MediaTek’s Helio P70 Brings Advanced AI and Premium Upgrades To Mid-Range Devices

Helio P70 with enhanced AI and upgraded CPU & GPU offers higher performance, better camera features, quicker connectivity and more efficient power consumption for a superior user experience.

New Delhi – October 24, 2018 (press release)– MediaTek today announced the launch of the Helio P70 system-on-chip (SoC), with an enhanced AI engine combined with CPU and GPU upgrades for more powerful AI processing. Helio P70 also comes with upgraded imaging and camera support, a gaming performance boost and advanced connectivity features. The MediaTek mentioned in the public press release that the Helio P70 packs all these upgrades into the power-efficient chipset to meet the most demanding user needs.

The introduction of the Helio P70 follows the global launch of the Helio P60 earlier this year and builds on its hallmark features to power the “New Premium” market of full-featured smartphones at affordable price points.

Built with TSMC’s 12nm FinFET technology, the Helio P70 features a multi-core APU operating at up to 525 MHz for fast and efficient edge-AI processing. To maximize the performance of demanding AI applications, the chipset packs four Arm Cortex-A73 2.1 GHz processors and four Arm Cortex-A53 2.0 GHz processors in an octa-core big.LITTLE configuration. For an additional power boost, the chipset has an improved Arm Mali-G72 MP3 GPU operating at up to 900 MHz, which provides a 13 percent performance improvement compared to the Helio P60.

MediaTek’s Helio P70 Brings Advanced AI and Premium Upgrades To Mid-Range Devices

“With an enhanced AI engine that works seamlessly across the CPU and GPU, Helio P70 delivers much faster performance for AI applications and is still highly power efficient,” said TL Lee, General Manager of MediaTek’s Wireless Communication business unit. “The introduction of Helio P70 continues MediaTek’s commitment to deliver high-end smartphone features and advanced technology for the mass market.”

MediaTek’s Helio P70 Brings Advanced AI and Premium Upgrades

Features of Helio P70 mentioned by the MediaTek:

Below Given features and performance claimed by the MediaTek only…

Enhanced AI Engine

The MediaTek Helio P70 incorporates a powerful Arm Cortex-A73/A53 octa-core CPU complex with an Arm Mali-G72 class GPU. Versus the prior P60, its faster clock speeds generate up to 13% more performance. Its powerful multi-core APU delivers up to 30% better AI performance than MediaTek Helio P60. By using the latest TSMC 12nm FinFET production process the P70 is up to 15% lower power than other 14nm-class products.

Helio P70’s enhanced AI engine delivers a 10 to 30 percent AI processing boost compared to the Helio P60. That means Helio P70 can support more complex AI applications such as real-time human pose recognition and AI-based video encoding.

MediaTek’s AI video encoder enhances video call quality even when connection bandwidth is limited. It can be used for video calls including Skype calls, Facebook video calls, and Youtube live video streaming.

Helio P70 is built on MediaTek’s NeuroPilot platform, the company’s comprehensive hardware and software ecosystem to support edge AI. NeuroPilot supports common AI frameworks, including TensorFlow, TF Lite, Caffe, Caffe2 and custom third-party offerings.


Fluid Gaming Experience

Mobile gaming enhancements include unique multithreading optimizations, as well as a focus on latency improvements in critical user areas to provide the most responsive gameplay experience. In popular games that frequently generate a heavy load across the SoC, the P70 provides 7% better DOU and up to 35% lower power versus the P60.


For Camera

Helio P70 supports a variety of AI-infused photo and video experiences including real-time beautification, scene detection, and artificial reality (AR) capabilities. The chipset features improved deep-learning facial detection with up to 90 percent accuracy. With support for a super-sized 32MP single camera or 24+16MP dual cameras, the chipset gives device makers more design flexibility. Its three ISPs are tuned to provide significant power savings, reducing consumption by 18 percent compared to previous Helio generation dual-camera setups.

