Mediatek officially announce the Helio X20 , world’s first Tri-cluster CPU


helio x20

Mediatek officially announce their next generation Helio X20 processor. Here are the details.

A few weeks back we posted details and slides from a secret presentation held by Mediatek in China. The event spoke about their next-gen Helio X20 CPU, and while it wasn’t official back then, it is from today!

The Helio X20 processor is the worlds first mobile processor with Tri-cluster architecture and ten cores, or “deca-core”. Obviously part of the reason for the additional cores and new architecture is after performance, but the X20 also boasts unmatched power efficiency too.

helio x20

Mediatek say that the chipset, which boasts a dual core Cortex A72 running at 2.5Ghz in its third processing cluster, is up to 30% more efficient than previous chips. What this should mean is longer battery life and cooler running even when gaming or crunching 4K video.

Key specification features of the Helio X20 are 20nm manufacturing processor, 10 core/tri-cluster architecture, support for up to 32 mega-pixel main camera units, 4K and 2K video playback and recording, ARM MP4 700Mz GPU, World-model LTE modem and support for display of up to 2560 x 1600!

helio x20

In addition to this Mediatek have also added CorePilot 3.0 to the processor for task management, support for dual main cameras which uses a built-in 3D deputy engine for fast imaging, and a multi-scale de-noise engine for better low-light camera performance.

It’s a rather impressive processor and one that is set to once again boost the profile of Chinese Android smartphones.

[ Mediatek ]
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40 Comments

  1. Rob
    May 12, 2015

    Hoping my next phone has this with a 6″ 2k panel, stereo speakers with HiFi chip and high res camera with iOS.

    • Tizz
      May 12, 2015

      iOS with a Mediatek Soc? Really?

      • balcobomber25
        May 12, 2015

        I think he meant OIS, which stands for optical image stabilization.

        • Tizz
          May 12, 2015

          Yeah i think you’re right, thanks.

        • Rob
          May 12, 2015

          That’s exactl what I meant, predictive text on my phone changed it!

          • Stavros G
            May 16, 2015

            autocorrect trolls

      • Seyo
        May 12, 2015

        be

        he probably meant the camera feature OIS

        • Tizz
          May 12, 2015

          Oh that makes sense, thanks.

  2. Tizz
    May 12, 2015

    I like it but 20nm when Samsung already did a 14nm processor doesn’t seem good.

    • balcobomber25
      May 12, 2015

      The differences between 20nm and 14nm won’t matter much in real world performance. What will matter is the x20 is using the very powerful A72 cores, the Exnyos 7 is only using A57 and A53.

      • Tizz
        May 12, 2015

        I hope, the Snapdragon 810 with the process technology of 20nm seems to suffer heating problems, i really hope Helio X20 isn’t the case!

      • MaxPower
        May 12, 2015

        Powerful and big I’d say!, 10 cores plus 4 of GPU would not probably fit in it

        • highwind
          May 12, 2015

          You don’t seem to have any clue what 14 nm production means xD

          • MaxPower
            May 12, 2015

            I really don’t, I always thought it was the size of the chip.
            But now that you make think of it it seems to small to be realistic.
            Funny how I have made at least 10 comments with that conviction and never been corrected. I’ll remove that soon

            • sam
              May 12, 2015

              To give you a good example. every chip is the same size, even my 89nm amd ( 2002 one core) cpu is the same size with a 32nm one. BUT in the same x*y space of the chip you can squiz the tripple amount of transistors. Hope that helped.

            • MaxPower
              May 12, 2015

              That totally makes sense, thanks buddy

  3. MaxPower
    May 12, 2015

    At this point rather than Qualcomm I think that Samsung if feeling Mediatek’s breath on his neck!

    • May 12, 2015

      You are in my mind Max. I was thinking exactly that while I read through this awesome news.

      Go Mediatek Go!!!

  4. Muhammad Yasir
    May 12, 2015

    wow!
    now i BADLY wanna try out a DUAL CAM PHONE! PLEEEASE!
    i’d love to see the low-light performance 😀 !

    • May 12, 2015

      Wait for the first Helio X20 smartphones to come into market then try it out … after buying one of course 😛

      • Muhammad Yasir
        May 12, 2015

        k den…

    • sam
      May 12, 2015

      you will never pay as much for a dual camera phone buddy…come on…accept it 😛

      • Xalis
        May 12, 2015

        Hehehe.

        • Muhammad Yasir
          May 12, 2015

          y u do dis

      • Muhammad Yasir
        May 12, 2015

        i know …
        (i cri evritym!)

    • scoopy
      May 13, 2015

      DUAL CAM PHONE ? then you can go with HTC EVO 3D, man. cheers

    • ArPad
      May 13, 2015

      Yes, me too.
      I think about Honor 6+ (kirin SoC and dunno what brand of 2 rear cam modules, and the gpu differs too)

  5. Kingu Prima
    May 12, 2015

    T880 for gpu ?

  6. yoselife
    May 12, 2015

    if only google could make a lighter android os

    • oc
      May 14, 2015

      The problem lies on manufacturers hands.

      Stock 5.1 android is light enough for dual core cortex A7 chipsets like MT6572, but neither Mediatek nor phone makers have the need to do the job.

      Mediatek might suffer in the near future because their chips are getting more expensive thankx to endless cores added intead of creating lowcore hight performance inexpensive chips. Why not offering a hexacore 2*1.4Ghz A53 + 2*2.0Ghz A53 + 2*2.5Ghz A72 and pay Android One to do the software base for all manufacturers??? Those would have to keep all drivers updated for at least 5 years…with minimum expendidures as they would outsource to Google all labour costs asociated with the development of their reason, laggy and overweight software.

      Not to mention faster concept to market ratios than today where phones from people like Doogee, etc are DOA and they subsequently start with price reductions and BS deals…getting lost inside the downwards profit spirale.

      Something is wrong when my Kolina 100+ v6 looks better to me than any current 64bit chinese phones…my Lollibean ROM with 6 cores deactivated is running better than many 64bit phones with their junky software in it.

      By the way… fck you 100+ for not bringing kitkat to my phone!!!

      B(

  7. Adam Irvine
    May 12, 2015

    I like.

  8. billybloggs
    May 12, 2015

    Can’t wait to see what phones come out using this killer SoC Come on Jiayu, design a flagship around this SoC

  9. Lutkunf
    May 12, 2015

    mx5 pro rocks!

  10. fangbanger
    May 12, 2015

    Disappointed if the next nexus phone is not mediatek.

  11. E8hffff
    May 12, 2015

    I wonder if this will be like the MT6795 which rarely or never sees the light of day in a phone.

  12. GXA
    May 13, 2015

    Great news from Mediatek!

  13. James
    May 13, 2015

    All this and no GPS! (It does have GPS as per paper specs, but we all know how awesome it is to wait for 20+ minutes for a cold lock!!).

    Buzz off Mediatek. Even the low end SD410 locks on faster (cold lock) than the flagship 6795T in the One M9+.

    This also shows that they don’t really care – the GPS complaint has been around for many years now, and they haven’t bothered.

    Once again, buzz of Mediatek. I will never buy a processor that can’t cold-lock coordinates in under 5 seconds, regularly.

    • Stavros G
      May 16, 2015

      lol what? something ‘s wrong with you

  14. Xiaolu
    May 13, 2015

    There’s a typo in “Memory” spec of Helio x20…