor configuration of Helio X30 has been listed as follows:

  • 2 x Cortex-A72 cores running at 2.8GHz
  • 4 x Cortex-A53 cores running at 2.2GHz
  • 4 x Cortex-A35 cores running at 2.0GHz
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In addition Helio X30 will provide support for the following:

  • 2 x LPDDR4 RAM ePOP (indicating that the SoC will be an ‘all in on package’)
  • Up to 4 GB eMMC 5.1
  • ARM Mali-T880
  • Support up to a 26MP rear camera sensor


Mali series of GPUs have been criticized for being at the slower end of the graphics performance chart, and most likely, the upcoming SoC will feature Imagination Technologies’ 7 series chip with four processing cores. We will have to wait and see how this will hold up against the likes of Adreno 530, but looking at a smaller lithographic process, we should hope great things from Helio X30. Since the first batch of SoCs from MediaTek are expected to arrive in 2017, we should expect smartphones sporting the chipset later in that year. Are you guys excited for the arrival of MediaTek’s flagship SoC? Let us know your thoughts right away.


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