Helio X30 Will Use Different Cores Compared To Helio X20 – Read All About It Here


The last time we reported something about Helio X30, we stated that the chipset was going to sport more Cortex-A72 cores than Helio X20. Now, we have come across additional information that Helio X30 is going to be much more different than we previously imagined.

Helio X30 Is Going To Be Running Cortex-A35 Cores, ARM’s Most Efficient Cores Yet

According to a source, Helio X30 will feature the same design as Helio X20, and from the looks of it, the chipset is going to be fabricated on the same 20nm process as the latter. In short, it will be much cheaper to manufacture, leading to more cost savings and eventually, a more affordable handset. Most importantly, both chipsets are going to be running Cortex-A72 cores. The leak that we have come across states that in addition to a combination of Cortex-A72 and Cortex-A53 cores, Helio X30 will also be running ARM’s most efficient processing core yet, Cortex-A35.

In short, Helio X30 will be running the same number of cores as Helio X20, and they will be as follows:

  • 4 x Cortex-A72 cores running at 2.5 GHz
  • 2 x Cortex-A72 cores running at 2.0 GHz
  • 2 x Cortex-A53 cores running at 1.5 GHz
  • 2 x Cortex-A35 cores running at 1.0 GHz

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 40 MP rear camera sensor (that can record videos at that resolution at a steady 24 FPS)

Previously, we did state that the second deca-core chipset was going to be processed on the 16nm FinFET process of TSMC, but we feel that MediaTek is going to move away from it so that more and more smartphone manufacturers can partner with the fabless semiconductor firm. The larger lithographic process would definitely mean that the SoC is not going to be the most efficient chip out there, but we can all agree that Cortex-A72 cores will add more to the efficiency table than Cortex-A57 will ever do.

According to a source, MediaTek is most likely going to introduce Helio X30 during the second quarter of 2016, so we are going to be patient for the imminent arrival of Helio X20 till then.