MediaTek Helio X20 (MT6797) provides three processor clusters, each designed to more efficiently handle different types of workloads. Much like adding gears to vehicles, dividing the cores into three clusters provides a more efficient allocation of tasks for optimum performance and extended battery life. It can delegate simple tasks to one cluster of cores, while directing more complex (and more power-hungry) tasks to the other clusters For example, if the smartphone is doing only simple tasks, such as sending text messages or running the calculator on one cluster, the other clusters can power down ready for when required, therefore, driving both smoother, responsive performance and an extended battery life.

The MediaTek Helio X20 is capable of supporting smartphones with dual-cameras and includes color and mono sensor support. This multiple-sensor design can capture three times the light of a traditional single-bayer sensor, thus reducing image noise and increasing quality. It features a built-in 3D depth engine for depth of field processing, as well as multi-scale de-noise engines, for faster response time between shots and unprecedented detail, color, and sharpness, even under extreme conditions.

MediaTek's The display can be refreshed at up to 120 fps for crisp and responsive scrolling of web content and maps, and with an ARM Mali-T880 MP4 GPU up to 780MHz, it yields uncompromised performance in games with high-resolution graphics.

Meanwhile, an integrated sensor hub featuring an embedded ARM Cortex-M4 processor operates on an isolated, low-power domain to support diverse always-on applications, such as MP3 playback and voice activated apps.

MT6300 Envelope Tracking Module

The MT6300 is an Envelope Tracking Module (ETM), that complements MediaTek’s CAT-6 modem. The package monitors the voltage supplied to the RF power amplifier in real-time, and uses continual, fine-grained voltage adjustments to optimize the power amplifier’s efficiency. By ensuring the power amplifier is operating at peak efficiency it reduces heat generated in the phone, particularly during LTE-A and Carrier Aggregated service use. MediaTek’s ETM package can save up to 20% current at max output power level.

The MT6300 ETM is supported on MediaTek smartphone platforms with its CAT-6 modem including X20 series, P10 series, MT6750, MT6738 and future application processor products.

MediaTek X20 Development Board

The MediaTek X20 development board is designed based on Linaro 96Boards standard, featuring ARM Cortex-A72 cores within the industry’s first tri-cluster, deca-core processing architecture. This state-of-the-art platform provides industry-leading computing performance coupled with unmatched power efficiency, which allows developers to use the advanced board to build solutions for existing and emerging markets including POS, VR, advanced driver assisted systems (ADAS), digital signage, vending machines and much more.

With the availability of the MediaTek open hardware platform, developers can easily incorporate their innovations into the X20 development board and enjoy the incredible performance, flexibility and creativity the board has to offer, and in turn, boost the development of the IoT market.

For more information and where to buy, please see the 96boards product page.




ARM-A72 @ 2.1GHz

ARM-A53 @ 1.85GHz

ARM-A53 @ 1.4GHz


Deca (10)



Heterogeneous Multi-Processing


Memory and Storage

Memory Type

LPDDR3 (Dual Channel)

Max Memory Frequency


Max Memory Size


Storage Type

eMMC 5.1


Cellular Technologies


Specific Functions

Single RF for LTE, WCDMA, TD, EDGE, C2K 14/14 Primary/Diversity RX Ports

LTE Category


General Connectivity

Bluetooth, FM Radio, Wi-Fi


Beidou, Galileo, Glonass, GPS


Wi-Fi 5 (a/b/g/n/ac)


Max Camera ISP


Max Video Capture Resolution

3840 x 2160

Capture FPS


Camera Features

Dual ISP with Improved 3A, denoise, de-monsaic, sharpness, Native 3D


GPU Type

Arm Mali-T880 MP4

Max GPU Frequency


Max Display Resolution

2560 x 1600

Video Encoding

H.264, H.265 / HEVC

Video Encoding FPS

30fps @ 4K2K with H.265 and HDR

Video Playback

H.264, H.265 / HEVC, MPEG-1/2/4, VC-1, VP-8, VP-9

Video Playback FPS

30fps @ 4K2K, 10-bit with H.264, H.265 or VP9

MediaTek Technologies

MediaTek Technologies

CorePilot, Imagiq, MiraVision, SmartScreen, Tiny Sensor Hub, UltraDimming