After gaining momentum in the mid-range and entry-level segments in Asian markets with its mobile SoCs last year, MediaTek is looking to consolidate its growth with the launch of the Helio P10 octa-core SoC.
The Helio P10 is the direct successor to last year's MT6752, and signifies the Taiwanese vendor's shift to its new branding convention. Aimed at the fiercely competitive mid-tier segment, the P10 includes features introduced in the Helio X20, MediaTek's flagship 10-core SoC, such as CPU cores clocked to 2.0GHz, improved audio capabilities and a TrueBright ISP with an ultra-sensitive RWWB sensor that can drive 21MP cameras:
Enables ultra-sensitive RWWB sensor to capture twice as much light as traditional RGB sensors in order to retain true color and detail, even in low light. The RWWB sensor also enhances the color resolution, even when compared with RGBW sensors.
Hardware-wise, the Helio P10 boasts two clusters of ARM's 64-bit Cortex A53 core, with four cores clocked at 2.0GHz and four energy-efficient cores clocked slightly lower. There's a Mali T860MP2 GPU running at 700MHz, as well as dual-channel 32-bit LPDDR3 memory with a frequency of 800MHz. MediaTek is also touting display technologies like MiraVision 2.0, which enables 60fps at full-HD, along with an UltraDimming screen-dimming mode for late-night reading and a BluLight Defender that aims to reduce eye strain.
The SoC also features an integrated LTE Category 6 modem with download speeds of up to 300 Mbps as well as 2 x 20MHz carrier aggregation. More significant is the inclusion of a CDMA2000 modem that allows MediaTek to make headway into CDMA cellular networks such as Verizon and Sprint.
The Helio P10 will be making its way to device vendors in the third quarter, and will be available in consumer handsets by late 2015.