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MediaTek launches the Helio P95 SoC

MediaTek has launched the Helio P95. (Source: MediaTek)
MediaTek has launched the Helio P95. (Source: MediaTek)
MediaTek has made the Helio P95's page on its website live. By its name, this chipset sound like an iterative upgrade over its current 4G/LTE flagship. However, it boasts the AI Processing Unit (APU) 2.0, which, as the OEM claims, will improve its benchmarking in this area compared to its predecessor. Otherwise, the CPU has 8 cores with a max clock of 2.2GHz.

The MediaTek Helio P95 is this OEM's latest 4G/LTE chipset. It has some impressive connectivity specs, including Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 5.0, as well as Cat. 12 download speeds; Cat. 13 upload speeds; 4 x 4 MIMO; ViLTE; VoLTE; Band 71 support and dual 4G SIMs. However, they may be seen as lagging behind now in a world of 5G and Wi-Fi 6.

Nevertheless, the Helio P95 does also support APU 2.0, which, as it is claimed, confers about 10% improvements in benchmarking scores over the previous generation. The rest of this chipset consists of 2 Cortex-A75 cores clocked at 2.2GHz and 6 A55 cores at 2.0GHz. Its GPU is an Imagination PowerVR GM 94446 that lacks speed-specs on its new OEM site page. However, it can run displays of up to 2520x1080 in resolution.

The Helio P95 can run 1 64MP sensor, or 24+16MP dual cameras. Its triple image signal processor (ISP) can handle up to 14-bit RAW and AI camera enhancements. They include an "AI-NR" low-light photography mode; 5-person human pose tracking; multiple object- and scene-identification and an AI depth engine.

This chipset also features MediaTek's HyperEngine features for gaming. They include a GPU rendering-to-display pipeline latency that is reduced by up to 60% (although the OEM did not specify what this stat relates to); improved power efficiency while gaming; CPU/GPU/memory management enhancements and streamlined cell tower connections. To date, however, smartphone OEMs are yet to exhibit Helio P95 uptake in their near-future devices.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2020-02-26 (Update: 2020-02-26)