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7nm Mediatek Flagship Chip Detail Revealed: Will Have 12-Cores

by Habeeb Onawole 7

The first phones with 10nm chips such as the Snapdragon 835, Helio X30, Kirin 970, Apple A11 and Exynos 8895 are yet to arrive. TSMC is the foundry handling the production of three of these chipsets. Latest report coming in says while the production of the 10nm chips are going on, Mediatek and TSMC plan to begin trial production of a new 7nm chip with 12 cores!!!

The 10nm Helio X30 is a deca-core chip but Mediatek is going all out and making it twelve on the 7nm chipset. There is still no specific info on how the cores will be paired but the chip will be the first to feature 12 cores.

7nm Mediatek

You might be wondering why Mediatek keeps increasing the number of cores on their flagship chips while other flagship processors like the Snapdragon 821 remain quad-core chips. The reason is said to be a way to maintain balance between power efficiency and performance.

The trial production is expected to begin in the second half of the year and begin mass production in 2018. Samsung has also scheduled its own 7nm mass production to begin the same time. There is also a mention of a 5nm trial production scheduled for 2019 by the Taiwanese foundry.

READ MORE: Mediatek Could Possibly Cancel 50% of Helio X30 Production

Right, now TSMC is focused on meeting production schedules for its 10nm chip. Some have speculated that TSMC’s 10nm yield is one-tenth that of Samsung’s that is why the Helio X30 chip will be arriving late. But the Taiwanese foundry and it’s Chinese client, Mediatek have denied it, with the latter saying that the chip is already in mass production and will be available in Q2 2017.


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  • Rob

    I might wait for 2019 when they release a 20 core chip on a 5nm node, paired with 20gb ram and an 8k display! Lol seriously mediately, drop the 10 core nonsense and increase the GPU cores already.

    • Wolvie

      Yeah it is the marketing gimmick that mediatek always use to lure ignorant buyers. So many years and yet mediatek GPU is still like shit

      • divis200

        If you dont know how these cores perform, don’t talk shit. There are high performance cores for most demanding tasks, medium performance for light tasks and low power cores for something like texting, music or video playback. It all leads to more performance and power savings. Snapdragon socs only have high and medium performance cores, so they are forced to use a lot of power even in petty tasks.

  • yoselife

    Mediatek should make helio x30 with MP4 GPU and helio x35 with MP8 GPU, as they should have done with helio x20 and helio x25 and didnt do, too bad

    and dont forget that SD835 will run WIN10 , Mediatek should start thinking on that too

    Intel should start worried

    • Pranav

      Alredy Intel got to handle the Ryzen

      • yoselife

        soooooo true

  • Karly Johnston

    12 cores must be 3X better than 4…. it is Chinese math.