Last year, MediaTek announced that it had been temporarily giving up on the high-end smartphone chipset market. A lack of attention from consumers and the relatively lower performance of the chips was a factor in that decision.
The business has since concentrated its energies on the mid-range and lower-end of the current market, leading to chips such as the upcoming Helio P40 and P70.
The P40 and P70 are comparatively high-end chips, taking on the likes of Qualcomm’s 600 and 800 series chips. Details of another processor known as the Helio P38 also have leaked out now, and according to a Chinese news website, is expected to compete from the Snapdragon 630 lineup of high-end chips from Qualcomm.
The P38, P40 and P70 appear to be using the exact same architecture. Inspired from the escapes, they all feature an 8-core CPU which uses 4x ARM Cortex A73 cores and 4x ARM Cortex A53 cores at varying clock-speeds. Take note that flagship chipsets like the Exynos chips powering Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and the Qualcomm ones in the Pixel 2 use the same cores. Also, the new P series Helio chips are allegedly constructed on a 12 nm, which can be fractionally less power efficient than the 10 nm process that Qualcomm and Samsung are rapidly shifting to.
In MediaTek’s instance, these cores are running 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 is about 30% slower. The graphics unit can be underclocked slightly.
Based on GizmoChina, it’s expected that the lower clock-speed will provide the P38 an advantage in tasks like gaming as it will run cooler and thus, be able to keep up its performance for more.
Considering the stiff competition from the likes of Huawei, Samsung and Qualcomm, MediaTek certainly won’t have it simple. Expect to observe all of these chips, and perhaps even phones toting these processors, at MWC this year.