MediaTek working on Helio P35 processor, an alternative to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660

MediaTek working on Helio P35 processor, an alternative to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
According to a Chinese report, chip maker MediaTek is working on a new mid-tier processor from its Helio range. It's called the Helio P35 and is reasonably powerful on paper, featuring a deca-core CPU in which the heavy load is carried by two Cortex-A73 64-bit cores clocked to 2.2GHz.

The graphics unit is the Mali G71, which is ARM's current top of the line solution with 20% higher power efficiency and 40% improved performance density compared to the Mali-T880 – used in, for example, the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. However, the GPU will likely appear in a cut-down version, as the report says that the Helio P35's maximum resolution support is 1080p, while the G71 is good for 4K visuals.

The chipset supports up to 10GB of LPDDR4 RAM and bundles a Cat 10 LTE modem that allows download speeds of up to 450Mbps. There's UFS 2.1 storage support as well, which means that the fast memory standard is ready to trickle down to less expensive alternatives to flagship smartphones. Being a MediaTek chip, the Helio P35 will benefit from the manufacturer's Pump Express 3.0 fast charging technology as well.

All in all, the Helio P35, which should be released in the third quarter of 2017 could present a compelling, cost-efficient alternative to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 for Chinese smartphone makers. Qualcomm's mid-tier chip is scheduled for release in the second quarter of 2017. It has an octa-core CPU configuration, with four cores clocked to 2.2GHz and four clocked to 1.9GHz. It's paired with the Adreno 512 GPU and supports up to 8GB of RAM, along with Cat 10 LTE.

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11 Comments

1. aksa123

Posts: 366; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

P-series vs X-series, which is better?

3. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

X is their "flagship" probably means extreme, P is their mid/low tier, probably mean power/perfromance

4. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Make Helio great again!

5. aman5mathur

Posts: 241; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

Snapdragon over mediatek anyday Mediatek lack in their gpu department severely Their chipset is just not capable of handling the graphic intensive games They do use Mali 880 but then they strip down the cores Really looking forward to the G71. Hope it gives a tough competition to adreno 530

6. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Depends on the tier, Mediatek graphics are quite comparable with Adreno 505/506 in the low chipsets and with Adrenos 510 in the mid range. The only tier where they are not able to compete is the high end (Adreno 530)

7. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

Highly clocked G71-MP8 is slightly slower than a year old Adreno 530 and Adreno 540 is on its way.

8. Arguna

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 23, 2016

Mali g71 mp8 in kirin 960 isn't weaker, then adreno 530, judging by tests now.

9. Arguna

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 23, 2016

So we are wating mali g71 :)

10. Arguna

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 23, 2016

I don't think, that helio p35 will compete with snap 660 But specs of helio p35 looks good)

11. fonelover

Posts: 255; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

Why deca core? Can't they make octacore core CPU with Quad A73 and quad A53 combined?

12. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

MediaTek is upping the ante for next year's SoC wars. I hope they'll finally deliver something to dethrone Qualcomm's Snapdragon!

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