[MWC 2018]: MediaTek introduces the Helio P60, a 12nm-based processor with a focus on AI

“The MediaTek Helio P60 SoC offers an octa-core 2.0GHz processor featuring the big.LITTLE architecture”

MediaTek has introduced its latest mobile processor called the Helio P60 at the ongoing MWC 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. The company’s latest processor is designed using TSMC’s 12nm FinFET process, which the vendor claims will offer a 15 percent reduction in power consumption as compared to 14nm processors. The MediaTek Helio P60 brings an octa-core processor clocked at 2.0GHz utilising four Cortex-A53 cores and four Cortex-A73 cores.

MediaTek Helio P60

The Helio P60 has been manufactured using the big.LITTE architecture. To deliver superior gaming performance, the SoC has been paired with a Mali-G72 MP3 GPU. The company claims this GPU can deliver 70 percent of the boot in gaming performance as compared to the previous Helio P series processor. The brand has also included a dedicated processing unit for AI tasks in the P60 SoC. The dedicated processing unit is called the NeuroPilot, and is capable of handling AI-related tasks on the device.

The NeuroPilot AI processing unit is two times more power efficient than using a GPU, and delivers a processing performance of 280 GMAC/S. This chip is capable of handling tasks like facial recognition, object and scene identification, real-time beautification, and AR/MR acceleration. The SoC also comes with improved imaging performance. You get three ISPs that have been power-optimised, and save up to 500mW of power or 18 percent reduction in power consumption as compared to the previous processor, says the brand.

The MediaTek Helio P60 supports a dual 20MP+16MP sensor, or up to a single 32MP shooter. The new SoC is also said to be able to auto-detect, display, and record HDR photos in real-time. The connectivity options of the new MediaTek SoC include VoLTE, ViLTE, Vo Wi-Fi, Cat. 7 download speeds, Cat. 13 upload speeds and Bluetooth 5.0 or 4.2.

At the moment, it is not clear when the MediaTek Helio P60-powered devices will be available on the market. 

Akshay aka Techakko has been working with 91mobiles since 2012. Passionate about gadgets, he has a special interest in smartphones and games. The constant stream of news stories he writes is testament to his prowess as a human web crawler. A graduate in Computer Science, he dabbles as a game developer and competes in various gaming tournaments in his spare time. When he wants to take a break from the screen, he enjoys long rides on his Yamaha FZ-S.
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