Yesterday, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 675 processor, and today, MediaTek announced the Helio P70. It is a successor to the popular Helio P60 that we saw on a lot of mid-range phones launched this year. The MediaTek Helio P60 was launched as a 12nm processor with AI features and great performance. We saw this chipset competing with Snapdragon 636 and the 660. Now that the MediaTek Helio P70 is out, we are expecting phones with this chipset by the end of 2018.
The Ulefone T2 Pro was launched at the Mobile World Congress this year with the Helio P70 chipset. This means the company was already ready to launch the P70 but looking at the ongoing success of the P60, it decided to delay the launch. Anyways, the Helio P70 isn’t a very significant upgrade from the Helio P60 and you’ll see this when we talk about the specifications.
Like the Helio P60, the 12nm MediaTek Helio P70 has a combination of Cortex-A73 and Cortex-A53 cores. The only difference is that the high-performance cores of P70 are clocked at 2.1GHz, compared to 2.0GHz on the P60. The GPU is the same ARM Mali-G72 MP3, but the Maximum GPU frequency is now 900MHz compared to 800MHz on the Helio P60. Helio P70 supports either up to 32MP single rear camera or 24MP + 16MP dual rear cameras, just like the P60.
In addition to features like CorePilot, Imagiq, NeuroPilot etc. that were there in the Helio P60, the MediaTek Helio P70 has Response Time Enhancement Technology. The Helio P70’s multi-core APU operates at 525MHz, and together with the NeuroPilot and multithreading scheduler, the AI Processing efficiency is 10-30% more than the Helio P60.
The Helio P70 provides 13% better performance than the predecessor. The chipset supports 20:9 Full HD+ displays. MediaTek says that there is a new high-resolution depth engine that results in a 3X boost in depth mapping performance.
As mentioned in the beginning, we are expecting more phones with the MediaTek Helio P70 processor by the end of 2018.