MediaTek Announces Helio P25 Chipset For Dual-Camera Smartphones

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MediaTek has come up with yet another chipset in the P series, dubbed as the Helio P25 chipset. It was first showcased in China, September 2016 and is integrated with 16nm TSMC process technology. The new P25 chipset is made for smartphones with the dual-camera setup.

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The P25 SoC also features MediaTek Imagiq, which is an Image Signal Processor (ISP) technology. The Imagiq technology is also a part of P20 chipset. However, this one has support for up to 13MP dual camera setup, which is a part of recently launched phones with a dual-rear camera unit. MediaTek touts that the new chipset can render video HDR with full preview along with other features such as Colour, Mono de-noise, and real-time shallow DoF bokeh effect.

MediaTek says,“Helio P25 puts advanced camera effects at user fingertips, including shallow depth-of-field – typically associated more expensive lenses – and high-performance auto exposure that lets users capture the highest quality images in any lighting scenario,”

Under the hood, the new P25 chipset has octa-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor clocked at 2.5GHz, which is faster than the P20 chipset that is clocked at up to 2.3GHz. Rest of the specs are same as the P20 chipset, such as 900MHz ARM Mali-T880 dual GPU, 6GB LPDDR4x memory support, Cat.6 LTE. The Helio P25 delivers up to 25 percent better power performance than the previous MediaTek chipsets. MediaTek claims that the P25 consumes lesser energy and offers better performance.

In its blog post, MediaTek writes:

The MediaTek Helio P25 innovative 12bit Dual ISP offers:

Pioneering Resolution: Up to 24MP single camera or 13MP+13MP dual camera
Dual Camera-optimized: Color + Mono de-noise and real-time shallow DoF bokeh
High Dynamic Range: Video HDR with full preview
High Performance Auto Exposure: Turbo 3A to accelerate AE convergence speed by 30-55%

Smartphones featuring the new MediaTek Helio P25 SoC are expected to debut sometime later this quarter. We could also expect a few handsets to come out of the veil at the MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2017 event, later this month.

Commenting on the Helio P25, Jeffrey Ju, Executive Vice President and Co-Chief Operating Officer at MediaTek, said,"MediaTek Helio P25 paves the way for high-resolution and feature-rich smartphone cameras that enable amazing static shots and 4K2K videos. Supporting two cameras up to 13MP each, the MediaTek Helio P25 redefines expectations for mobile photography and our multimedia features like, MediaTek MiraVision technology, continuously enhance visual user-experiences."

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