MediaTek today announced the Helio P23 and P30 chipset to flesh out its mid-range offerings. Looking at the specifications and feature set on offer, these will compete against last generation Snapdragon 625 series and current gen Snapdragon 630 SoCs’ from Qualcomm.
The main differentiating factor between these two offerings MediaTek lies in their GPU clock and camera type(s) supported. The Helio P23’s Mali-G71 MP2 GPU comes clocked @770MHz while the P30 comes clocked @950MHz. On the camera front, the former supports a dual 13-megapixel setup or a single 24-megapixel camera while the latter can handle dual 16-megapixel cameras or a single 25-megapixel unit.
Apart from these, both SoC packages come with an octa-core processor comprised of ARM Cortex-A53 cores with the maximum clock frequency of ~2.3GHz. To prevent thermal throttling and allow for a smoother and more consistent user experience, MediaTek has also implemented its proprietary CorePilot v.4.0 technology inside these chips. This, in turn, allows the chips to be more frugal in the power department allowing for longer battery life.
Both these newly introduced chipsets offer dual-SIM support but in a world-first, the Helio P23 also offers dual 4G VoLTE (Voice over LTE) /ViLTE (Video over LTE) support. Apart from this both also feature a 4G LTE WorldMode modem, which allows these chips to support the various network type(s) world over including CDMA for Sprint and Verizon in the US or China Telecom in China. The Helio P23 and P30 have a unique combination of Cat. 7 /13 which allows for download speeds of up to 300 megabits and upload speeds of 150 megabits per second. To improve signal quality and connectivity MediaTek has also implemented TAS 2.0 smart antenna technology in both the chips.
The P30 uniquely features a new Vision Processing Unit or VPU which is a digital signal processor (DSP) clocked @500MHz. A standalone chip it frees up other resources to allow for a smoother UX without aggressively eating into the battery. MediaTek has kept it open for OEM’s to use with their software and for them to create use case scenarios and algorithms for the VPU.
MediaTek has just stated that both chipsets would be available by Q4 2017 and that the P30 will debut in China first before being made available in other territories. The company did not announce which all smartphone OEM’s are on board for these chipsets but it is likely to be the usual suspects; OPPO, VIVO and Meizu, major players in the Chinese market.
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