While many would associate September 29th with the launch of Google’s new Nexus handsets, it’s important to remember that HTC is also holding a device launch party on that same day. The Taiwanese handset maker is expected to take the wraps off two new flagships, one of which is believed to be called the HTC One A9 (Aero). HTC must be stepping up final testing of the device because it has been spotted making the rounds on the GeekBench benchmarking site, with its deca-core MediaTek Helio X20 processor posting impressive results.
The MediaTek Helio X20 (MT6797) processor consists of ten cores set in a tri-cluster configuration, with two A72 cores and eight A53 cores providing the grunt. The combination of the different types of cores aims to maintain great battery life while providing power when needed. The Graphics chip is a new T8xx series chip that is more powerful than the PowerVR G6200 found in the MT6795.
As you can see from the image above, the MediaTek powered HTC One A9 achieved 1835 in the single-core test, which is close to what the Nexus 9 scores with the dual-core Tegra K1 processor. In the multi-core test, the MediaTek Helio X20 chip even managed to beat the Exynos 7420 that powers Samsung’s Galaxy S6, finishing with an amazing score of 5884 points. Truly staggering. The Helio X20 appears to represent a huge step up in performance for MediaTek.
The benchmark also revealed a couple of specifications for the HTC One A9, namely that it will carry 4GB of RAM and run Android 5.1 Lollipop. It’s also rumoured to carry ground-breaking camera technology, which sounds intriguing, to say the least. There isn’t too long to wait until the HTC One A9 is made official, and I’m sure they’ll be more leaks in the meantime. September 29th is shaping up to be a busy day for new devices.