MediaTek has often been the first choice of budget smartphone offering. Nearly all OEM’s including Lenovo, Micromax, and many others prefer a MediaTek processors for their device. MediaTek undeniably offers a sufficient cost benefit for the manufacturers, and lately, the quality of the hardware has improved miles from the early days. MediaTek has today extended their mid-range SoC offering with two new additions, the Helio P23 and the Helio P30.
The SoC is referred to the complete chip ecosystem and is expanded as System on Chip. It comes baked in with all the components including SIM slots, Imaging DSPs, 4G LTE radio and the processors themselves. Both the P23 and the P30 are octa-core processors that employ a combination of Arm Cortex-A53 cores alongside the Mali G71 MP2 GPU. The chips also come with MediaTek co-pilot, a feature that keeps a tab on the chip temperature in order to offer a high-performance and reliable performance.
The company claims that the new dedicated camera control unit (CCU) offers an “auto exposure convergence speed” and this is apparently twice as fast as its competition. In order to reduce the burden on the phone’s CPU and GPU, the new chipsets come with vision processing unit (VPU.)
Smartphone cameras have indeed become indispensable, and the camera capability usually figures out in the top of the buyer’s priority list. Apart from the sensor, a major chunk of the image processing is dependent on the Imaging DSP’s. The Helio P23 and the P30 support dual camera up to 16-Megapixel and they will also incorporate the Imagiq 2.0 technology. It is this technology that helps minimise the aliasing, reduces the fringes around the end of the photo and also eliminates grain and noise in the pictures and selfies.
On the connectivity front both the P23 and the P30 offer speeds of up to 300Mbps download and 150Mbps upload. The P23 is apparently the first chipset to offer a dual SIM, Dual 4G VoLTE support and thankfully both the chips will be powered by an equally capable modem. MediaTek is also touting TAS 2.0, an antenna design feature that cleverly switches between antennas in order to optimise signal strength. The Helio P23 and the Helio P30 will be introduced in the market later this year, and the P30 will be launched first in China.