Back in Spetember, MediaTek announced the Helio P25 and Helio X30 SoCs, which are likely to find their way to new smartphones in the coming months. While the Helio P25 is a slightly upgraded version of the mid-range Helio P20 that is manufactured using the 16nm process by Taiwanese Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the Helio X30 is MediaTek's all-new flagship SoC that uses the 10nm process and should, in theory, be more eco-friendly than the older-generation chips. However, what we now have is a leaked document that has been posted on Chinese microblogging site, Weibo, revealing some of the key info about the company's upcoming mid-range offering – the Helio P35.
Much like the Helio X30 which was detailed earlier, the yet-unannounced Helio P35 is also said to be built by TSMC using the 10nm process, and will reportedly have the same deca-core, quad-cluster CPU architecture found in the company's flagship offering. However, the CPU on the Helio P35 is said to come with lower clock speeds than its more expensive sibling. According to the leaked document that can be seen in the image below, the two Cortex-A73 cores in the upcoming SoC will apparently be clocked at 2.2GHz, while the four Cortex-A53 cores will run at a frequency of 2.0GHz. The four Cortex-A35 cores, meanwhile, are expected to run at just 1.8GHz.
As for the rest of the specifications, the document indicates that the SoC will come with an ARM Mali-G71 MP3 GPU and support 2 X LPDDR4 RAM, UFS 2.1, fast charging and Cat. 10 LTE connectivity. While there's obviously no official word as yet from MediaTek about the availability of this rumored SoC, the post on Weibo seems to suggest that it will start shipping by Q3, 2017. The Helio P35 is expected to be MediaTek's answer to the upcoming Snapdragon 660 SoC from Qualcomm, so it will be interesting to see how things go with the upcoming chip. MediaTek will be hoping that it will be able to replicate the success of its current-generation SoCs that can be found in millions of smartphones and tablets in many regions around the world including, but not limited to China, India and Vietnam.