Taiwan-based chipset maker MediaTek is reportedly working on a new lineup of chips and now rumors are rife that the Helio X12 SoC from the company will not only have a faster CPU speed, but also offer improved battery efficiency.

MediaTek's mid-tier Helio X12 chipset is allegedly an upgraded variant of the company's Helio X10 and is poised to be in the same bracket as the Snapdragon 620/618 and the Exynos 7422.

Now publication G4Games' anonymous source has shared details of MediaTek's impending SoC via an e-mail. According to the site's source, the Helio X12 will be offering several improvements.

"Our source claims that the SoC will be an upgraded Helio X10, which is why the chipset is known by the model number 'MT6795X,'" notes the site.

Compared to Helio X10, the Helio X12 will boast higher clock speeds, which is courtesy of the HPC+ Process. The GPU also sees improvement and will be the same as that in the MT8173 and will bring support for new APIs and offer more efficiency.

While the RAM stays the same when compared to Helio X10, the storage on the Helio X12 chipset gets a boost and will be upgraded to eMMC 5.1, which is the same one on the Helio X20 and Helio P10. The USB will also be faster and is the same one as that on the Helio X20 (USB 3.1 Gen1).

The camera ISPs also see improvements and will boast Dual ISPs as those on the Helio P10 chipset. The Helio X12 will also offer support for 4K 30 fps HDR video recording and 10 bit video playback, 14 LTE bands and new APIs such as OpenGL ES 3.2 and Vulkan.

It will also support Wi-Fi calling, VoLTE, LTE Cat.6, World-Mode (CDMA2K), Dual-Channel and 933 MHz LPDDR3. The Helio X12 SoC will also boast a True 64 bit octa-core 8x Cortex A53 and 2.25 GHz. The chipset's manufacturing node is the new 28 nm HPC+, it will also have 21 MP ZSD, TrueBright Engine, FM Radio, Bluetooth, and external Wi-Fi support.

Per the source the Helio X12 will also have MiraVision 2.0, Imagination GX6250, 750 MHz, Improved 3A/Denoise/Demosaic/Sharpness.

The early benchmark score for the chip is as follows:

– 55000 on AnTuTu

– 1100 on GeekBench Single

– 5400 on GeekBench Multi

Since the Helio X12 is similar to the Helio X10 in many ways, OEMs will be able to upgrade with ease from designs that are based on the older X10 chipset.

The publication also let on that Xiaomi will likely release a 5-inch smartphone — possibly the Xiaomi Redmi 3 — which is fueled by the new Helio X12 SoC from MediaTek.

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