Helio P23 and Helio P30 billed for August 29 launch
MediaTek sales numbers are dire, as the budget and mid-range market segments—the company's primary target—have been all but taken over by competitors Qualcomm. Qualcomm, over the past year, has released a number of SoCs that have been favorites in that segment, with the Snapdragon 425 and 625 coming to mind. Recent releases like the Snapdragon 660 and 630 have made the chances of a MediaTek market resurgence unlikely. The company has replied in good fashion, though, with the release of the mid-range Helio P23 and Helio P30.
The Helio P20 and P25 are MediaTek's, subjectively, best processors, as they combine an efficient 16nm manufacturing process with decent performance. With those two factors alone in mind, we'd consider them a bit better than the Snapdragon 625 but the 625 edges over them with a much more powerful GPU, slightly better power consumption, and development support. The Helio P23 and P30 are set to build upon the strengths of the P20 and P25, with the P23 built on a 16nm manufacturing process, and the P30 on a 12nm one.
The P23 will support dual rear cameras, 2K resolution, Cat.7 and LPDDR4X memory. The P30 will feature four Cortex A-72 cores with a clock speed of 1.5GHz, and four Cortex A-53 cores also clocked at 1.5GHz. It will feature Cat.10 connectivity.
MediaTek has sent out invites for the event scheduled for August 29, in Beijing. The company also expects both SoCs to be on devices by the turn of the year.
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