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MediaTek: Helio X20 Does Not Overheat, Rumors Are Wrong

February 3, 2016 - Written By Kristijan Lucic

As many of you know, MediaTek has already announced their upcoming Helio X20 flagship processor. Now, the company’s deca-core SoC isn’t available just yet, but according to a leaked roadmap, it will be available before the end of March. That being said, new rumors surfaced yesterday, reporting not only that the Helio X20 overheats, but that HTC, Xiaomi and Lenovo all gave up on using MediaTek’s chip. This Taiwan-based company was swift to officially comment on this, and basically deny these rumors, read on.

MediaTek decided to address this issues on the company’s official Weibo (Chinese social network) page, and they basically denied any allegations that Helio X20 overheats. The company has also elaborated on how the chip will function by saying that it will switch to only 8 cores (this is a 10-core SoC) if the temperature increases. The chip will basically use eight Cortex-A53 cores, while it will shut down two Cortex-A72 cores. The company has also added that the Cortex-A72 cores are quite energy efficient, while it is also worth mentioning that the mass production of these chips has already commenced, so their release is right around the corner. What about the HTC, Xiaomi and Lenovo rumor I’ve mentioned in the previous paragraph? Well, the company did not elaborate on that, but given that the info came from the same source which stated that the Helio X20 overheats… well, it’s up to you whether you want to believe that or not.

The Helio X20 processor is the world’s first deca-core processor with a tri-cluster design. This processor features eight Cortex A53 cores, half of those cores are clocked at 2.0GHz, while the other half runs on 1.4GHz. The chip also features two Cortex-A72 cores which run at 2.5GHz. Helio X20 will face the Snapdragon 820 and Exynos 8890 out in the market, even though this chip will be inferior to both of those offerings, both on paper and in benchmarks. Don’t get me wrong though, Helio X20 looks quite promising, and it seems like it will be a really powerful SoC, but we’ll see what happens once first Helio X20-powered devices start rolling out.