MediaTek announces new Helio P23 and P30 chipsets with dual VoLTE support

As expected, chipset maker MediaTek unveiled its new lineup of SoCs, which will be available starting Q4 2017: Helio P23 and Helio P30. Although both will be certified for global use, the Helio P30 SoC will be limited to China initially.

Both SoCs feature octa-core Cortex-A53 processor architecture, which might seem a bit obsolete even for mid-range chipsets. Even though they are iterations of the Helio P20 and P25 CPUs, the upgrade consists of new features and better IP blocks rather than just small speed bumps.

For example, both Helio P23 and P30 octa-core processors run at 2.3GHz clock speeds, while the efficiency cluster is limited to 1.65GHz. However, they are now equipped with more powerful Mali-G71 graphic cards, as opposed to the last generation Helio P20 and P25 chips that include Mali-T880 GPUs.

Among the many improvements added to these new Helio SoCs, it's worth mentioning that addition of HEVC encoding capabilities for the P30, as well as support for 16MP + 16MP (single 25MP) camera support. The P23 retains the same 13MP + 13MP (single 24MP) camera support that was included with the P25.

MediaTek also ported its Imagiq 2.0 imaging technology on both new SoCs. The new technology is already available on the high-end Helio X30 chipset and features support for instant auto exposure, noise reduction technologies, as well as EIS (electronic image stabilization).

Another important improvement is the addition of dual VoLTE support, which means that both SIMs in a smartphone will be able to connect over LTE and offer high-quality voice.

Finally, it's worth mentioning that both Helio P23 and P30 are made on TSMC's 16nm manufacturing process, so there's no improvement over the previous generation of SoCs in this regard.

source: Anandtech



1. abdoualgeria

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8. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

Even Snapdragon 625 does not have big cores, but it's doing well. It's a mid-range chip.

2. tangbunna

Posts: 491; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

it defines a cheap alternative category. nothing impressive beside fast battery drain .

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

While their X25 and X27 may not be as efficient as the Snapdragon 600 series, they are good enough and cheap enough for mid range phones. The battery could definitely last a full day with an average 5 to 6 hours screen on time. Don't understand the hate. You got what you pay for.

9. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

Battery life should be in line with 625, as they have manufactured this chips on 16nm compared to previous ones at 20nm and 28nm

3. NoAllegiance unregistered

Besides all those other weird Chinese companies that PA has sponsored articles for, Meizu is the only OEM that relies heavily on Mediatek. But with the M6 Note SD625, hopefully more people buy it and Meizu shifts more of its attention to using Qualcomm.

4. fyah_king unregistered

4G on both sim cards? I like that!

5. tangbunna

Posts: 491; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

dual-standby. only.

7. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I was expecting 14nm cores but 16nm is still pretty decent. These chips seems on par with Huawei's mid-range Kirin albeit with a stronger GPU. Although keep in mind that Kirins have dual-channel RAM modules so they've blazing fast RAM whereas these Helios likely rely on single channel ones, like their predecessors.

10. mmuc3

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 18, 2017

Helio P2x/30 supports lpddr4x(2x16bits)

11. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

A 2 x 16bit has the same bandwidth as a 32-Bit single channel! Kirins have 32-Bit dual channel RAM!

12. mmuc3

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 18, 2017

dual channel but old lpddr3

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