MediaTek made a strategic adjustment at the end of 2017, suspended high-end chips, and focused on the mid-end Helio P series. Thus, the high-end X series has been pushed to 2019. Today, a new MediaTek chip with a part number of MT6779 appeared in GeekBench 4.3 database (model alps k79v1_64). And there is every reason to think we are dealing with the upcoming MediaTek Helio X40.
In the single-core test, the supposed MediaTek Helio X40 scores 2025, while the multi-core score is 6831. This is 35% and 26.5% higher than the typical score of 1500/5400 of the Helio P60 (part number MT6771). Since the MT6779 has a frequency of only 2.0GHz and is designed to have 8 cores, it is considered to be a new SoC.
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According to some analysts, the Cortex A73 identification code part is 3337, while the A76’s part is 3392. So we can guess 3338 belongs to A75. ARM has officially announced the A75 has an increase of 34% compared to the A73. If true, this will be the first time that the MTK platform uses the A75 core. The current X30 and P60/P70 are using the A73 architecture.
In the current mainstream mobile SoC market, there are very few Cortex A75s – only the A75 Magic-based Snapdragon 845 (Kyro 385 Gold) and Samsung’s Exynos 9820 (two A75 cores). Looking at the GeekBench screenshot, we can guess the MT6779 will be 7nm MediaTek Helio X40. However, as there is not much information about this chip, we can even think it will be another mid-ranger from the Taiwanese company.
As for now, we are more interested in the first 5G chip of the company in face of the Helio P70. It’s said to be released in the first half of 2019.