Although many flagship devices planned for 2016 appear to be on track to use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor to provide the computing power, we have seen rumors that other manufacturers are trying to figure out how to get into the high-end chip game. One of those is Mediatek which has primarily played in the budget and mid-range markets. However, with their line of Helio chips the company is trying to compete at the higher end. The forthcoming Helio X20 should be able to at least get Mediatek a place on the field, especially in light of some new scores that have surfaced on GeekBench.
Mediatek is pushing the speed and performance of the Helio X20 by using a 10-core architecture. With so much silicon being thrown at crunching the numbers, it should be no surprise that the Helio X20 posted a multi-core score in excess of 7,000 putting it into some rarified air. This puts it closer to Samsung’s Exynos 8890 chipset which is believed to be testing in the 7,400 score range.
The downside for Mediatek is that their single-core score is a more pedestrian 2,094 which lags behind Apple Twister cores and Qualcomm Kryo cores. This is likely due to Mediatek still using a 20nm manufacturing process instead of the 14nm to 16nm processes other leading chips are moving to.