While MediaTek said that it will be focusing on its mid-range processors for now, the company is still pushing the chip’s performance to the limit. An upcoming processor, the Helio P70, was spotted on AnTuTu with a score of 156,906 points. Blurring the definition between mid-range and high performance SoCs.
The Helio P70’s overall score is said to be superior when compared to other mid-range processors like the Samsung Exynos 7872 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 660. However, this is largely propped up by its computing capabilities. The GPU score lags behind MediaTek’s premium grade Helio X30; and is comparable to the Snapdragon 660.
It is, however, on par with the rest of its peers for RAM performance. Ensuring the SoC will not be hampered by slow RAM speeds.
Specifications of the Helio P70 will include eight processing cores, a Mali G72 MP4 GPU and a Cat 13 modem. TSMC will be building the chip using the 12 nanometre construction method, and MediaTek is set to show the chip at MWC 2018 in Barcelona. However, no manufacturers have been announced using the new processor from MediaTek; though we posit a number of Chinese brands will be flocking to the lower-cost processor to build their next mid-range device.
The it’s difficult to say that the Helio P70 surpasses the company’s last generation flagship Helio X30. It’s a decidedly mid-range SoC at the moment; although it does offer more computing power. Considering how graphics intensive some apps are becoming, it’s uncertain if the tradeoff on GPU power is worth it.