MediaTek To Launch Additional Helio X35 In 2017 Based On TSMC’s 10nm Process

Ramish Zafar
Posted Sep 25, 2016
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In mobile hardware, we’ve got two manufacturers that are at the top. Samsung and Qualcomm have consistently managed to make their presence known in both top tier devices and high benchmark scores. We’re yet to see a third manufacturer join their ranks, but this gap might close soon. Major upgrades in mobile hardware are expected in 2017. Looks like Taiwanese manufacturer MediaTek is ready to give it all once again. Take a look below to find out more.

MediaTek Will Launch Two Processors In 2017 Based On TSMC’s 10nm Process

Talking about mobile processors, MediaTek’s known for its unique design. Rather than use the standard big.LITTLE combination as is the case in the Android world, the company uses ten cores instead. These are arranged in what’s informally dubbed as big.Medium.LITTLE. The Helio X30, which is expected in 2017 will also use a similar configuration. The processor will feature two Cortex A73 cores clocked at 2.8GHz, four Cortex A53 cores clocked at 2.3GHz and four Cortex  A35 cores clocked at 2.0GHz.

A couple of days back, we gathered what was the first piece of information about a Helio X35 processor from MediaTek. Our source claimed that the processor will be a higher performance variant of the Helio X30. Given that the X30 clocks at 2.8GHz maximum, the only outcome here will be the Helio X35 to clock at 3.0GHz. Today, some more information has surfaced on the X35. This stands in contradiction to earlier details about the processor.

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Sources from China now claim that the Helio X35 will be a low performance variant of the Helio X30. TSMC’s 10nm process will be used for both the processors. While the X30 will focus towards premium, high end devices only, the X35 will focus on medium and high end devices. It will also be manufactured on a lower spec’d variant of 10nm, so power efficiency appears to be the end goal over here. We also see a mention of Apple in the report, with Cupertino being one of TSMC’s first 10nm customers.

Production for the processors will commence at the start of next year, so there’s still a lot of time until they see the light of day. Regardless, the majority of 2017’s flagships will feature processors from Qualcomm and Samsung. The latter’s Galaxy S8 has already started to make rounds in the rumor mill, with the Snapdragon 830 on board. Still, you never know. Things do change in a heartbeat in the tech world sometimes. Thoughts? Let us know what you think in the comments section below and stay tuned for the latest.

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