MediaTek Helio P70 Launched: Brings Advanced AI, Premium Camera Features to Mid-Range Phones

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MediaTek on Wednesday announced the launch of the Helio P70 system-on-chip (SoC) with an enhanced AI engine combined with CPU and GPU upgrades for more powerful AI processing. The introduction of the Helio P70 comes after the global launch of the Helio P60 earlier this year. The Helio P70 SoC brings an upgraded imaging and camera support, a gaming performance boost and advanced connectivity features to mid-range smartphones. With the Helio P70 SoC, MediaTek basically aims to offer premium smartphone features to the mid-range devices. The Helio P70 is already in volume production and is expected to be available in consumer devices by November of this year.

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Commenting on the launch on the new chipset, TL Lee, General Manager of MediaTek’s Wireless Communication business unit said, “With an enhanced AI engine that works seamlessly across the CPU and GPU, Helio P70 delivers much faster performance for AI applications and is still highly power efficient.” “The introduction of Helio P70 continues MediaTek’s commitment to deliver high-end smartphone features and advanced technology for the mass market,” Lee further added.

MediaTek Helio P70: Features

The Helio P70 is built with TSMC’s 12nm FinFET technology and features a multi-core APU operating at up to 525 MHz for fast and efficient edge-AI processing. To maximise the performance, the chipset packs four Arm Cortex-A73 2.1 GHz processors and four Arm Cortex-A53 2.0 GHz processors in an octa-core big.LITTLE configuration. The chipset also packs an improved Arm Mali-G72 MP3 GPU operating at up to 900 MHz, which provides a 13% performance improvement compared to the Helio P60.

MediaTek claims that Helio P70’s enhanced AI engine delivers a 10 to 30 percent AI processing boost compared to the Helio P60. P70 is also said to support more complex AI applications such as real-time human pose recognition and AI-based video encoding than its predecessor. In addition, Helio P70 is built on MediaTek’s NeuroPilot platform, which supports common AI frameworks, including TensorFlow, TF Lite, Caffe, Caffe2 and custom third-party offerings.

The newly launched Helio P70 GPU enhancements also deliver a better overall gaming experience to the users. The chipset is optimised in a way to reduce frame-rate jitter and improve latency for touch controls and display visuals for a smooth, fluid gaming experience.

Apart from the gamers, the Helio P70 brings some good news for photography enthusiasts. The chipset supports a variety of AI-infused photo and video experiences including real-time beautification, scene detection and artificial reality (AR) capabilities. It also features improved deep-learning facial detection with up to 90% accuracy. The Helio P70 gives device makers more design flexibility as it comes with support for 32MP single camera, or 24+16MP dual cameras.

In addition, Helio P70 comes with a 4G LTE modem and 300MBit/s of download performance. It also comes with Dual 4G VoLTE support that provides a seamless user experience across two different SIMs for higher quality calls and faster connection times.

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