MediaTek Helio X30 10nm Deca-Core SoC with up to 8GB RAM support and Helio P25 announced


MediaTek today officially introduced its flagship Helio X30 Deca-Core processor at an event in China and detailed its specifications. It is based on 10nm TSMC process and replaces two ARM Cortex A72 cores in the X20 with ARM Cortex A73 cores clocked at 2.8GHz. Clock speeds of ARM Cortex-A53 cores have also been increased and it has four Cortex-A35 CPUs as well replacing the Cortex-A35 cores. X30 promises 53% improved power savings and 43% better performance than the Helio X20. It supports LPDDR4 RAM up to 8GB and up to 28-megapixel dual ISPs.

Instead of Mali-T880 GPU in the X20, this uses Quad-core PowerVR 7XT series GPU that promises 2.4 times better peformance and 58% improved power saving. Check out the detailed comparison below.


X20 X30
Process 20nm 10nm
Apps CPU 2x Cortex-A72 @ 2.1GHz ~ 2.3GHz
4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.85GHz
4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.4GHz
2x Cortex-A73 @ 2.8GHz
4x Cortex-A53 @ 2.2GHz
4x Cortex-A35 @ 2GHz
Memory 2x 32-bit LPDDR3 (Max 4GB) 933MHz up to
4GB, eMMC 5.1
4 x 16-bit LPDDR4 (Max 8GB) 1866MHz up to
4GB, eMMC 5.1, UFS 2.1
Camera 25MP @ 30 fps (Dual ISP) 28MP @ 30 fps (Dual ISP) 14 bit Vision processor @ 550 Mhz
Video Decode 4Kx2K 10 bit 30fps H.264/265/VP9 4Kx2K 10 bit 30fps H.264/265/VP9
Video Encode 4Kx2K 30fps H.265 w/HDR 4Kx2K 30fps H.265 w/VP9
Graphics ARM Mali-T880 MP4 700MHz IMG 7XTP-Mt4 820MHz
Display WQXGA 2560×1600 60fps
FHD 1920×1080 120fps
w/12 HW Blending Layer
WQXGA 2560×1600 60fps
FHD 1920×1080 120fps
w/12 HW Blending Layer
Audio 110dB SNR & -95dB THD 120dB SNR & -100dB THD (MT6337) Audio DSP Cortex-M4 420 Mhz
Sensor Processor Cortex-M4 364MHz Cortex-M4 420MHz
Modem LTE FDD/TDD R11 Cat-6 with 2x CA LTE FDD/TDD R12 Cat. 10 with 3x DL CA
Connectivity Integrated Wi-Fi 802.11ac GPS/Glonass/Beidou ANT+, BT/FM External 2 x2 11 ac
Integrated Wi-Fi 802.11ac GPS/Glonass/Beidou ANT+, BT/FM


MediaTek also introduced Helio P25, an upgraded version of the Helio P20 that was introduced earlier this year. This uses the the same 16nm TSMC process, but this will be clocked slightly faster than the P20. The company did not reveal much about the P25.

The MediaTek Helio X30 will enter mass production sometime in the first half of 2017.


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