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Mediatek Announces More Details on the 10nm Helio X30

by Habeeb Onawole 12

Mediatek announced a new chip, the Helio X30, back in August. The Helio X30 is the world’s first mobile processor using 10nm fabrication process and will be manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).


New details have been released about the new deca-core chip. We already know it will make use of a tri-cluster design consisting of two cortex A-73 cores clocked at 2.8GHz, four cortex-A53 cores clocked at 2.3GHz, and four Cortex-A35 cores clocked at 2.0GHz.

The A-73 cores are the new high-performance cores taking over from previous generation A-72. They will offer better performance and lower power consumption than the latter.

The A-53 cores are possibly ARM’s most balanced cores when it comes to performance and power efficiency. The A-35 cores are the most power-efficient cores from ARM with power consumption not exceeding 125mW and can even be less than 100mW in some cases.

Mediatek has released a performance sheet that compares the Helio X30 to the Helio X20 but the font is tiny and blurs out when you try to zoom in.

The new tri-cluster architecture offers a 53% increase in power saving and 43% improvement in performance over the Helio X20. The Mali-T880 GPU has also been replaced with a PowerVR 7XT series that provides 2.4 times better performance and a 58% increase in power savings.

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The Helio X30 also adds 4K VP9 encode support for videos and ups the maximum camera sensor supported to 28MP from 25MP on the X20. Memory support also takes an upgrade. It will now support four 16-bit LPDDR4X (max. 8GB) and UFS 2.1 storage. Connectivity also gets an upgrade from Cat-6 to Cat-10.

If you want more details you can check the image below.

Helio X30-specifications

According to Mediatek, mass production should begin early next year.

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  • Rob

    This could finally be the first really decent chip from MT, only another 10 months or so to wait till we find out. Athough it seems that they are finally taking the GPU seriously I would’ve liked to have seen at least an MP6 variant. Actually looking forward to this.

    • Assefa Hanson

      the year after next we will see thier 7nm version chip lets see if they continue improving

    • Muhammad Yasir

      my GOD. you will never be satisfied with what mtk are doing.

      atleast they finally went for a MUCH better GPU … im sure it’ll be great.

      they just need to make sure this CPU finds its way into cheaper phones !

    • trapchan

      First decent MTK chip would be MTK6582 running on Huawei Honor 3C. It runs anything I throwed at it (at that time) and didn’t get too hot.

  • Tony Halls

    tbh it seems pretty good. time will tell us what it’s really about, but the massive boost in the GPU department should help with one of the biggest flaws with MediaTek chips: shitty GPUs.

  • NextHype

    I hope they got better in GPS and connectivity (number of bands supported) departments too.

    • Sansa

      GPS is already very decent on X10+.

  • WoW, now that`s what I call a proper flagship SoC.
    Will definitely give SD821 a run for it`s money, not to mention that it will beat Kirin 955 as well.

    • trapchan

      By the time it enters market, Qualcomm will probably have something much better than it.

      • The X-series is never meant to compete with the highest end Exynos and Snapdragon platforms, but their mid-high offerings(SD650-652 for example) and is also priced in that range, and as far as the CPU goes you can`t tell the differnce between SD820 and X20, only difference is in heavy 3D gaming.

        • trapchan

          Just because you can’t tell the difference, doesn’t mean others can’t either. Also you’re the one who bring SD821 on the conversation.

  • PhoneFix

    and x30 will release in 2020