MediaTek is a Taiwan-based mobile processor manufacturer which most of you probably heard of by now. This company started off by releasing low and mid-range processors only, but their last two flagship chips, the Helio X10 and X20, are actually really compelling. MediaTek chips fuel a number of smartphones at the moment, and a ton of handsets which are launched in China utilize these SoCs. MediaTek’s MT6735, MT6753, MT6755 (Helio P10) and the MT6795 (Helio X10) processors are amongst the company’s most popular SoCs.
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That being said, a couple of smartphones which have been announced recently already include the company’s Helio X20 64-bit deca-core processor. This is the first deca-core mobile SoC in the world, and it is quite capable, but it’s not able to compete with the likes of Snapdragon 820 or Exynos 8890 just yet. Well, MediaTek’s next-gen processor might change the odds in MediaTek’s favor, at least that’s what their COO expects. MediaTek’s COO, Zhu Shangzu, recently said that he expects big things for the Helio X30. He actually said that the upcoming Helio X30 SoC could compete directly with Qualcomm’s and Samsung’s flagship offerings, and it is expected to be announced later this year. The Helio X30 will be yet another deca-core processor, and it will be built on a 16nm architecture. You can expect to see four Cortex A53 and six Cortex A72 cores on the inside, though keep in mind that this info hasn’t been confirmed just yet.
Now, the real challenge for MediaTek will be the GPU side of things, as they really do lack behind the competition in this regard. The Mali-T880 MP4 GPU is capable, but it cannot compete with the likes of what Snapdragon 820 and Exynos 8890 have to offer in this regard. MediaTek will have to boost the GPU in the Helio X30 if they expect that chip to be equal, or better, than the competition. Either way, it will be interesting to see what will MediaTek offer in the end, but one thing is for sure, this company has been doing a really good job in the last couple of years.