This past year, MediaTek declared that it had been temporarily giving up on the high-end smartphone chipset industry. A lack of attention from customers and the comparatively lower performance of these chips was a element in that choice.
The business has since concentrated its energies on the mid century and lower-end of this current market, leading to chips such as the forthcoming Helio P40 and P70.
Even the P40 and P70 are comparatively high-end chips, according to the likes of Qualcomm’s 600 and 800 series processors. Details of a different processor known as the Helio P38 also have leaked out today, also based on a Chinese news website, is expected to compete from the Snapdragon 630 lineup of high-end chips from Qualcomm.
The P38, P40 and P70 seem to be using the exact same architecture. Inspired from the escapes, they all contain an 8-core CPU which utilizes 4x ARM Cortex A73 cores and 4x ARM Cortex A53 cores at varying clock-speeds. Take note that flagship chipsets such as the Exynos chips powering Samsung’s Galaxy S8 along with the Qualcomm ones at the Pixel 2 utilize the very same cores. Additionally, the new P series Helio processors are allegedly constructed on a 12 nm, which can be fractionally less energy efficient compared to 10 nm procedure that Qualcomm and Samsung are quickly shifting to.
In MediaTek’s instance, these cores are operating at much lower rates than in their flagships. The SD845 sees the processors hitting 2.45 GHz, in the instance of this P38, the CPU is clocked to 1.8 GHz, which will be roughly 30% slower. The graphics unit can be underclocked slightly.
Based on GizmoChina, it’s anticipated that the decrease clock-speed will provide the P38 an edge in tasks such as gaming because it will run cooler and thus, have the ability to keep up its performance for more.
Expect to observe each one these chips, and perhaps even telephones toting these processors, at MWC this season.