Helio X30 Vs Helio X25 Vs Helio X20: A Specifications Comparison Between All Three SoCs

Omar Sohail
Posted Aug 11, 2016
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After the official Helio X30 specifications have been revealed, let us take a look at the differences between the upcoming SoC and the previously announced ones; Helio X25 and Helio X20.

See The Primary Differences Between Helio X30, Helio X25 And Helio X20

One of the striking differences between Helio X30 will be the presence of Cortex-A73. As discussed earlier, ARM has recognized that power efficiency is a top priority for today’s smartphones. Due to terrible previous CPU designs, power consumption had spiked up to 5 watts and in some cases going overboard of 10 watts of power. This will obviously cause a grave concern for smartphone users, and the only way to overcome this barrier is through large battery capacities. However, using this approach, the bulk of the phone increases, and since battery technology has not seen any development past the lithium ion or polymer stages, battery degradation is imminent through constant usage.

While dedicated to deliver performance, Cortex-A73’s main focus is power efficiency and sustained peak performance. According to the tests, given below is the level of performance that Cortex-A72 is able to bring to the table:

  • Tests carried out by BBench (Website loading benchmark): ARM Cortex-A73 claimed to be up to 10 percent faster than the A72
  • Tests carried out by SIMD/NEON (FFMEG Codec) workloads are supposed to improve by up to 5 percent
  • Memory sees the largest gains with up to 15% improvement (JMC Stream Copy 64b)
  • A 25 percent power reduction in integer workloads is expected

ARM has also stated that that it’s Cortex-A73 uses at least 20 percent less power than the A72 at the same process and frequency. This means that the processor’s frequency can be slightly increased in order to garner additional performance to achieve the same power consumption as Cortex-A72. Manufacturers will keeping their affordable smartphones and tablets with SoCs based on the 28nm process, which Cortex-A73 running inside them, but ARM has also hinted that 10nm SoCs will be released sporting the processor (hence the Helio X30).

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With ARM’s Mali GPU holding the overall performance of smartphones back, it was a very good choice for MediaTek to opt for a PowerVR 7XT quad-core GPU. We will be discussing the performance gains in different gaming benchmarks, but to give you an idea on the sort of performance you can experience, the GPU is present in Apple’s A9 SoC.

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The 10nm FinFET node of Helio X30 also means that manufacturers could choose to shift its clock speed from anywhere between 2.8GHz and 3.0GHz compared to SoCs manufactured on the 16nm FinFET SoCs. Naturally, we will have to wait for further benchmarking tests in order to confirm how powerful Helio X30 really is. Till then, have a gander at the specifications table listed below.

Specification differences Helio X30 Helio X25 (MT6797T)Helio X20 (MT6797)
Manufacturing process10nm FinFET16nm FinFET20nm FinFET
Processing coresFour Cortex-A73 cores running at 2.8GHz

Four Cortex-A53 cores running at 2.2GHz

Two Cortex-A53 cores running at 2.0GHz
Two Cortex-A72 cores running at 2.5GHz

Four Cortex-A53 cores running at 2.0GHz

Four Cortex-A53 cores running at 1.55GHz
Two Cortex-A72 cores running at 2.1-2.3GHz

Four Cortex-A53 cores running at 1.85GHz

Four Cortex-A53 cores running at 1.4GHz
GPUPowerVR 7XT quad-core ARM Mali-T880 running at 850MHzARM Mali-T880 running at 780MHz

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