Chinese strike again, and this time they bring Elephone P9000, the first smartphone with the deca – core processor. But the question here is, are those additional two cores going to make any difference?
The answer is NO! Adding additional cores to the CPU became marketing trick because, in reality, there’s no application that’s going to use all those cores. Anyway, MediaTek Helio X20, the processor with ten cores, in its architecture is going to have additional two ARM Cortex A72 cores to speed of 2.5 GHz that should bring improvement in the performance of the Cortex A57 that is used by the manufacturers of the eight core CPUs.
The interesting thing here is that the other eight cores are going to be ARM Cortex A53, four of which with a speed of 2.0 GHz and the other four with a speed of 1.4 GHz and will be used for doing the easy part because they have reduced power usage. Of course it is not really clear why use eight, when you have two super power cores, but from MediaTek say that this is going to be the most balanced processor on the market, in terms of usage and performances.
Helio X20 will continue to be made of transistors with a size of 28 mm, although, according to ARM, Cortex A72 should be made with a size of 16 NM to achieve the best performances.