Even if the number of hearts does not necessarily make the quality of a smartphone, it is always good on a technical sheet to have a few more hearts than a competitor, despite the constraints generated in terms of energy consumption or effective use of clusters.
While octocore processors are commonplace in current smartphones and tablets, the manufacturer MediaTek decided to go even further with a processor Helio X20 decacore, i.e. with 10 cores in the configuration of 2 ARM Cortex A72, 4 ARM Cortex A53 2 GHz and 4 ARM Cortex A53 1.4 GHz, the trick being to assert that this tri-cluster organization is more efficient for common usage scenarios, without having to activate the greediest hearts too often.
The first smartphone to use a 10-core processor should be Chinese and it would be the Elephone P9000, expected at last quarter 2015, and accompanied by an ARM Mali T800 GPU and 4 GB of LPDDR3 RAM.
The smartphone should offer 32 GB of storage space and a 20.7 megapixel back photo sensor, with an 8 megapixel module at the front, all served by a large 5.5 inch Full HD display and a 3100 mAh battery. . It could be proposed for the equivalent of $ 500.