Update Sep 5: Prior to any confirmation on MediaTek Helio X20’s launch, Elephone has listed a smartphone, P9000, on its website that it claims to run on the deca-core Helio X20 SoC. The device has been given October 20, 2015, release date. If that does happen, the Elephone P9000 will become the first smartphone to run on the first ten-core processor for smartphones.
The Elephone P9000 is also officially listed for pre-orders on an e-commerce website for $329.99. Most of the specifications are same, with the e-commerce listing the cameras having resolutions of 16MP rear and 13MP front, there is no clarity whether this is a glitch, or Elephone intends to launch two variants of it.
Earlier Jun 23: The Elephone P9000 could become the first Android smartphone to use the MediaTek Helio X20 processor clocked at 2.0 GHz, which features 10 cores. The MediaTek Helio X20 CPU, it will be a 20nm chip which will feature a pair of ARM Cortex-A72 cores that will perform all of the heavy lifting, a quartet of ARM Cortex-A53 cores that have the ability to handle medium load scenarios, another quartet of optimized Cortex-A53s that will handle all low-power states.
The Elephone P9000 is expected to feature a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 32GB of expandable storage, a 20.7MP main camera (probably made by Sony), a 8MP selfie snapper, and a 3,100 mAh battery under the hood. It comes with 32GB of built-in storage with an expansion capacity up to 128GB using microSD card and supports LTE network. The dimensions of the handset are 152.6 x 76.2 x 8 mm. The price of the P9000 is expected to be around $499.99. The release date is set to October 20th, a little earlier than expected by the company behind the processor.
The new Helio X20 SoC features support for smartphone/ tablet displays with a refresh rate of 120Hz; and also brings support for 32-megapixel single camera with 24fps and 25-megapixel with 30fps; packs 3D depth engine built into hardware; includes new de-noise and demosaic hardware for improved image quality; supports 10-bit colour depth, and also supports both HEVC and VP9 HW decoding. It also features an embedded ARM Cortex-M4 processor, which is a low power sensor processor supporting always-on apps such as MP3 playback and voice activation.