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MediaTek’s new 10-core Helio X25 chip will be exclusive to the Meizu Pro 6

By Koh Wanzi - on 17 Mar 2016, 12:04pm

MediaTek’s new 10-core Helio X25 chip will be exclusive to the Meizu Pro 6

The MediaTek Helio X25 is really just a faster clocked version of the Helio X20. (Image Source: Engadget)

MediaTek has announced the Helio X25, an updated version of its deca-core Helio X20 chip. The new chip is essentially just a faster version of the Helio X20, and will be clocked at 2.5GHz instead of 2.3GHz for the Cortex-A72 performance cluster. The Mali-T880 MP4 GPU has also been bumped up to 850MHz from 780MHz.

MediaTek reportedly developed the Helio X25 together with Chinese company Meizu, and the new chip will be exclusive to the latter’s upcoming flagship smartphone, the Meizu Pro 6, for a few months. In addition, MediaTek also announced that the first Helio X20 phones will hit the market as soon as next month. Unfortunately, details were sparse as to which phones would feature the X20, or even when the Pro 6 would arrive.

Both the Helio X20 and X25 are tri-cluster chips, which means the 10 cores are grouped into three separate clusters that handle workloads of varying intensities. In theory, this allows for greater efficiency over dual-cluster SoCs because tasks can be assigned to the cluster that best suits them (whether this proves true in practice is another matter altogether).

MediaTek’s Helio X20 family is generally viewed as a direct competitor to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 SoC. The Helio X20 series of chips, which encompasses the new X25, includes features like SilkSwipe for better touchscreen responsiveness, Imagiq ISP for support for 3D camera sensors, and MiraVision CrystalView for smooth 120fps video.

Source: MediaTek via Engadget

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