Smartphone manufacturers have now started offering premium mid-range smartphones that are a step above conventional affordable devices with features such as metal unibody designs and better internals. Samsung is one of the OEMs that has done well with this strategy given that its revamped Galaxy A series has been performing well in the market. MediaTek, a company that makes chips for smartphones, wants to cash in on this trend and the company says that its new Helio P22 chipset is meant for these “new premium” mid-range smartphones.
The Helio P22 joins MediaTek’s comprehensive lineup of powerful and power-efficient processors for the mid-range segment. This is the first chip to bring the 12nm manufacturing process to the mid-range segment. It follows the launch of MediaTek’s successful Helio P60 chipset which is already being used by Vivo and Oppo in many devices.
The Helio P22 will power AI experiences, improved photography, and high-speed connectivity on affordably priced devices. The octa-core ARM Cortex A53 processors can operate up to 2.0GHz and provide sustainable high performance with low power requirements. It also delivers the benefits of AI through MediaTek NeuroPilot which adds support for common AI frameworks such as TensorFlow.
The new chip supports dual camera setups as well and couples it with a hardware depth engine for real-time Bokeh preview. MediaTek has started volume production of the Helio P22 and will start appearing in consumer devices by the end of this quarter.