XIAOMI TO SNAP OUT THE DRAGON & OPT FOR MEDIATEK IN ITS NEXT PHONEby Rajshree Faria May 29, 2015
With the average Smartphone lover not happy with mediocre performance handsets, the onus to satiate the users’ thirst for fast performing processors falls on the Smartphone companies and the chipset makers. Keeping this in mind, MediaTek, one of the leading system-on-chip solution providers, and Xiaomi, one of the fastest growing Smartphone brands have collaborated to power the next range of Xiaomi’s handset devices. A little more about how this development came about…
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Xiaomi’s Note-series Smartphones have been equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 and so has the HTC One M9, LG G Flex 2, some other high- end handsets. However, according to most reports, the dragon was spouting a lot of unnecessary fire (it had complaints of overheating) making it problematic for these Smartphones. Although these reports were later known to be exaggerated, sources said that Xiaomi was still looking at the newly launched 10-core Helio X20 SoC (System on Chip) by MediaTek to power its future products like the Mi5.
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The MediaTek SoC will reportedly sport an impressive Tri-Cluster CPU architecture. It will have two ARM Cortex-A72 cores processors that will clock at 2.5 GHz and is specially packed in for powerful users, it will make multi-tasking a seamless and hassle free job. Besides there are two clusters of four ARM Cortex A 53 cores, one clocking a speed of 2.0 GHz and the other clocking a speed of 1.4 GHz. The processors are ideal to suit the needs of both the medium intensity users as well as the light users.
It seems like a good idea to divide the cores into three different clusters for better allocation of resources depending on the task requirement, thus extending the battery life by up to 30% as per some highly optimistic estimates. The specs of the chipset suggest that phone that will be powered by the Helio X20 SoC will have 4G support which will, theoretically, have speeds of up to 300Mbps. Furthermore, the phone will be equipped with 3D depth engine technology that will support the dual main cameras. The chipset boasts of having ARM Cortex M4 low power sensor processor that runs the phone display at 120Hz. This not only saves power while running lightweight applications like MP3 player but also keeps your phone running for a long time.
The battle between Qualcomm’s Snapdragon and MediaTek chipset is an old one with each taking digs at each other. It appears that with Xiaomi now choosing MediaTek over Snapdragon chipset to power its future flagship models like the Mi5, the battle has been won by the latter. However, it remains to be seen how farther this fight for supremacy reigns before a tech champ is announced. Watch this space for more on that…