Helio X30 Details Show A Smaller Processing Node And A Powerful Customized GPU – Snapdragon 820 In For A Real Skirmish

Helio X30 Details Show A Smaller Processing Node And A Powerful Customized GPU – Snapdragon 820 In For A Real Skirmish

Helio X30 will be a cut above Helio X25 and Helio X20; featuring a new processor type introduced by ARM not long ago for better efficiency. However, today we will be looking at a few more details of the upcoming chipset, which will include its superior processing node, and perhaps this time, there could be a more powerful GPU running alongside.

Helio X30 Reported To Be Manufactured On The 10nm FinFET Node With A Customized GPU Belonging To Imagination Technologies

If a Helio X30 is going to be manufactured on the 10nm FinFET architecture, then its release date is going to be in second half of 2017, assuming MediaTek does not run into chip design issues or overheating problems. One of the things we have noticed is that ARM’s Mali lineup of GPUs is quite inferior when pitted against the likes of Imagination Technologies and Qualcomm’s Adreno. According to Cnbeta, Helio X30 is going to come running with a customized GPU from Imagination Technologies’ PowerVR Series 7 of graphic chips. Both Apple’s iPhone 6s family and iPad Pro are incorporated with such GPUs so you have a rough idea of the graphic prowess they’ll be able to exhibit.


It has also been stated that Helio X30 will provide support for either a Cat.10 or Cat.12 LTE modem, along with triple baseband carrier aggregation. That’s not all, because it’s been said to feature 8GB of LPDDR4 memory and support for the UFS 2.1 memory standard. As for the processor configuration, we did state earlier that Helio X30 will feature a new processor from ARM, and that’s the Cortex-A35. Cortex-A35 will effectively replace Cortex-A53 in tearing down low-end tasks, while we expect the remaining cores to tackle the more demanding tasks.

  • 2 x Cortex-A72 cores running at 2.8GHz
  • 4 x Cortex-A53 cores running at 2.2GHz

Not long ago, we reported an AnTuTu benchmarking leak, in which Helio X30 was able to zip past Snapdragon 820. That is most impressive, but we’d like to see more tests carried in a real-world environment to see how the chipset truly performs in a varied set of conditions. For your perusal however, the AnTuTu benchmarking scores have been listed below:

  • Helio X30: 160,000
  • Snapdragon 820: 130,000
  • Kirin 950: 89,000
  • Exynos 7420: 85,000
  • Helio X20: 100,000
  • Snapdragon 810: 81,000
  • Helio X10: 58,000

Production of Helio X30 is going to commence during the first half of 2017, so whatever copious details elude us for the moment, we’ll have them ready for you later.


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