MediaTek has talked about their Helio X30 64-bit deca-core processor a couple of times thus far, as the company released various info about this chip, more of it landed back in July last year. Well, the company has just officially unveiled this SoC at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, along with all the necessary details. We did have quite a few info about the chip before MWC, but this time around MediaTek laid out all the info for the public. Having that in mind, let's delve into details, shall we.
Along with its announcement, MediaTek basically announced this chip's commercial availability, as the company confirmed that the chip will be available to manufacturers starting in Q2 this year. The company mentions that this is the most powerful chip they've released to date, and that they expect it will fuel a number of flagships smartphones in 2017. This 64-bit deca-core processor is based on a Tri-Cluster architecture, and this is a 10nm chipset. The Helio X30 requires 50% less power in order to function, compared to its predecessor, the Helio X20, and this new chip also offers a 35% better performance than its predecessor. "MediaTek's Helio X30 fuses together state-of-the-art processing architecture, fabrication and connectivity to provide an unparalleled mobile experience," said Jeffrey Ju, MediaTek's Executive Vice President and Co-COO.
The Helio X30 is based on two ARM Cortex-A73 cores which are clocked at 2.5GHz, four ARM Cortex-A53 cores running at 2.2GHz, and four ARM Cortex-A35 cores which are tuned to 1.9GHz. The Helio X30 offers a category 10 4G LTE modem, and offers support for three downlink Carrier Aggregation (3CA), and two uplink Carrier Aggregation (2CA) for high volume content streaming, says MediaTek. The PowerVR Series7XT Plus GPU is in charge of graphics processing, and it is clocked at 800MHz. This GPU is tweaked so it offers best performance with MediaTek's Helio X30 SoC, and it also offers power savings up to 60% compared to the Helio X20, while it also offers up to 2.4 times better performance than its predecessor. The Helio X30 also has a hardware-based 4K2K 10-bit HDR10 video decoding, and it incorporates MediaTek's CorePilot 4.0 technology.
This chip comes with two 14-bit image signal processors in order to support 16-megapixel + 16-megapixel dual camera setups, while it also delivers advanced functionality, says MediaTek. To give you some examples, wide + zoom combination lenses for real-time depth of field effects are supported, same goes for fast auto exposure and real-time de-noise in low-light conditions. ClearZoom and Temporal Noise Reduction (TNR) technologies are also supported here, and the chip also comes with a built-in Vision Processing Unit (VPU), which is paired with MediaTek's Imagiq 2.0 image signal processor.