Yesterday Mediatek revealed their new chipset destined for high mid-range smartphones, the Helio P90. This new CPU is destined to replace the Helio P60 and P70 that is currently in many Chinese smartphones. The Helio P90 is similar to the older brothers in many aspects but comes with some new features that will surely catch some eyes once it will be available in smartphones.
The Helio P90 is an 8-core CPU with a 2-core ARM Cortex-A75 at 2.2GHz and 6-core ARM Cortex-A55 at 2.0GHz. It also comes with an IMG PowerVR GM 9446 GPU clocked at 970Mhz. It can support up to 8GB of RAM and a main camera of up to 48MP. It is clear that Mediatek once to focus on photography, so the Helio P90 support’s the latest camera modules from big manufacturers. It can also work in a dual-array mode with a main camera of 24MP and a secondary of up to 16MP. On the video side however it does not look that good. The chipset is only able to support 1080p recording. Still, pretty good for a mid-range Soc. Performance should be similar to a Snapdragon 660 or 710.
Another interesting feature is that the Helio P90 copes with a neural chip included. Mediatek promises that this NPU (Neural Processing Unit) will speed up and improve tasks such as image recognition and automatic photo enhancement. It will also work really well with AR applications. Expect smartphones with Helio P90 to hit the market sometime in the second half of 2019 at prices around $300.