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More Details On Helio X35: Should Use TSMC’s 10nm Node

by Joe 8

Mediatek announced the next generation Helio X30 chipset a couple of weeks back. We also got some important details about the upcoming chipset like its architecture and GPU. Now, Taiwanese media seems to have more details on the new Helio X30 and X35 chipset.

Helio X30 specs

Like expected, the Helio X30 chipset is said to be manufactured on TSMC’s 10nm process. Considering that the Helio X20 was built on 20nm process, this is a much-needed upgrade for the new age chip. It is said that MediaTek first planned on using TSMC’s 16nm manufacturing node for its new chips, but after considering the stiff competition from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon range, it decided to use the much more advanced and efficient 10nm process.

It is also said that the production and design of the new chip is on schedule and the chip should enter mass production sometime by the end of this year / early 2017. So, if you were expecting to meet this new Cortex A73 Artemis powered chipset, then your wait will easily extend to mid-2017.

Helio X30

As for the Helio X35, like this year, expect the difference to be in the maximum frequency. According to the company, the Helio X30 will come with 2 x Cortex A73 Artemis cores clocked at 2.8GHz, 4 x Cortex A53 cores clocked at 2.2GHz and 4 x Cortex A35 Cores clocked at 2.0 GHz. Even the GPU is upgraded, now using PowerVR 7XT quad-core GPU chip. Helio X35 should use the same architecture but clocked at a higher frequency. Now, considering that Helio X30 is already clocked at 2.8GHz, can we expect 3GHz on the X35? Also, it will be built on the same efficient 10nm process as the Helio X30.

There’s still a lot of time for the official launch of an Helio X30 powered smartphone, and things might change to a certain extent during this period. So, stay tuned to gizmochina as more details about these upcoming chips emerge in the next few months.


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  • goodwill

    Finally, they ditched the Mali gpu.

    • Assefa Hanson

      finally? what was in the x10

      • goodwill

        X10 uses the 6200 which is old and simply just bad. This one will be equipped with the latest 7XT with 4 clusters, which is a rather high end GPU. It’s better than the iphone 6’s GX6450. iphone 7 is said to be using a 7XT Plus tho.

    • roni24

      if they had used MP8 instead of MP4 clusters, it could have been great cpu

      • roni24

        Mediatek should check GPU Gflops results and single and multi core score, before they decide what GPU they use.
        they used Mali GPU and its good but the GPU Gflops for MP4 cluster is very low,
        So if PowerVR 7XT with MP4 cluster has a low score, they should move to MP6 cluster

  • Wolvie

    Yeah but the funny thing is Mediatek never care about pushing their mainstream/highend SOCs to the china manufacturers. This new release is just a bullshit advertising to show off to public that mediatek also have highend SOCs to figh Qualcomm.

    In the end China manufacturers always use the same lame low end Mediatek SOC. Like now majority of them still using MTK6753, 6735.6780, etc. very seldom we see they using X10.X20,X25.

    • goodwill

      But major big brands in China like Xiaomi, Meizu, ZTE, LeEco and so on, won’t have problems using these high end SOC from Mediatek as we already are seeing in the market. The problem only lies with the smaller China brands and major league foreign brands. I’m guessing smaller brands know that consumers refuse to pay higher price while the major league brands don’t trust Mediatek SOC and favour the more popular Qualcomm for their flagships. I think Mediatek needs a solid flagship SOC to proof itself that can be a competitor to Qualcomm’s high end SOC. As it is with the X25 as a flagship from Mediatek, we know it is a no match for the SD820, not even close. We’ll just have to see what Mediatek comes with in the coming future.

  • Karly Johnston

    The Snapdragon 6XX will get Artemis first just like it got A72.