Last year, MediaTek announced its new flagship mobile SoC, the Helio X30. The 10nm chipset is expected to show up in devices starting Q2 this year. The successor to the Helio X30, will apparently be manufactured on a 7nm process, in partnership with TSMC.
The switch to a 7nm process will mean the next MediaTek flagship mobile SoC will boast of significant efficiency improvements compared to the Helio X30. In addition to being more efficient, the SoC is rumored to be significantly more powerful as well. The core count will go up to 12 from 10 on the Helio X30, possibly arranged in a similar tri-cluster configuration as the Helio X30 chip.
TSMC and Samsung are both expected to begin mass production of 7nm mobile processors by early next year, which means we could see the first 12-core Helio SoC powered smartphones to show up by the middle of next year.
So far, MediaTek hasn’t been able to take on Qualcomm in high-end mobile SoC segment as its flagship Helio chips have so far performed significantly worse than the flagship Snapdragon chips. The upcoming Helio X30 is expected to be a lot more competitive though, but with the 12-core 7nm SoC next year, MediaTek could finally have a serious rival to Qualcomm’s 8XX series chips.