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MediaTek allegedly plans to step into mobile gaming arena with new, custom-build SoC

The MediaTek Helio P90: could it be the template for a new SoC? (Source: MediaTek)
The MediaTek Helio P90: could it be the template for a new SoC? (Source: MediaTek)
New leaks that allegedly emanate from Chinese sources point to the imminent release of a new processor by MediaTek: the Helio G90. This CPU is also directed at relatively fresh ground for the Taiwanese silicon-smiths. It is purported to be destined for gaming smartphones.

The Taiwanese system-on-chip (SoC) manufacturers MediaTek is now said to be working on a new line of products. According to the relevant leaks, which reportedly originate in China, it may be called the G series of processors. Should these new reports hold water, it will join the company's existing Helio P-, X-, and A-lines of smartphone CPUs.

MediaTek may diversify its business in this way in order to cater to a rapidly-emerging sub-sector of the smartphone market: gaming. Currently, it is mainly held down by Qualcomm, who use the power and speed of its premium Snapdragon series to appeal to OEMs such as Razer, Asus and Red Magic. Therefore, the first Helio G-series processor, the G90, may be MediaTek's bid to cut into these sales.

So far, the Helio G90 is rumored to be based on a 12-nanometer architecture and integrate the PowerVR GM9446 GPU that has also been used in the Helio P90 SoC. Otherwise, the company's plans to make this putative CPU more gamer-y are not clear at this point. However, should a promotional poster found with this new name on it prove authentic, these details will be released at its July 30, 2019 launch.

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Some putative promotional material for the Helio G90 has also emerged. (Source: DroidShout)
Some putative promotional material for the Helio G90 has also emerged. (Source: DroidShout)

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-07-16 (Update: 2019-07-16)