For photography, its new high-resolution depth engine gives a 3X boost in depth-mapping performance, which
enables smoother 24fps visual bokeh previews while also saving 43mA per second versus competitor alternatives.
The P70 is unique among peers in its focus on real-time HDR capture and its hardware-driven ability to process
RAW HDR images. Further enhancements include a hardware warping engine used for electronic image
stabilization (EIS) that saves 23mA per second vs GPU, and an anti-blooming engine that prevents white-out.

Seamless Connectivity

Helio P70 comes with a 4G LTE modem and 300MBit/s of download performance. Dual 4G VoLTE support provides a seamless user experience across two different SIMs for higher quality calls and faster connection times. Helio P70 also features MediaTek’s smart antenna technology, which automatically uses the best antenna combination to sustain signal quality. Its dual 4G SIM enables the use of popular VoLTE and ViLTE services on either cellular connection. Compared to traditional calls VoLTE and ViLTE provide the best possible experience, with faster call setup time and noticeably better sound quality. With 4G LTE benefits, the second SIM also has faster data connectivity, more reliable coverage and lower power consumption, while also meeting the needs of
4G-only operators.

MediaTek Helio P70 technical specifications:

CPU Octa-Core: 4x ARM Cortex-A73 up to 2.1GHz; 4x ARM Cortex-A53 up to 2.0GHz; 2MB L2 cache total
Memory: LPDDR4x (Up to 8GB, 1800MHz)
Storage: eMMC 5.1 or UFS 2.1
GPU: ARM Mali-G72 MP3 @ 900MHz
APU: Dual-core, Multi-threaded APU
Camera: 24+16MP or 32MP
Video Decoding: 1080P @ 30FPS, H.264/HEVC
Video Encoding: 1080P @ 30FPS, H.264
Display: 2400 x 1080 (Full HD+) 20:9
Modem: LTE Cat 7 (DL) / Cat-13 (UL) (FDD/TDD), 2×2 UL CA, TAS 2.0, HUPE, IMS (VoLTE\ViLTE\WFC),eMBMS, Dual 4G VoLTE (DSDS), Band 71
Connectivity: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GNSS options, FM
MediaTek Technologies: NeuroPilot, CorePilot 4.0, Imagiq, Pump Express

Mobile APU

  • Multi-core, multi-threaded AI processing unit
  • Intelligent multi-threading scheduler
  • Performance of 280 GMACs

AI-accelerated experiences

  • Real time human pose recognition
  • Deep-learning facial detection (DL-FD)
  • Real-time beautification with novel overlays
  • Object and scene identification
  • AR/MR acceleration
  • Real-time enhancements
  • Augmentations to photography or video

MediaTek NeuroPilot

  • Seamless, heterogeneous
  • AI-computing architecture
  • Common framework support
  • Android NNAPI extension with SDK
  • Close-to-metal performance gains

MediaTek CorePilot 4.0

  • Sustainable high performance at low-power
  • Thermal Monitoring
  • UX Monitoring
  • Energy Awareness

Camera System

  • 24+16MP dual camera
  • 32MP single camera
  • Single or dual camera bokeh (DoF)
  • 3-core ISP 18% power saving vs. prev gen.
  • 32MP@30FPS with ZSD
  • 16MP@90FPS

Camera Hardware Accelerators

  • Built for HDR capture
    • RAW-HDR
    • Real-time HDR recording and viewing
    • Zig-Zag HDR
    • RAW-domain multi-frame HDR
  • AI accelerated) facial detection and scene detection for better
  • 3A (AE, AF, and AWB)
  • 3X performance from high resolution, hardware depth engine
  • 20% faster MFNR(MFLL) shot to-JPEG performance
  • Warping Engine (EIS)
  • Anti-Blooming Engine
  • Multi-Frame Noise reduction
  • PDAF

MediaTek AI-based Video Encoder

  • Automatic scene analysis and focal region identification
  • Best video call/stream UX quality
  • Ultra-efficient, low power design


The Helio P70 is in volume production now and is expected to be available in consumer devices by November of this year.

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