MediaTek today announced a new ultra-power saving smartphone processor aimed at slim smartphones. The P20 processor benefits from 16nm technology to offer better power efficiency and higher performance. Boasting a 20 per cent performance improvement and a 25 per cent power efficiency improvement over its predecessor Helio P10, the chip also offers significant multitasking and multimedia advancements with its LPDDR4x memory support.
Manufactured using 16nm process technology, it is claimed to be the world’s first SoC to support low power double data rate random access memory, the LPDDR4X.
Performance improvements include upgraded CPU and GPU capabilities with a True Octa-Core architecture clocked up to 2.3GHz, based on ARM Cortex A53 cores. The new Mali T880 graphics is the highest end ARM GPU clocked at a speedy 900MHz, making it perfect for demanding video and gaming apps.
“MediaTek designed the MediaTek Helio P20 to meet today’s consumer demand for sleek, powerful yet highly power efficient mobile devices. Consumers place increasing importance on the battery life and multimedia capabilities of their smartphones. MediaTek has risen to this challenge with a leading solution”, said Jeffrey Ju , Executive Vice President and Co-Chief Operating Officer at MediaTek.
Connectivity advantages of the chip include support for WorldMode LTE Cat.6 and 2×20 carrier aggregation at 300/50Mbps data speeds. Global Dual-SIM Dual Standby offers seamless connectivity wherever a user goes. For regions where GSM is no longer available, the SoC will have simultaneous standby on WCDMA network. LTE multimedia broadcast and multicast services are also supported which allow mobile devices to receive HD video content over LTE.
A quicker, smoother user experience for camera, video and gaming apps is possible with improved processing power and optimum battery performance using a LPDDR4X, which provides 70 percent more bandwidth than the LPDDR3 and 50 percent power savings by lowering supply voltage to 0.6V.
Additionally, the P20 series utilises an exclusive MediaTek Imagiq Image Signal Processor (ISP) to improve camera ease-of-use and picture and video quality.
The chip is expected to be in commercial devices in the second half of 2016.
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