MediaTek will answer a single-chip system Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 and 630 OCTA-core SoC Helio P23
The recent announcement of single-chip systems Snapdragon 660 and 630 seriously strengthened the position of Qualcomm in the segment of SoC medium level. First, using 14-nanometer technology FinFET allows to count on good efficiency, which has already managed to show the SoC, the Snapdragon 625, and secondly, the manufacturer has improved many aspects of the platforms in comparison with the predecessors: from the image processor to the communication processor. It is logical that MediaTek will answer this attack on Qualcomm, and that answer, according to one knowledgeable user in Chinese social network Weibo, will be SoC Helio P23.
According to rumors, Helio P23 will be a simplified version of the first 10-core 10-nanometer SoC Helio X30, introduced in February of this year. Alas, in terms of energy efficiency Helio P23 will give not only Helio X30, but also competitive solutions, Qualcomm, after all, made this SoC, according to rumors, will be on the 16 nm FinFET process technology. However, it would not be bad if it didn’t fail the timing issue: if Snapdragon 660 already delivered to customers, and deliveries Snapdragon 630 will begin before the end of the month, Helio P23 promised only to the end of the year! Like in this scenario, Helio P23 did not repeat the fate of the platform Helio X20…
From most of the current platforms MediaTek new product compares favorably GPU – PowerVR promised 7XTP, similar to the Helio X30 (though likely with fewer cores). But on the part all pretty standard CPU – eight cores ARM Cortex-A53. Another new platform is credited with LPDDR4x memory support, dual cameras and displays with 2K resolution, as well as integrated LTE Cat 7 modem.
According to another source, Helio P23 will be of interest primarily to manufacturers of smartphones from China – Oppo, Vivo, Gionee. Although the geography of sales will be wider: the product may be interested in and collectors from the countries of Eastern Asia and of India. Looks interesting and price plug for smartphones based on the new SoC: from $150 to $450. And if the lower limit seems quite reasonable and justified, then the top is clearly too high (forgive the tautology). Indeed, even now the same cost Chinese smartphones are on the top-end Qualcomm SoC, but Helio P23 will be released only to the end of the year. By that time, even devices on the Snapdragon platform 835 risk be cheaper.
Sources: Benchlife, Gizmochina