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No Helio X40 | MediaTek To Focus On Mid-Range Chips

MediaTek officially announced that its latest high-end SoC Helio X30 last year in February. The X30 SoC couldn’t do well and it was beaten badly by the Snapdragon 835 besides being a 10-core processor. In view of the above,  MediaTek has decided to realign its strategic direction by not focussing on Helio X40 for sometime and focus more on mid-range chipsets.

Helio X40
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Why Not Helio X40 | A Look At Helio X30 Features

Like the previous-generation processor Helio X20, the Helio X30 CPU uses a three-cluster architecture consisting of two Cortex-A73 cores clocked at 2.5 GHz, four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 2.2 GHz, and four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.9 GHz (main clocks). It supports the latest CorePilot 4.0 technology which enables optimal configuration of computing resources across multiple cores and allocates the right amount of power for tasks.

The network supports LTE Cat.10 baseband to meet the needs of smartphone users for seamless connection speeds. The downlink network supports three-carrier aggregation (3CA), and the uplink network supports two-carrier aggregation (2CA).

On the GPU side, the Helio X30 uses the Imagination PowerVR Series7XT Plus GPU. The default clock speed is 800MHz. Compared to the Helio X20, the performance is 2.4 times faster and 60% lower power consumption.

The Helio X30 supports up to 2560×1600 screen resolution, supports up to 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM, and supports eMMC 5.1 or UFS 2.1 flash memory. On the ISP side, processing the same image can save 10% power consumption compared to conventional CPUs, support up to 28 million pixel sensors, including dual 16 million pixel sensors, and improve the electronic image stabilization and autofocus in video capture. The speed, also supports 2x optical zoom on slim body, with wide + zoom hybrid lens, real-time shallow depth of field effects, fast auto exposure and real-time noise reduction in dark light environment and many other features.

At the same time, Helio X30 also has a built-in visual processing unit (VPU) and Mediatek’s Imagiq 2.0 image signal processor to reduce CPU and GPU load. In addition, the Helio X30 is the first SoC to support 4K 10-bit HDR10 video decoding and supports 4K video capture at 30fps.

Helio X30’s Fall | No Helio X40 For Sometime

In addition to the cellular connectivity specifications for high-end chips, the X30 also has a certain gap between the power consumption and the performance of the flagship processor such as Snapdragon 835. Now the company has changed its strategy for high-end chips, and has refocused its focus on Helio P-series chipset development.

Enter, Helio P22 – The first midrange chip manufactured using a 12nm process, using TSMC’s FinFET process.

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