MediaTek unveils Helio P90 mid-range chip with powerful AI capabilities

MediaTek unveils Helio P90 mid-range chip with powerful AI capabilities
Earlier this month, chip designer MediaTek threw its hat into the 5G ring with the introduction of the M70 modem chip, which will be fabricated by TSMC and released next year. Today, MediaTek unveiled the Helio P90. According to Android Central, this SoC includes an octa-core processor equipped with two Cortex-A75 cores running at 2.2GHz for tasks requiring some power. The remaining six CPU's are made up of Cortex-A55 cores running at 2GHz.

The chip will be made using a 12nm process, and is equipped with a PowerVR GM 9446 GPU to provide a 50% improvement in performance from the Helio P70. But the big deal about the Helio P90 is its AI capabilities for a mid-range chipset. It will feature a multi-core AI processing unit (APU) to provide 4 times the AI performance found on the P60 and P70 chips. The APU will be used to make high-quality photography available from more affordable phones.

MediaTek's Helio P90 chip supports a single 48MP camera, or a dual setup of 24MP +16MP. It also provides 480fps slow-motion at 16MP, and will work with visual search feature Google Lens. You should find phones and devices using the chip hitting the market in the first half of next year. And even though Qualcomm seems distracted with its court battles against Apple, the company also seems too energized by 5G to even let its guard down in the mid-range niche of the market. So while MediaTek will continue to seek some traction in the U.S., it is going to be an uphill fight for the company.

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7 Comments

1. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

This is quite a nice chip. But only for phones till $400. Anything above and I would want a 710 or 845/855.

2. vasra

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Only for phones up to $300 imho. Mediatek phones are always slower in practice, later with updates and shorter in terms of overall support and features.

3. KingSam

Posts: 1492; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

The GPU is always a let down but them using power vr GPU is a good sign.

7. princekaushik

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 02, 2019

But P90 is awesome and it will come below 400$ i guess!

4. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It's useless if it can't undercut Pocophone's price.

5. princekaushik

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 02, 2019

Have you seen the specification of the chipset! Its brilliant!

6. harikiransingh

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 05, 2019

P70 and P90 both have some amazing specifications and are powered by AI

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