MediaTek said to unveil 10-core processor

17 Apr
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Taiwanese chip designer MediaTek was recently rumored to be working on a 10-core processor scheduled for release later this year. Multiple reports also said the processor had stellar benchmark scores.

Chinese analyst Steven Pan said on his Weibo that MediaTek on April 15 introduced its 10-core high-end processor Helio X20 to clients including Xiaomi and Vivo. The processor reportedly scored over 70,000 points on AnTuTu. In comparison, MediaTek’s octa-core MT-6795/ Helio X10, fitted in HTC One M9 Plus, obtained 50,000 AnTuTu points.

Phone Arena also reported on April 15 that sources revealed MediaTek will start mass producing Helio X20 by the end of this year. Though its market share in Asia’s high-end smartphone market has been increasing, MediaTek has yet to tap into the U.S. market. If Helio X20’s performance is indeed as efficient as it was shown on AnTuTu benchmark, MediaTek can look forward to entering the U.S. market.

Qualcomm, MediaTek’s top rival, may be under huge pressure now. An April 15 report by GizmoChina said that while MediaTek’s MT6795 received positive reviews, Qualcomm’s Snapdagon 810 was plagued by the overheating issue. If Qualcomm fails to wow the market with its next-generation Snapdragon 820, it will be MediaTek’s chance to rise as a market leader with the 10-core Helio X20.

(News source: MoneyDJ)