MediaTek has launched its latest mobile chipset for budget and mid-range phones, the Helio A22. The chipset also marks the launch of the ‘A’ range of systems-on-chip by MediaTek, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of smartphone chipsets. The A range is the entry-level range, while the P and X ranges are meant for upper mid-range, and high-end devices.
The Taiwanese fabless semiconductor company is marketing the A range as a ‘mid-market’ chipset, but it’s more accurately meant for entry-level devices based on its positioning. While the company earlier had code numbers as chipset names, recent times have seen it opt for better segmentation and branding. Helio refers to its mobile chipset range similar to how Qualcomm markets its own range under the ‘Snapdragon’ banner, while the letters X, P and A signify the sub-range.
The Helio A22 is a quad-core chipset, and is fabricated on the 12nm FinFET process, as compared to its closest competitor, the eight-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 which is fabricated on the 14nm process. The SoC promises better performance, improved imaging, AI enhancements, and power efficiency for budget devices.
There is also support for dual cameras up to 13-megapixel + 8-megapixel configurations, 21-megapixel single camera setup, 30fps video recording, and screen resolutions up to 20:9 HD+. Dual-SIM connectivity with support for VoLTE and ViLTE, as well as RAM up to LPDDR4 are supported.
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The MediaTek Helio A22 has gone into volume production, and we’re likely to see it on budget smartphones launching later this year or early next year. However, with the reducing costs of using Qualcomm chipsets, manufacturers have been moving away from MediaTek in recent times. The Taiwanese chipmaker’s products were previously widely seen on budget devices, thanks to the lower cost of procuring its chipsets as compared to the higher-end Qualcomm options.