It seems that the new SoC MediaTek, Helio X20 presented a few days ago, it has gained positive impressions from manufacturers. Helio X20 contains the first deca-core processor in the world, set up in three “levels” (Tri-Cluster) performance: two Cortex A72 clocked at 2.5 GHz for maximum performance, four Cortex A53 at 2 GHz for interim operations and four Cortex A53 1.5 GHz for lighter ones.
The sources of Digitimes report that the SoC may be subject to orders by not only manufacturers already MediaTek partners like Sony, LG, HTC, ZTE, Lenovo and Meizu, but also new customers. It seems, for example, that Huawei and Xiaomi have already expressed interest in the solution of the Chinese chipmaker.
A system-on-chip of this magnitude will not be for the economy segment. There is speculation that we could see it on medium to high-end devices, “price tag above 3000 renminbi [about 420 € to change].”
It must be said that, when Helio X20 will actually be available for production (we assume the third quarter of 2015, with the first smartphone coming in early 2016), Qualcomm should get it ready with her answer, or rather two answers: Snapdragon Snapdragon 820 and 818. The first will be a flagship SoC, characterized (apparently) from a quad-core architecture with personalized Kryo; the second will be a direct competitor Helio X20, with deca-core configuration at frequencies slightly lower, but with better support the latest technologies (LPDDR4 against LPDDR3 RAM, LTE modem cat.10 against cat.6) and the guarantee of excellent GPU Adreno.
In short, MediaTek has got their hands on before officially submitting to the solution for the next year, from Qualcomm for now all is quiet. When the cards will be dealt face findings may be made more precise.