Chinese chip maker MediaTek has been gaining some serious traction in the smartphone and tablet space over the past few years. MediaTek offers a few higher-performance 64-bit, octa-core processors. Now MediaTek has unveiled two new series (Helio) of chips designed for reasonably high performance mobile devices.
MediaTek’s Helio X series stands for “Extreme Performance” and will include the company’s top performing chips, while the Helio P series will offer “Premium Performance,” while balancing the need for speed with energy efficiency in order to enable thinner devices (or hopefully mobile devices with longer battery life). The first of the new chips expected to hit the streets it the Helio X10, (also known as the MT6795W), which should launch in mid-April. It’s a 28nm octa-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor with clock speeds up to 2.2 GHz and support for 4G LTE.
Future Helio chips will include 20nm models based on ARM Cortex-A72 architecture. MediaTek says its new Helio chips will support 4K, H.265 video, 120 Hz screen refresh rates, and support for cameras that can capture 1080p video at 480 frames per second.