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MediaTek intros Helio P20 16nm core

During the Mobile World Congress 2016, MediaTek introduces the Helio P20, a successor to the earlier P10 SoC. According to the chipmaker, this is a ‘true’ octa-core SoC. All eight cores are ARM Cortex A-53 clocked up to 2.3GHz with ARM Mali T880 GPU core clocked at 900MHz. This SoC will be based on a 16nm FinFET process. The currently available Helio P10 is made using a 28nm process. The chipmakers plan to start shipping these in the second half of this year.

MediaTek Helio P20

Other implementations are Category 6 LTE modem which supports aggregation of up to 300Mbps down and 50Mbps up. What’s noteworthy however is that this will be the first SoC to support the Low-powered memory LPDDR4X modules which require only a voltage of 0.6v. The chipset provides a broader memory support of 2x LPDDR4 chips up to 6GB clocked at 1600MHz and LPDDR3 memory of up to 4GB clocked at 933MHz. For WiFi, it uses MediaTek MT6630 for ac/b/g/n.

As a result, this should provide battery efficiency to up to 25%, followed by up to 10% boost in CPU processing and 25% in GPU processing. It supports FullHD display with up to 60 frames per second.

The chip supports either a single 24MP camera or 13MP+13MP dual camera support. Mediatek assures that it will help to produce better quality images in low-light environments due to its phase-detection autofocus and ‘denoising engine’. For video, it can do up to 4Kx2K video decoding of up to 30FPS with encoding support for both H.264 and H.265 followed by encoding support for H.264.

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