New Chip To Power Feature-rich, Affordable Phones

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Mediatek’s first chip for Helio A Series, the A22, brings impressive performance, extended battery life, artificial intelligence (AI) features and affordability to mid-market smartphones

The mid-range smartphone market is always the fountainhead of innovation as consumer expectations are very high in terms of performance, battery life, photography, etc.

The New Helio A22 Chip For Affordable Smartphones

Mobile phone chipmaker MediaTek has unveiled the Helio A22 system-on-chip (SoC), the first chipset of the Helio A series designed for mid-range devices. With the new device, the company aims to allow an even greater number of consumers to access high-performance smartphones without a premium price tag.

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The series builds on the success of the Helio P20, P22, P23 and P60 chipsets.

Manufactured using advanced 12nm FinFET fabrication technology, the chip claims to combine high performance with greater power efficiency.

Paired with the CorePilot technology, the chipset optimizes power for each task to extend device battery life, MediaTek said.

Helio A22 also has AI features to take advantage of the MediaTek NeuroPilot software development kit (SDK) extensions and third-party AI applications.

As for the camera capabilities, the Helio A22 supports up to 13+8 megapixels dual-camera setups at 30 frames per second (FPS) and a single camera operating mode of up to 21 megapixels.

In addition, the chipset supports 20:9 HD+ display allowing smartphone makers to create large-screen devices.

The chip also supports the latest AI frameworks, including Google Android Neural Networks API (Android NNAPI), so developers can seamlessly build AI applications for Helio A22-powered devices.

Talking about connectivity, Meditek said that the device offers advanced connectivity options with an innovative RF design for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi co-existence.

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The chip supports both Cat-4 and Cat-7 4G LTE performs for fast connectivity and packs a dual 4G SIM with VoLTE and ViLTE. A22 also supports both LPDDR3 and the newer, faster LPDDR4 for more customer design flexibility.

According to the announcement, the device’s GNSS location enhancements enable 57 percent faster TTFF, a 10 percent improvement in accuracy and up to 24 percent lower power operation compared to previous generation chipsets.

The 802.11 ac Wi-Fi allows higher bandwidth and throughput, resulting in improved online gaming, multimedia and communications experiences for users, the company further stated.

Support for BT5.0 allows longer transport distance and higher speeds suitable for smart home devices.

“The Helio A Series continues our vision of a mobile marketplace that is accessible to everyone, where high-end features are not limited to high-end devices. As we’ve seen, mid-market growth continues to explode and there continues to be consumer interest in powerful and quality devices that offer them the best value,” said TL Lee, General Manager of MediaTek’s Wireless Communication business unit at MediaTek.

The Helio A Series is in volume production now.

 

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