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MediaTek’s Deca-Core Helio X20 Could Be Overheating

Many Smartphones use one type of MediaTek’s SoC or the other. The SoCs have been known to always deliver quality results on all devices that may be housing them. In addition to their designs and efficiency, they last for as long as possible without giving much trace of faults. Most of the devices that come with this SoCs are in the entry-level and midrange classes, making MediaTek popular for its budget SoC solutions.

The latest Helio chips that the company released are featuring low octa-core models and they are expected to come with a deca-core model very soon. The deca-core SoC is touted to be the biggest competitor to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 chipset when it arrives. The Helio P10 is the most affordable of the line of MediaTeks SoCs, while the HelioX10 is sitting comfortably in the middle of the park—pricewise. These models of the chipsets are already available on most budget Smartphones that are aimed at the Asian markets. The third of the range of chips is the Helio X20 which is the world’s first 10-core processor. It is being eagerly awaited by tech lovers as the leaks, rumors and reports have been talking about the powerful performance of this yet-to-arrive chipset.

MediaTek has taken time to work on its Helio X20, even though it has been announced since May 2015, it hasn’t arrived in the market yet. MediaTek has also hinted that it wants to release a perfect SoC, so it has taken its time to work on each step of the process. One of the major problems that have been causing delays in the release of the X20 processor was the Wi-Fi failures at random times. After the Wi-Fi issues were reportedly fixed, the silicone slinger has also detected an overheating issue on the SoC. The problem seems so bad that manufacturers who were planning to use the chipset on new Smartphones have given up and gone for other chipsets. We can’t really tell if MediaTek would decide to push the production and release of the chipset further to allow them enough time to fix the issues or they would just proceed with the release as planned.

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It is always a challenge when a processor is labeled ‘Overheating’; and if a  Smartphone manufacturer uses one such chipset, it will suffer the brunt of the market as customers will prefer going for a lower version chipset that works well than having a device with a higher version chipset that is doing the work of a heater. Samsung’s Galaxy S6 has succeeded and its success is partly attributed to its cool home-made Exynos 7420 SoC that has no overheating issues; LG’s G4 that comes with the lower Snapdragon 808 sells even more as the Smartphone has no overheating issues.

Qualcomm has claimed that its Snapdragon 820 has no overheating issues as it has worked to phase-out all overheating causing problems. If Qualcomm is now going cooler, it may be that MediaTek is about to take over the overheating problems that Qualcomm is gradually leaving behind, but only time would confirm that.



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