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Meizu Signs Up for MediaTek’s Helio P40 Processor

by Habeeb Onawole 22

Yesterday, we reported that Taiwanese semiconductor company MediaTek, has a new SoC in the works. The new processor called the Helio P40 is said to feature a hexacore design and will be built on TSMC’s new 12nm process.

helio P40 Meizu

Mediatek is said to be wooing smartphone manufacturers to sign up for the new chip. According to Weibo user (@冷希), samples have been sent to customers to test and they’ve found their first customer in Meizu. First set of devices are expected to arrive in Q1 2018. It should come as no surprise seeing as both manufacturers seem to be best of friends.

Helio P40

Meizu’s flagship, the Pro7 Plus is the first device to be powered by the Helio X30, which is MediaTek’s most powerful SoC. Even though Meizu’s latest smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm processor, its VP, Li Nan has said the Blue Charm company will continue to use processors from the three manufacturers (Mediatek, Qualcomm, and Samsung).

READ MORE: OPPO & Vivo Could Go Back To MediaTek Chips In H2 2017

However, that is not the only info the post disclosed. He also mentioned that the chip will have eight cores and not six cores as previously reported. This info is still unconfirmed.

The Helio P40 will also be a rival to the upcoming Snapdragon 670 which is expected to start appearing in devices in Q1 2018.

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  • Assefa Hanson

    Too bad mtk brand image amongst enthusiasts is still bad, even though recent phones with mtk are picking up satellites within 1 and 2 metre accuracy , not overheating, people still accuse their chips I can agree though that battery efficiency needs to be better though

    But when Qualcomm made literal blazing fire SOCs everyone forgot the next year

    • AbdulB1

      I have helio x10 and even it heats up. I dont think that mediatek is seen bad because of GPS or GPU performance, it is seen bad because MTK has forced phone makers in not releasing the source code.

      • Pranav

        what phone and which country?

        • AbdulB1

          Infinix zero 3

  • Partha Dutta

    MTK chips are very good. In fact I am using Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 MTK x20 chip. It’s a very nice phone. Qualcomm is better I can’t accept. Moreover their latest chips P23, P30 and X30 are dual simultaneous 4G i.e. both the Sim works as 4G at the same time while all other chips have one Sim working as 4G while the other goes to 3G and no other chips of Mtk, or any chips from Qualcomm, Spreadtrum, Exinos, Kirin work at the same time as 4G. So MTK deserve respect though their Advertising is less.

    • AbdulB1

      MTK is basically a dead end when it comes to updates. only xiaomi releases patches while other even dont bother. MTK forces phone makers not to share source code. making phones worthless when it comes to custom roms.

      • meh…

        I’d rather see OEM updates than some “custom rom” try to hack together some joke ROM.

  • Zero

    The GPU is the awful Mali or is the powerful Power VR?

    • AbdulB1

      P series is always low end

    • plåtburk

      Mali T880MP2/4 are good for budget gaming plus power efficient.
      Power VR isn’t powerful if you go for budget version.

  • Jh1

    Throw this in the Meizu M7 note next year.

  • Sansa

    Mediatek still has a long way to go. I have a phone with x20 and it has a lot of faults. It has good network signal, but data connection doesn’t work, etc. GPS can lock quick and have 1-2 meters accuracy, but that doesn’t mean anything. The important thing is to have good signal ALL THE TIME, but it does not. Most reviewers don’t test the GPS as it should be tested and i’m talking about “pro” reviewers too. IN fact, most reviews are badly done, just testing about camera and specs.

    • AbdulB1

      which phone u got leeco x620?

      • Sansa

        Exactly, how did you guess?

        • AbdulB1

          That’s the only popular x20 phone I found. I was also interested in it but as you said about MTK phone problems I am also well aware of those such as lack of updates due to mediatek policy of forcing hardware makers not to release the source code. Pity such a good hardware but lack of custom ROMs. Another thing is that the company LeEco is broke and might sell out their mobile division later this year so even security patches aren’t going to come out I guess.

        • AbdulB1

          I would advise you to download latest Chinese ROM with Google apps from LeEco dot re or xda and then test again. If these problems persists then the phone is no good.

    • plåtburk

      Not only that, the biggest problem with Mediatek SoCs are their source-code is not free for the community.
      So chinese phones that uses Mediatek SoCs are poorly optimized and will never be optimal.
      If Mediatek did like Qualcomm or Huawei and make open source kernels and drivers for their SoCs people would be very happy and fix most issues.
      The main fault with Helio X20 series is that there is no proper support from Mediatek in software level.
      The cores are always on or off randomly and if you use it for a bit the phone will instantly speed up all cores and battery will drain and phone will overheat.

  • Sansa

    It is not by random chance that Mediatek has sufered a big drop lately. They don’t improve the quality and don’t give to customers what they want. The result? They go down, simply as that.

    • Pranav

      Still they survive from the support given by Vivo, oppo, gionee and many other offline selling brands.

  • Partha Dutta

    I have a Xiaomi Note 4 MTK with Helio x20 chip. It is working fine. It does have good network where it ought to be. Games are at ease. GPU is power VR. No problem at all. Lenovo is using stock Android. Therefore updates will not be a problem. Lenovo k8 +. We cannot be one sided and the chips are cheap. So far as their Own series are concerned they are also not like the Qualcomm sets where one is very high and the other is very low i.e. one for the rich the other for the poor. Taiwan or China indeed has done a very very good job by giving us a finesse of chips for all strata. For rich people it is Qualcomm, Intel, Apple. For all others Mediatek, cheap and best.

    • AbdulB1

      Cheap and worst

    • Pranav

      Dont be stupid, now a days even the entry level snapdragon processor performs better than MTK crap, so a big noooo and mtk has lots of vulnerabilities and issues.

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