Just yesterday, chipmaker Qualcomm announced its Snapdragon 675 mobile platform that bring premium features to mid-range smartphones. Now, MediaTek has also announced its new chipset in the P-series for mid-range smartphones. Called Helio P70, it is the successor to Helio P60 that was launched earlier this year at MWC. The new chipset brings upgraded APU, faster connectivity and better camera features, besides being power efficient at the same time.
“The introduction of Helio P70 continues MediaTek’s commitment to meet consumer demand for high-end smartphone capabilities at an accessible and affordable price point. With its dedicated AI processor that works seamlessly across the CPU and GPU, the Helio P70 delivers much faster performance for AI applications, while still being extremely power efficient. The high-performance design, combined with enhanced connectivity and cutting-edge camera specs, makes the Helio P70 ideally suited for New Premium devices that meet consumers’ needs,” TL Lee, General Manager of MediaTek’s Wireless Communication business unit said in a press release.
Built on TSMC’s 12nm FinFET process, the new chipset comes with a multi-core APU (AI processing unit) clocked at 525MHz to enable efficient AI processing. The chipset features an octa-core CPU in big.LITTLE configuration. It has four ARM Cortex-A73 cores clocked at 2.1GHz and four ARM Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 2GHz. The CPU and APU offers 30 percent boost in performance compared to its predecessor, the Helio P60. The CPU is paired with an ARM Mali-G72 GPU that runs at a maximum clock speed of 900MHz, which is 13 percent faster compared to the Helio P60 SoC.
Talking about AI, the chipset is built on company’s NeuroPilot platform, which aims at bringing AI enhancements to the mid-range. Besides the CPU and GPU, MediaTek has also included an APU to handle AI applications such as real-time human pose recognition. The platform also supports common AI frameworks, which includes TensorFlow, TF Lite, Caffe, and Caffe2.
AI enhancements extend to offer better camera performance too. It can do real-time beautification, scene detection to automatically optimize your photos, mixed-reality and augmented reality. The deep learning model can do facial detection with up to 90 percent accuracy, the company said. The Helio P70 supports a single rear camera up to 32-megapixel resolution, and dual cameras of 24-megapixel and 16-megapixel resolution.
MediaTek has tuned the ISPs to offer power saving by up to 18 percent compared to the predecessor. Talking about other camera enhancements, the Helio P70 can do real-time bokeh preview and efficiently classify photo albums based on place, object, face, and more.
MediaTek also touched upon the gaming enhancements that the Helio P70 offers. The company said that it has made optimizations to improve the latency of touch controls, display visuals and frame-rate jitters. The chipset is optimized for multi-threaded games, offering smooth touch control and screen response for a fluid gaming experience.
Lastly, the Helio P70 also brings faster connectivity with dual 4G VoLTE support with peak download speeds up to 400Mbps, which is 33 percent faster than P60. The chipset is already in mass production, and smartphones running on Helio P70 can be expected starting November.