sMediaTek announced two new processors in its Helio X series and claims to achieve a new benchmark in user experience. Besides, MediaTek is well known for making budget-friendly processors used in low-cost phones.

The Helio X23 and Helio X27(MediaTek 6797X) are an upgrade to the existing Helio X20 series. Like all processor upgrades, these new processors offer energy saving and performance improvements.

Helio X27 And Helio X23

Furthermore, the new processors have a new design to support special features, like the dual cameras, and advancements in image processing techniques. Recently, MediaTek has also announced the Helio X30, Helio P25, Helio P20 Processors.

Specs Details Features for MediaTek X23 and X27

MediaTek X23 and 27 comes with Decca cores (10 Cores), fabricated in three clusters. The X27 processor comes with Max clock speed of 2.6 GHz and includes 2 Cortex A72 cores and a pair of Quad Cores Cortex A53 clusters. The X23 processor has a max clock speed of 2.3 GHz.

Specs of MediaTek X23
  • 2 Cortex A72 cores with 2.3 GHz clock speed
  • 4 Cortex A53 cores with 1.85 GHz clock speed
  • 4 Cortex A53 cores with 1.4 GHz clock speed
 Specs of X MediaTek X27
  • 2 Cortex A72 cores with 2.6 GHz clock speed
  • 4 Cortex A53 cores with 2.0 GHz clock speed
  • 4 Cortex A53 cores with 1.6 GHz clock speed

The GPU used in the MediaTek Helio X23 is same as the one used in the MediaTek Helio X20. It uses ARM Mali-T880 MP4 clocked at 780 MHz.  On the other hand, the Helio X27 comes with ARM Mali-T880MP4 GPU clocked a little higher @875 MHz.

Both The processors are driven by MediaTek core pilot 3.0 technologies, which prioritize workloads to each core based on complexity. This results in the better balancing between power and performance. Further, the processor is manufactured by 20 Nm process, in comparison to Qualcomm SD 821 that comes with cutting-edge 14 Nm process.

Notably, the upcoming MediaTek Helio X30 is likely to come with a 10 Nm process.

The GPU of X23, X27 delivers upto 20% performance boost, for better gaming and web browsing experience.

There’s also upgrade for MediaTek’s Imaging ISP technology, in this processor.

The Imagic ISP (image signal processing) offers special features for dual camera set up. It delivers real-time depth simulation for camera images,  improved Digital Zoom by utilizing both the cameras and the ability to distinguish the background and foreground in images.

Apart from these, the ISP also combines PDA focus and laser autofocus simultaneously, resulting in better photography under any lighting conditions. Additionally, the processor supports Dual ISP 32 MP @ 24 fps (single camera) or with 13 MP + 13 MP @ 30 fps (dual camera).

Display Support and Improvements

Furthermore, the processors include Miravision energy smart screen function. It optimizes screen power consumption by managing the power based on screen content. Thereby, the power delivery is reduced for the screen usage by 25% when rendering less content.

Likewise, the display the RF radio also comes with power optimizations. The processor dynamically handles voltage supply to RF section, rather than wasting power with the fixed voltage supply.

Performance Improvements

Furthermore, the X25 processor is used in the Meizu Pro 6 and performs well in benchmarks. It scores 100,159 points close to the score of Snapdragon 820(12500 points). We can expect even more performance boost from the X27 processor, that may beat the current benchmark score of Snapdragon 820. But it might not be a match for the Qualcomm fastest Processor Snapdragon 821.

With the Decca core architecture, the MediaTek X25 is already leading the game in Multi-core performance. However, MediaTek processors lag in other areas like single core performance, Frame rates etc. Even the new processor doesn’t seem to resolve these issues.

Lastly, the Helio series processors ha the ability to handle CPU heavy Apps better than others,  but they are weak at offering intensive graphics performance. We hope that the new upgrades will have some improvements in these areas.

Notably, Lenovo has recently launched the Lenovo K8 Note powered by the Helio X23 processor.

Author: Kanuj Sharma

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