MediaTek popularly known for making processors found in budget smartphones are set to drop a deca-core processor called the Helio X20. MediaTek claimed it’s the ‘world’s first mobile processor with tri-cluster CPU architecture’ and features 10-cores.
The tri-cluster CPU architecture simply means the 10 cores are shared into 3 compartments (see graphic below) or clusters, with each cluster designed to efficiently handle different tasks. The first cluster has two ARM Cortex-A72 cores (clocked at 2.5GHz for extreme performance), and two other clusters have four ARM Cortex-A53 cores (one clocked at 2GHz for normal tasks, and the other clocked at 1.4GHz for lighter processes) each.
The new Helio X20 comes with support for 32-megapixel single camera, better graphics processing, 4k and 2k video capture, and better 3D gaming performance. It also supports new multimedia codecs like HEVC and VP9 HW- marked improvement on the older Helio X10.
This comes as MediaTek’s response to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 series, found in majority of flagships released this year except for the Galaxy S6/Galaxy S6 Edge that uses homemade Exynos 7 series processors. The firm confirmed the Helio X20 will be sampled by the 3rd quarter of 2015, and would start appearing in devices by the end of the year.