MediaTek’s Helio P70 Upgrade is Kind of a Disapointment

Just a Minor Upgrade Over P60

MediaTek is working on a new Helio P70 SoC which is the successor to the popular P60. The later was announced earlier this year. The company is focusing on AI features, better camera performance, as well as a better gaming experience for its users.

Moreover, power efficiency is promoted as well. However, the upgrade doesn’t seem worth it if we just look at the specs on paper. The company is making new SoC but when compared to the P60, the upgrades sounds minor at best.

  • CPU configuration  — Octa-Core: 4x ARM Cortex-A73 up to 2.1GHz; 4x ARM Cortex-A53 up to 2.0GHz; 2MB L2 cache total
  • Memory support  — LPDDR4x (Up to 8GB, 1800MHz)
  • Storage support — 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 decode — 1080P @ 30FPS, H.264/HEVC
  • Video encode — 1080P @ 30FPS, H.264
  • Max display support — 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
  • BT/Wi-Fi connectivity — 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2
  • Misc. — GNSS options, FM

Similar to the P60, the new P70 is using the TSMC’s 12nm FinFet node with 8-cores, four A73 cores running at 2.1GHz. We also have four A53 cores running at 2.0Ghz. MediaTek has also added an AI-proposed multicore APU that runs at 5.25MHz, a Mali-G72 MP3 GPU clocking 99MHz.

Overall, this provides 13% improvement over the GPU chip we saw in the P60. It is a little disappointing to see that the only major difference between the P60 and P70 is a marginal difference in clock speed.

Otherwise, the P70 is using the same NeruoPilot platform and SDK compatibility with other machine learning systems such as Caffe, TF Lite, and Tensor Flow.

Well, at least the P70 Worldmode modem features 4G LTE with up to 300Mb/s with dual sims.

Sikandar Mahmood
An avid fan of stealth-shooter genre. He prefers tactical-based shooters over mainstream titles and regards PS4 and PC as his choice of gaming platforms.