MediaTek is reportedly working on a new mid-tier processor to compete with rival Qualcomm when it comes to efficiency and performance. Called Helio P35, it is pitted against the rumored Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, and features a deca-core CPU with two Cortex-A73 64-bit cores clocked at 2.2GHz. The Helio P35 is said to offer 20 percent high efficiency and 40 percent improved performance with Mali G71 GPU. Also Read - Best 5G smartphones with top MediaTek processors under Rs 30,000 in June 2021Also Read - COMPUTEX 2021: Intel launches two new 11th Gen U-series processors
The Mali G71 GPU is considered to offer better performance than the Mali-T880 which currently powers Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones. The MediaTek Helio P35 is capable of supporting LPDDR4 RAM up to 10GB, which means future smartphones using the chipset could offer superior performance than the current chipsets. It further comes with support for Cat 10 LTE Modem for higher download speeds of up to 450Mbps. Also Read - Upcoming Coolpad COOL 20 specs revealed ahead of May 25 launch
The MediaTek Helio P35 will further support Pump Express 3.0 battery charging technology that is claimed to take the battery from 0 to 70 percent in 20 minutes of charge. Although Mali G71 GPU is capable of supporting 4K display resolution, with the MediaTek Helio P35, it is not in its full version and the maximum display resolution it can support is 1080p. The processor will further come with UFS 2.1 storage support which means the fast memory standard can be brought onto lesser priced smartphones.
Meanwhile, Qualcomm is also said to be working on its mid-tier processor Snapdragon 660 with octa-core CPU, with four cores clocked at 2.2GHz and four clocked at 1.9GHz. It is further coupled with Adreno 512 GPU and comes with support for up to 8GB of RAM and Cat 10 LTE Modem. It is expected to be released by the second quarter of 2017. The MediaTek Helio P35 processor, on the other hand, is expected to be released in the third quarter of 2017.
Qualcomm recently announced its new batch of mid-range processors namely Snapdragon 653, Snapdragon 626 and Snapdragon 427, which bring upgrades over their predecessors. These Snapdragon SoC’s bring Quick Charge 3.0, faster LTE connectivity and dual-cameras to devices other than the premium ones. ALSO READ: Qualcomm Snapdragon 653, Snapdragon 626 and Snapdragon 427 bring dual-cameras, faster LTE to affordable smartphones
The Snapdragon 653 is an upgrade over the Snapdragon 652 and offers up to 10 percent performance boost and RAM support for up to 8GB. It also comes with X9 LTE modem with better support for VoLTE and Ultra HD voice. It can attain peak download speeds of 300Mbps (Cat. 7) and peak upload speeds of 150Mbps (Cat.13). The Snapdragon 653 is a 64-bit octa-core processor (four Cortex A53 cores + four Cortex A72 cores) with clock speed up to 1.95GHz.
The Snapdragon 626 also offers 10 percent improvement in performance over the predecessor Snapdragon 625. It also includes TruSignal antenna boost technology, which is claimed to offer improved network coverage in congested areas. It has a 64-bit architecture, octa-core processor (eight Cortex A53 cores) with maximum clock speed of 2.2GHz.
Lastly, the Snapdragon 427 processor which is an upgrade over Snapdragon 425 comes with CPU and GPU performance improvements, X9 LTE modem and TruSignal antenna boost technology. This makes the Snapdragon 427 the first SoC in Snapdragon 400-series to have these capabilities. It is based on 64-bit architecture, a quad-core chipset with four Cortex A53 cores and clock speed up to 1.4GHz. ALSO READ: Xiaomi Mi 6, OPPO Find 9 rumored to feature Snapdragon 835 processor, expected to launch in 2017