In the middle of April, MediaTek, the company whose chips have normally been seen in low-end budget models from China (until recently), was the first to offer a true octa-core chipset back in 2013. Now, a report out of China states that the chipmaker has displayed its next-gen product at a special event. Companies that showed up to take a gander included Xiaomi and Vivo.
According to a Chinese analyst, the new MediaTek Helio X20 chipset will be equipped with 10 cores, and is said to have produced an AnTuTu benchmark score above 70,000. The octa-core MT-6795 that is being used to drive the HTC One M9 Plus, has scored above 50,000 on the same test.
MediaTek is said to be ready to begin mass production of the chip by the end of the year. While the company has started to place its chips inside high-end Asian models, it has yet to penetrate the U.S. market. That might change if the Helio X20 performs as well as the AnTuTu test suggests it will.
From the offical data, the MT6797 will include a pair of 2.5GHz Cortex-A72 cores, four 2.0GHz Cortex-A53 cores, and four 1.4GHz Cortex-A53 cores. Another slide confirms earlier talk that the chip scored above 70,000 on the AnTuTu Benchmark site. The MT6797 will reportedly offer a 40% boost in performance when compared to the prior Helio X10 chips put out by MediaTek.
The MT6797 will employ MediaTek's Tri-Cluster CPU Architecture. The 4+4 A53 cores will use the big. LITTLE architecture to provide a balance of power and efficient battery use. The chip will be produced using TSMC's 20nm process and does support LTE-A/Cat. 6. The latter provides data speed as fast as 300Mbps.
Mass production of the MT6797 is expected to begin in July, which means it could be the end of the year before manufacturers start using the chip inside new smartphones.