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MediaTek to release Helio P90 SoC with advanced AI features

The Helios P90 would be MediaTek's first high-end SoC. (Source: MediaTek)
The Helios P90 would be MediaTek's first high-end SoC. (Source: MediaTek)
MediaTek started out as a provider of mobile SoCs for emerging Chinese smartphone makers. Up until now, the Taiwanese company presented solid entry-level and mid-range solutions, but, with the upcoming Helio P90, MediaTek is aiming to compete with the best SoCs from Qualcomm, Apple and Samsung. The Helio P90 SoC was recently teased as a "powerful" and "efficient" chip with "groundbreaking AI."

Taiwanese SoC maker MediaTek is currently rolling out the Helio P70 chips that are powering the Realme U1 phones. MediaTek specializes in efficient SoCs that power entry-level and mid-range devices, but the company is now aiming at entering the high-end SoC market with the announcement of the upcoming Helio P90 model.

The successor of the Helio P70 was teased in a Twitter post that presents it as a “powerful, efficient” chip integrating “groundbreaking AI” features. If the unannounced Helio P80 is just a smidge slower than the Snapdragon 8150, as presented in someleaked benchmarks, the P90 would definitely be a worthy opponent for Apple’s A12 Bionic and Samsung’s Exynos 9820. As far as the advanced AI features are concerned, MediaTek did state that it is heavily investing in neural network tech along with 5G tech, so the Helio P90 could be 5G-ready and integrate novel AI capabilities.

With the Helio P8 still unannounced, it’s is quite difficult to say when the P90 would launch. Rumors claim that the first device to integrate the Helio P80 could be the Oppo R19 launching in early 2019, which would make the P90 prone for a mid-2019 release at best. The Twitter teaser could be a way to signal that MediaTek is ready to battle it out with Qualcomm and Samsung.

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Bogdan Solca, 2018-11-30 (Update: 2018-12- 1)
Bogdan Solca
Bogdan Solca - News Editor
I stepped into the wonderous IT&C world when I was around 7. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, be them from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I like to keep myself up to date with all the new technologies that get released at an ever increasing rate these days. I'm also an avid SciFi reader, an astrophysics aficionado and, as of late, a crypto geek.