In this post, we are going to compare the latest SoCs recently announced by MediaTek. On a high-level, we are going to compare three SoC’s, the Helio X30, P60, and the P70. Even though MediaTek and Qualcomm are rivals, but Qualcomm has a clear lead, that too by a considerable margin. With the launch of Snapdragon 630, 660 and Snapdragon 845, Qualcomm wants to win over the smartphone processor markets in the mid-range and high-end phones.
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MediaTek doesn’t want to stay back. Recently, MediaTek launched the Helio P series of new generation SOCs for the mid-to-high segment. The Helio P60 is already in the market. Very Soon, we will get to see the Helio P70 and the P40. But here we are concerned about the P70, P60 and the X30.
MediaTek Helio X30 despite being a good SoC could not replace the Snapdragon 835 or capture any significant market share outside of China. There are a lot of reasons for that. For one, is their restrictions to sell in the US markets. That might be the reason, MediaTek has decided to work on their Helio P series processor lineup that has done well in the past. Let’s start the comparison and find out whether they are worth investing in.
In the meanwhile, Realme, which is a sub-brand from Oppo, has launched the worlds first, Mediatek P70 powered smartphone dubbed Realme U1. Check it out on Amazon India.
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Helio P60 is a powerful mid-range SoC that combines the incredible power of a cluster of four Cortex A73 cores tuned at 2 GHz frequency and the second cluster of four ARM Cortex A53 cores clocked at 2 GHz. It comes with a multi-core AI processing unit for performing AI tasks. It houses the latest Arm-Mali G72 GPU with full-HD display support with the aspect ratio of 20:9. Thus it is not only bezel-less ready but also ready for notched display.
Also Read: Phones with Helio X30
Moving on to the Helio P70 that has caused quite a noise by the tech reviewers. As per the reports, this SoC will be launched soon along with the P40. It is directly going to compete with the Snapdragon 660 and the upcoming SD 670. The Helio P70 will be an octa-core processor with a cluster of four ARM Cortex A73 cores clocked at 2.5 GHz and four ARM Cortex A53 cores clocked at 2 GHz.
Now that we have discussed all the important features and technologies, let us jump towards the side by side specification comparison. It will help you to understand all the major differences between MediaTek P60 and MediaTek P70 more thoroughly. We will avoid all the revised and similar features and specs, and discuss only those really make an impact on the performance. Here we go:
ARM Cortex A73 (Performance)
2x LPDDR4X @ ~1800 MHz
4 GB on LPDDR3
CDMA 2000 1x / EVDO Rev.A – SRL
FDD / TDD LTE
IMS (VoLTE / ViLTE / WoWi-Fi)
Dual 4G VoLTE (DSDS)
Dual: 24 + 16 MP
90 fps on 16 MP
Hardware Warping Engine
Anti Blooming Engine
Multi Frame Noise Reduction
Real-Time HDR Recording + Viewing
RAW domain multi-frame HDR
Pump Express Wireless
Response Time Enhancement Technology
As the table implies, despite having similar features, MediaTek Helio P70 delivers slightly better frequency compared to Helio P60. This could be possibly the result of all the optimizations we discussed earlier in the post. Moreover, P70 also delivers better GPU frequency compared to the former one and comes with additional repose time enhancement technology. These are the only differences between these two processors at technical perspective.
The chipset also rumored to feature Mali-G72 MP4 800 MHz GPU unit. It will support only full HD resolution display with an aspect ratio of up to 20:9 for the notch screen support. Ulefone T2 Pro will be the first phone powered by Helio P70 that will have a notched display like the iPhone X. Helio P70 is also expected to come with some AI capabilities.
Moving to the Helio X30 which was a MediaTek flagship SoC from 2017. Unlike most of the processors in the smartphone market, the X30 is a deca-core processor. It is among the first wave of processors built on the 10 nm FinFET process. The deca-core CPU combines the power of 2 Cortex A73 cores clocked at 2.6 GHz, 4 Cortex A53 cores clocked at 2.2 GHz and four Cortex A35 cores at 1.9 GHz. It has IMG PowerVR 7XTP-MT4 clocked at 850 MHz with a display resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels.
All the three SoCs we are comparing here support up to 8 GB of RAM. But the X30 is built on the 10 nm FinFET processor while the rest two are on the 12 nm FinFET process. So it is evident that the X30 is slightly better in power efficiency and performance.
The Helio X30 has a better modem as compared with the Helio P60 and the upcoming P70. MediaTek X30 supports Bluetooth 5.0 while the P60 supports Bluetooth 4.2. It is expected that the Helio P70 might also come with Bluetooth 5.0. Coming to the camera capabilities, The X30, P60, and P70 supports up to 32 MP single camera and dual camera setup. The new SoCs P60 and P70 are better at handling the dual camera ISP.
Moving to some benchmarks report on AnTuTu, The MediaTek Helio P70 has scored which is higher than the Helio X30, Snapdragon 660 and Exynos 7872. The CPU is above its mid-range competitors. But the GPU result is not that good as compared to its direct competitor SD 660 and the Helio X30. Helio X30 beats the P70 in the UX score too.
