This year certainly looks promising when it comes to mobile processors. Huawei has already released their Kirin 950 processor, which has proved to be quite a great performer in the Mate 8 phablet. Qualcomm, Samsung and MediaTek have all announced their new flagship SoCs, but neither of them is available just yet. MediaTek have announced the deca-core Helio X20 64-bit processor, which will, according to MediaTek’s leaked roadmap, launch before the end of March.
Well, that launch timeframe might not be that accurate after all, especially if the latest rumor is accurate. According to the rumor, MediaTek is currently battling Helio X20’s overheating issues, and that might postpone the release of this SoC. That rumor surfaced earlier today, and the same source shared yet another piece of info. According to the source, Xiaomi, HTC and Lenovo have all given up on the Helio X20, and have no plans on using it in their devices this year. Now, the source does mention that the reason for this are overheating issues of the chip, which is understandable, presuming it is true, of course. Keep in mind that this is just a rumor at this point, and we’re not able to confirm anything. We’ll see if MediaTek will release any sort of official statement in the coming days, which is highly unlikely, but the chip is expected to launch soon, so stay tuned for more info regarding that.
Now, MediaTek’s Helio X20 is inferior to both the Snapdragon 820 and Exynos 8890, at least according to the spec info these companies have released, and leaked benchmarking information as well. The Helio X20 does look quite promising though, it might not be as powerful as the two aforementioned processors, but it’s more than powerful enough to fuel any flagship out there, at least on paper. It remains to be seen how accurate are these rumors, we’re hoping that they’re false, and that MediaTek won’t have issues like Snapdragon 810 once the company launches this chip. Either way, stay tuned, we’ll make sure to let you know if new info surfaces, as we always do.