Taiwanese chipmaker MediaTek holds no stake at present on the high-end mobile chip market. The fabless chipmaker’s last attempt on that market was the Helio X30 and we can only recall the Meizu Pro 7 Plus to have used the chipset. The company is now squarely focused on the mid-range chip market. MediaTek unveiled the Helio P60 at MWC 2018 and the configuration the chip was announced to feature made it a popular one with much promise even when it is yet to be found on any smartphone.
A report on Digitimes has hinted that MediaTek is expected to have a strong second quarter and this will be steered by the Helio P60 chipset. An earlier rumour had tipped Chinese phone maker like Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi to be among OEMs that are expected to use the chip to power some of their upcoming handsets. That rumour has got some confirmation, as OPPO already featured the chipset on its latest OPPO R15 model. Xiaomi is tipped to feature the chipset on its Redmi series meant for India (We sincerely hope a couple of Mi India fans won’t scream Blue murder concerning this). Apart from smartphones and tablets, MediaTek expects to find its new SoCs used to power automotive electronics and in televisions.
The MediaTek Helio P60 is built on TSMC’s 12nm FinFET process which offers 15% reduction in power consumption over 14nm chips. The octa-core chip clocked at 2.0GHz uses four Cortex A73 cores with a 2.0GHz clock speed and four Cortex-A53 cores also clocked at 2.0GHz. It also boasts of a new Mali-G72 MP3 GPU clocked at 800MHz which Mediatek claims offers a 70% boost in game performance over previous generation P-series. Like other chip manufacturers, MediaTek has also included a dedicated processing unit called NeuroPilot that handles AI-related tasks on the device. It is two times more power efficient than using a GPU and has a processing performance of 280GMAC/s. NeuroPilot will handle tasks like deep-learning facial detection, object and scene identification, real-time beautification and AR/MR acceleration. The chipset also supports a dual camera setup up to 24MP + 16MP or a single camera with a 32MP sensor.