These days, Qualcomm is the most important supplier of processors for most OEMs, as the semiconductor company has a rich portfolio of products for all types of handsets. But some companies also prefer to stick with their own processors, such as Samsung with the newest Galaxy S6, Huawei with its Kirin SoC and others.
There are also companies who don’t have the capability to build its own kernels and who choose not to partner with Qualcomm (probably because of the associated costs). And for them, one of the first alternatives is Taiwan-based MediaTek, which is responsible for the design and the sale of hardware devices and semiconductor chips but who is outsourcing their fabrication. That’s why it is referred to as a fabless semiconductor company.
And now the company has announced the launch of a new range of processors that will arrive on high-end smartphones, hoping to offer a viable alternative for phonemakers and also to bring some competition for Qualcomm. The new products are called Helio X and Helio P, and their standout features are said to be high-performance and low power consumption.
MediaTek disclosed more details only regarding the Helio X10, which is a 64-bit module that brings 120Hz display and MiraVision Technology and Smart Screen. The new chip also brings 8 true octa-cores clocked at 2.2 GHz and it will also offer support for display refresh rates up to 120 Hz, and slow motion videos at 480fps. The Helio X10 is an octa-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor with clock speeds up to 2.2GHz and a 28nm process.
The company also mentioned that the Helio-P SoC will be a premium one and it will be launched later this year. We should expect the first devices with Helio CPUs to be here in the second quarter of 2015. As some Qualcomm’s chips have been accused of causing overheating, it could be a good moment for MediaTek to step in with its new products. And, of course, it will be interesting to see how will look like the performance of the devices carrying these aboard