MediaTek Reportedly Preparing Helio P80, P90 For Launch

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The successors to MediaTek's mid-range Helio P60 SoC will allegedly be the Helio P80 and Helio P90, according to well-known tipster Roland Quandt. The company had been rumored to have an updated version of its Helio P60 planned for launch some time this year. However, if the branding associated with the silicon is any indication, the Helio P80 and Helio P90 will be much more complete updates to the Helio lineup. No Helio P70 is currently planned it would seem. Quandt also suggests that high-ranking Android smartphone manufacturer OPPO is set to be one of the initial OEMs to make use of both chips – if not the first.

Bearing in mind MediaTek's naming conventions, and its history in the market, the new chips will probably stick to the well-established format already in use. So it's likely that the new iterations will continue to feature two sets of cores from separate ARM processor series, grounded in the practice of including four power-efficient processing cores for daily tasks alongside four cores meant for use in more performance-intensive situations. ARM, for its part, has been working to design new processors and even has several new ones on the way. With many high-performance mobile SoCs moving past the 10nm mark on that front, there is also a chance that the new mid-range SoC will be built on that process node as well.

With that said, up until now there hasn't been any leaks pertaining to the specifications of the upcoming silicon or which cores it will be based on. The former Helio P60 SoC was built on a 12nm process node alongside a dedicate neural processing unit (NPU), and launched at MWC 2018. The NPU supported MediaTek's own NeuroPilot technology as well as Android's Neural Network and other similar A.I. frameworks. Internally, it was comprised of four Cortex-A74 cores and four more Cortex-A53 cores. Those were clocked at 2 GHz on both fronts, and coupled with a Mali G72 MP3 on the graphics side. At the very least, the new Helio P80 and Helio P90 SoCs will almost certainly surpass those numbers, and possibly by a significant margin.

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