The report citing industry sources suggests that the upcoming flagship smartphones (such as the Mi 5 and Mi Note Pro's successor) will likely be powered by MediaTek's latest chipset. The sources expect that MediaTek will attract orders for the Helio X20 SoCs from Xiaomi.
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MediaTek has said that the Helio X20 chipset will be available for commercial sampling by third quarter, and smartphones with this new chipset are said to begin shipping by the end of 2015.
MediaTek's 20nm deca-core processor will have three clusters of processor cores. It will have two Cortex A72 cores clocked at 2.5GHz, four Cortex A53 cores clocked at 2GHz and four Cortex A53 cores clocked at 1.4GHz.
On the features front, the Helio X20 can support dual primary cameras with 3D depth engine for shots with better depth of field. It also has a 120Hz display refresh that is better than the current 60Hz refresh rate for what the company claims will offer better browsing and video watching experience.
It's worth noting that Xiaomi used the v2.1 or the third edition of the Snapdragon 810 on its Mi Note Pro, and even announced it worked with Qualcomm to refine the processor.
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Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 SoC had its share of controversies as many claimed overheating issues on the chipset, which led Samsung to opt for its own Exynos chipset for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.
Qualcomm is also reportedly working on a 10-core chip dubbed as the Snapdragon 818. It is rumored to be able to manage LTE-Cat 10 speeds.