MediaTek has just posted the details about its latest SoC in the market, the MediaTek Helio A22. The reason that Helio A22 is in the spotlight is that Xiaomi just announced its Redmi 6A with Helio A22 instead of a Qualcomm processor almost two days back. According to the detailed product page of A22 by MediaTek, it seems that this processor is aimed at budget devices instead of trying to compete with the mid-range, mid-premium or even premium devices in the market.
Going by the specifications sheet, Helio A22 will come with four ARM Cortex A53 cores that are clocked at 2.0 GHz. The device will support IMG PowerVR GPU for graphics along with maximum support for an HD+ display panel with 1600×720 pixels and 20:9 aspect ratio. A22 will either support up to 4GB of cheaper LPDDR3 RAM or up to 6GB of high-speed LPDDR4X RAM and MediaTek claims that the CPU “is up to 30 percent faster” while the GPU is up to “72 percent faster” when compared to any direct alternatives. The company has also added its CorePilot technology to ensure “power-aware scheduling” for better thermal management while maintaining the workload on CPUs depending on the frequency and voltage.
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CorePilot will ensure that any device with Helio A22 will provide “sustained high-performance” with “consistently reliable user experience” at “best power efficiency”. The company has also added a new ultra-low power sensor hub for apps that need “always-on sensor readings” such as fitness apps for steps counting or sleep monitoring and digital virtual assistant apps for monitoring any “vocal-triggers”.
The A22 will also come with a new feature known as “Light Edge AI” which will assist in face unlock, smart photo albums, and advanced single or dual-camera-powered Bokeh effects. The SoC will also come with MediaTek‘s NeuralPilot technology with support for a number of common AI frameworks and Android Neural Networks API. The SoC can support up to either a 21-megapixel camera sensor on the back or up to a 13-megapixel and an 8-megapixel camera sensor as the dual camera setup on the back of the device.
The company has also added “multi-frame noise reduction” along with a “clear-image zoom” technology of improved low-light performance. The SoC will also come with ImagIQ technology to reduce aliasing, and grain in the images while correcting any defects or distortion in the images. MediaTek has also added in A22 is the dual 4G VoLTE support along with Bluetooth 5. A22 will also support multi-GNSS options for improved GPS accuracy. All these improvements are likely to take on the rival alternatives that Qualcomm offers in its Snapdragon 400 and 600 series.