The Helio P60 is slightly less potent than the P70. The former will be powering the lower mid-range Android smartphones. Then the Helio P70 will be seen powering performance oriented mid-range smartphones with some AI functionalities. But the Helio X30 does not seem to be having a future ahead. It was launched to power the high-end flagship smartphones. But the Snapdragon outperformed the X30. The successor of SD 835, the SD 845 is a lot better option than the MediaTek Helio X30. Overall, to invest in the Helio P60 and P70 is a worth the money but not in the Helio X30 as of now.
Now that we have gone through all important specification side by side, which will help us to understand these processors easily, let us have a look at some features and technologies offered in these processors by MediaTek:
MediaTek Helio P60 was marketed hard keeping its core intensive performance, camera performance and AI technology support in front. It utilizes a variety of class-leading hardware. It comes with Cortex A73 processor, Arm Mali G72 GPU, Multi-core APU (AI Processing Unit), and three ISPs with power optimization. All these and other quality leading hardware offer full HD+ 20:9 display support, camera enhancements, and other features as well. The MediaTek Helio P60 is built on top of latest 12nm FinFET manufacturing technology. With MediaTek CorePilot 4.0, the processor delivers enhanced power efficiency.
MediaTek Helio P60 lets your smartphone optimize NeuroPilot intelligence technology. Within SoC, it enables the CPU, GPU and APU interact with each other smoothly by intelligently controlling the multi-core APU. This module is considered whole a lot powerful and efficient than average GPUs. It delivers impressive AI performance up to 280 GMAC/s. Other than its remarkable camera optimization, the P60 offers deep learning face detection, beautification, novel, overlays, object identification, scene identification, AR/MR acceleration, photography enhancements, real-time video previews, and many more amusing technologies. Moreover, it helps the developer to build apps that deliver improved performance and power efficiency.
With impressive core performance, the Octa-Core CPU paired with Arm Mali H72 GPU fulfills the performance need of demanding applications and games as well. With such high-end performance, the system demands more memory bandwidth. To achieve it, MediaTek offers support to 8 GB of LPDDR4X memory at 1800 MHz. It does deliver not only performance but also optimal power efficiency. Use of the SoC hardware and 12 nm process also complements the MediaTek P60 to enhance power efficiency. Compared to previous generation Helio processors, it delivers up to 12% more power efficiency and helps your smartphone to last longer in demanding games.
The Helio P60 supports dual camera setup of 24 MP + 16 MP or a single 32 MP shooter. Its hardware driven performance delivers great real-time depth calculations. With three individual ISPs, it helps the camera deliver 30 fps with no shutter delay with 32 MP sensor and 90 fps and multi-frame recording with 16 MP sensors. It automatically detects depth at real time to deliver impressive HDR images. Multi-frame noise reduction, RAW domain multi-frame HDR, zigzag HDR and PDAF are some of the mention-worthy features it delivers.
As you may have already noticed, P60 highly focuses on power efficiency, and so does its 4G LTE modem. It is supported by over 100 cellular operators around the world. Moreover, it allows dual 4G SIMs. The TAS 2.0 technology (transmission antenna switching) allows the smartphone to maintain optimal signal quality while keeping the power consumption low. It ultimately makes the smartphone safer too use. The platform comes with support to CAT-7 and CAT 13 performance. On the other hand, it comes with 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, multi GNSS and FM radio for connectivity and location services.
The MediaTek Helio P70 is powered by a powerful Arm Cortex A73 / A53 Octa-Core Processor. Moreover, it features Arm Mali G72 class GPU for graphics-intensive operations. Compared to P60, it promises up to 13% increased clock speeds and performance. It supports 20:9 displays with full HD+ resolution. The CorePilot 4.0 helps it deliver smooth operating performance by managing task queues more smartly and efficiently. This involves thermal management, UX monitoring, EAS+ technology, etc. Like P60 the Helio P70 also uses TSMC 12nm FinFET manufacturing process, helping it deliver better power efficient compared to 14nm based products.
The multi-core CPU features in MediaTek P70 delivers up to 525 MHz frequency. The MediaTek NeuroPilot enhancements and intelligent scheduler technology helps it delivers up to 30 % more AI processing efficiency than the Helio P60 did. Despite being in the same performance scope, the P70 delivers much efficient AI performance compared to Helio P60. The MediaTek P70 is capable of handling complex AI tasks such as human pose detection. It delivers exceptional resource management with improved power efficiency, flexibility and performance.
Compared to the previous generation CPUs in the family, the Helio P70 utilizes advanced multithreading optimizations, which helps it improve latency for the superior gaming experience. Compared to the previous P60 MediaTek P70 delivers 7% better DOU on peak gaming performance moments and consumes 35% less data which providing increased power efficiency and performance.
