MediaTek has been making waves in the international community since the past year or so, making smartphone chips that have been steadily chipping away at the competitors business as more and more manufacturers opt for MediaTek sillicon for their handheld devices.
The company has been providing high performance processors that are being hailed as some of the greatest out there with flagships devices such as the HTC One M9+.
However, the world of technology is a swiftly changing one, where manufacturers must keep either keep pace with the changes or lose the race. So when Qualcomm — whose snapdragon 810 was discarded by many in favor of MediaTek and others due to heating issues — announced a newer, improved version of the 810, we took it as a signal that something from MediaTek was to follow shortly after — and sure enough, allow us to introduce The Helio X20, a brand new 10 Core processor along with a Mali T800 series GPU.
While most cores are divided into two clusters where one does the heavy processing with the other assisting in doing efficiency demanding, less stressful tasks, the Helios X20 contains a third cluster which thus provides us with an additional processing unit to help out the other two in places where the going gets tough.
The structure is arranged in form of three clusters with the first 1.4GHz quad-core cluster working for power efficiency while a second 2.0GHz quad-core cluster tackles the middle-of-the-road tasks, or ones that require medium power whereas the third 2.5GHz dual-core cluster is there to deal with the heavy-duty, high-performance stuff. As they say “the more the merrier” .
Along with the three clusters, MediaTek has integrated a LTE Cat 6 modem with support for CDMA2000, which uses up to 30% less power than its predecessor, the X10. While we do not have any official word, the X20 may be implemented in devices coming out next year.
Well, all in all we are sure that MediaTek’s monster of a chipset is going to change how things work in the world of silicon and will probably spur other major players in the field to roll up their sleeves as well.