MediaTek might have gained recognition at the international level by creating low-cost chipsets for smartphones and tablets, but all signs indicate that the Taiwan-based chip maker has its eyes set at competing in the upper-range chip categories as well.
The first step that MediaTek took towards the high-end segment of the smartphone market was the Helio X10, a chipset with enough processing prowess to be included in multiple mid-range handsets such as the HTC One M9+ or the Meizu MX5. Back in May, MediaTek unveiled the upper mid-range Helio X20, the world's first mobile SoC with a deca-core CPU. Although chances are that the first mobile devices to make use of the Helio X20 won't reach the market until Q1 2016, a new rumor from China claims that MediaTek has already started working on an even faster chipset, the Helio X30.
According to a new report from the Chinese media, the upcoming Helio X30 will come with notable improvements across the board compared to the Helio X20 SoC.
The Helio X20 chipset integrates a tri-cluster CPU with four ARM Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.4Ghz, four ARM Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 2GHz, and a pair of scorching hot ARM Cortex-A72 cores clocked at 2.5Ghz. If this new report is to be believed, the MediaTek Helio X30 will come with an even more fragmented deca-core CPU, a quad-cluster design with two ARM Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1GHz, two Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.5Ghz, two Cortex-A72 cores clocked at 2GHz and four of those powerful ARM Cortex-A72 cores clocked at 2.5GHz.
Moving on to the GPU, the Helio X30 is said to feature ARM's Mali-T880 GPU, ARM's fastest mobile GPU architecture at the moment, and a notable improvement over the Mali-T800 GPU used by MediaTek on the Helio X20. Another rumored detail about the Helio X30 is support for 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, a feat that was missing from the Helio X20.
If these details turn out to be accurate, a hefty improvement in terms of total processing power is to be expected from the Helio X30 compared to the Helio X20.
The report doesn't mention anything about a possible release date for the Helio X30, but it's probably safe to assume that the first Helio X30-powered smartphones won't be launched until early 2016 at the earliest. We'll keep an eye out for more details and get back to you as soon as we stumble across anything of importance on the topic.