MediaTek P70 utilizes high resolution depth engine with up to 3x boost in performance. It saves up to 43mA which delivering 24fps Bokeh previews. The hardware ability to deliver RAW HDR images helps p70 to deliver, record and process HDR content at real time. Moreover, it also supports Raw-Domain multi-frame HDR and Zigzag HDR technologies. MNFR is also improved so it processes JPEG images much faster compared to previous gen processors in the family. It helps delivering edge when capturing burst of photos. It comes with dedicated warping engine for electronic image stabilization. Use of this technology instead of GPU saves up to 23mA every second. Whiteouts are eliminated by intelligent anti-blooming engine. Moreover, it delivers awesome AI facial detection with help of better scene detection technology. It also delivers improved 3A performance (AE, AF, AWB).
As we discussed earlier in the post, the latest 4G LTE World Mode modem introduced by MediaTek in their processors help delivering better power efficiency while providing support to latest cellular standards. The VoLTE and LTE services are consumable on both sim cards as it provides support to Dual 4G sim. Compared to traditional cellular calling standards, these technologies promise to deliver a better experience by improving call setup time and sound quality overall. Other than this, it provides reliable coverage with better power efficiency. The TAS 2.0 technology (As discussed in P60 section), delivers optimal and sustained signal quality without harming power efficiency.
We started seeing AI-powered smartphones back in 2017. In 2018, the AI has evolved a lot. Whether you talk about software or hardware, AI has something to do with it. Almost every major player in the smartphone industry is using the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance various things in the smartphones. AI is not only limited to the smartphones; even the self-driving cars use AI on their software. Artificial Intelligence is also coming to the field of digital medicine. This will make the whole procedure a lot easier and precise.
If we talk about the smartphones, we have devices that pack 8 GB of RAM, plenty of storage, powerful camera and a high-end SoC. This configuration is more than enough to handle almost every game or multitasking with ease. Then you might be wondering why do we need AI?
Artificial Intelligence in short words is the capability of your phones that let it think and act accordingly to the situation. AI is soon going to be standard in all mid-range and high-end smartphones thanks to the Machine Learning Chip.
As of now most of the AI features that we see in smartphones are photography-centric. Let’s take an example, while the dual camera is in trend for portrait shots. Google Pixel devices still use the single camera to make the Portrait shots. Have you ever wondered how does this happen? That’ because of the AI built into the phone hardware and software to focus on the objects and sense the depth of the images flawlessly to deliver the DSLR like shots.
AI is not just into Android; Apple new launched iPhone X comes with a dedicated Neural Engine chip that primarily focuses on the AI aspects of the phone. The Apple Animoji and Facial ID recognition system all are possible due to the Artificial Intelligence. Apple Face ID creates a 3D mapping of the user’s face for identification purpose to unlock the phone and authenticate services like Apple Pay and more. Even the graphics are improved on its augmented-reality features using the AI-focused hardware.
Samsung, the South Korean smartphone giant also entered the Ai space with its software assistant called Bixby. It is a fantastic software that lets you identify objects and give more information about it using your smartphone camera. All you have to do is point the camera to the object. Don’t you think its cool? I find it very interesting and a future thing. Even Google has launched something like that, called Google Lens that is only present in the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL camera. It also lets you identify the objects using the camera and deliver more info in just seconds.
Even apps are using the AI. Google Photos App for iOS and Android does a neat job of the smart organization of your photos to help you find groups of pictures with the same person. You can even see all the images that have cars in them or trees or any other object that is relevant.
There is a lot of voice-assisted software likes Google Assistant, Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana and Amazon’s Alexa. All these software takes your voice commands and responds with the desired output most of the time. The accuracy of the result is the different topic. AI is evolving, and so are the results that we get using the voice-assisted devices and software.
Huawei, the Chinese giant, hails itself as the first smartphone manufacturer to introduce a dedicated AI chip for smartphones. The neural network processing unit used on the flagship phones of Huawei uses Ai powered imaging features, power efficiency features, and security features.
They have an AI feature on their camera App that can track an object and alter the camera parameters to capture the better shot then a noobie could have done manually setting all those things. The camera can identify people, food, text, animals, objects or a portrait.
Real-time language translators without any internet connectivity is again a significant feature of the onboard AI on your phone. If you have a photo that has some information and you want to be in text format, the AI is the solution.
AI will also help you to manage your daily tasks, schedule meetings and take care of your health activities. AI detects patterns, let’s take an example. You switch to silent when reaching the office, turn on the Bluetooth when at home for pairing with other devices or switch to WiFi in office. The AI will detect all these types of patterns, and these tasks will be automated for you in real time as you wanted them to be.
How can we forget the Android P, the latest Android version expected to be released in the third quarter? In the Developer Preview versions, we have seen a lot of changes in design, security, and gestures support, but one of the significant difference is the Adaptive Battery. It is an AI-based function that can reduce power consumption to the CPU by 30%. It will detect the apps and features that you use the most and based on those patterns, power delivery to the CPU will be limited.
As the Internet of Things is getting pace, AI is soon going to be implemented in them too. It is evident that we have seen a lot of involvement of AI in the smartphones and smart gadgets. AI is not only limited to the hardware and Operating systems; even the Apps are using AI to simplify things.
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