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Forget about 8 cores, your phone could soon be powered by 10 cores

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So far, 2015 has been a year of Octa-core powered smartphones. Galaxy S6 is equipped with Samsung’s in-house chipset Exynos 7240 that comes with 8 cores, whereas CPU manufacturer Qualcomm also debuted their top tier Snapdragon 810 processor with 8 cores, and ever since it has been used in flagship phones like LG G flex 2 and HTC one M9.

Taiwanese SoC manufacturer MediaTek, however, recently announced Helio X20 SoC – the world’s first mobile processor with ten processing cores (Deca-core). The processor is set to make a debut in mid-October packed inside the Chinese smartphone brand Elephone.

According to the latest leaks, Elephone P9000 will be the first smartphone to sport Helio X20 SoC. Other rumored specs of the Elephone P9000 suggests a 5.5-inch display, 4GB RAM, 32GB storage, 20.7MP camera, 8MP front shooter, dual-SIM functionality and a 3,100mAh battery.

What’s the difference- Snapdragon 810 Vs MediaTek Helio X20:

Snapdragon 810 SoC has 8 cores with big.LITTLE architecture – four big powerful Cortex A57 cores operating at a frequency of 2 GHz and four LITTLE energy efficient Cortex A53 operating at a frequency of 1.55GHz. These 2 type of processor cluster delivers optimum performance and battery life for smartphones. A ‘LITTLE’ processor provides maximum power efficiency for everyday tasks like web browsing, messaging, etc. while a ‘big’ processor provides maximum computing capacity when required like while playing HD graphics intensifying games.

big.LITTLE architecture

MediaTek Helio X20 Soc offers slightly different architecture than Snapdragon 810’s big.LITTLE. It comes with Tri-Cluster CPU architecture – big.MedIUM.LITTLE. This Tri-Cluster arrangement provides two ‘big’ Cortex A72 cores @2.5GHz offering extreme performance, four ‘MedIUM’ Cortex A53 cores @2.0GHz offering best performance/power balance, and four ‘LITTLE’ Cortex A53 cores @1.4GHz offering best power efficiency.

Mediatek says that the Tri-Cluster CPU architecture offers reduced power consumption (30% improvement) vs ARM big.LITTLE across all performance demand conditions.

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