MediaTek Helio X30 chipset announced: 10nm, two more A73 cores

Peter, 09 August, 2016

MediaTek is pushing further into the flagship chipset market with the Helio X30. The chipset is a successor to the first deca-core (that is 10-core) chipset, the X20.

The chip will be built on a premium process - 10nm, down from X20's 20nm. Even the iPhones will have to wait until the 2017 models to reach 10nm, while current Android flagships are at 14/16nm.

The move to a more efficient process allowed MediaTek to squeeze in two extra powerful cores (the newer Cortex-A73 in this case). The X30 still uses a three island design, but now it looks like this:

Core count Core type Clock speed
4x Cortex-A73 2.8GHz
4x Cortex-A53 2.2GHz
2x Cortex-A53 2.0GHz

This makes it similar to an Exynos 8890 in a way - four 'big' cores (A73 or Mongoose), then four 'little' ones, but this one adds an extra power saving layer with two more 'little' ones.

With X30 MediaTek is jumping to a PowerVR 7XT quad-core GPU, that's the same family of GPUs as the ones used in current iPhones and iPads. The chipset will support up to 8GB of LPDDR4, fast UFS 2.1 storage and dual-cameras up to 26MP. An LTE Cat. 12 modem will offer blazing fast speeds with three carrier aggregation.

Likely, the MediaTek X30 chipset will be fabbed by TSMC, which will also do Apple Ax and HiSilicon Kirin. They will compete with 10nm chips from Samsung fabs (both Samsung Exynos and Qualcomm Snapdragon 830).

Chances are we'll be seeing X30-based products next year in June/July at the earliest.

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  • Anonymous
  • 14 Jun 2017
  • RNA

It is just a known fact that Mediatek is bad in optimization for the real world than benchmarks. In terms of performance or power efficiency, from the 1st Helio P or X series until now, we are still waiting for them to prove a point over their compet...

  • Anonymous
  • 30 Oct 2016
  • q}d

Of all the Mediatek X## were short of full LTE therefore non Mediatek based phones are true world's phone. I wonder if X30 ever change that?

  • AnonD-514461
  • 20 Sep 2016
  • f}P

good one..

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