MediaTek Unveils the Helio P22: a Mid-Range SoC with Support for AI Frameworks

MediaTek Unveils the Helio P22: a Mid-Range SoC with Support for AI Frameworks

While the smartphone market is getting flooded with Qualcomm SoCs, MediaTek continues its dominion over low and mid-range SoCs, particularly in Asian countries. To keep up with the competition, MediaTek has unveiled the new Helio P22, bringing advanced 12nm process, AI applications, dual-camera support and better connectivity for mid-tier devices and below.

MediaTek Helio P22 Key Specifications


CPU TypeARM Cortex-A53CoresOcta (8)
Max Frequency2.0 GHzCPU Bit64-bit

Memory and Storage

Memory TypeLPDDR3; LPDDR4xMemory Frequency933MHz; 1600MHz
Max Memory Size4GB; 6GBStorage TypeeMMC 5.1


Cellular TechnologiesCarrier Aggregation, CDMA2000 1x/EVDO Rev. A (SRLTE), FDD / TDD LTE, HSPA+Specific FunctionsTAS 2.0, HUPE, IMS (VoLTE\ViLTE\WoWi-Fi), eMBMS, Dual 4G VoLTE (DSDS), Band 71
LTE CategoryCat-4, Cat-7 DL / Cat-13 ULGNSSBeidou, Galileo, Glonass, GPS


GPU TypeIMG PowerVR GE8320Max GPU Frequency650MHz
Max Display Resolution1600 x 720Video EncodingH.264, 1080p @30fps


Camera ISP21MP, 13+8MPCapture FPS21MP @ 30fps; 13MP+8MP @ 30fps
Camera FeaturesAI Face ID (Face Unlock), AI Smart Photo Album, Single Cam/Dual-Cam Bokeh, EIS, RSC Engine, MEMA 3DNR, Multi-Frame Noise Reduction

The MediaTek Helio P22 is built with TSMC 12nm FinFET technology, allowing for an optimal mix of power saving and performance for the mid-range. The SoC features a 64bit Octa-core setup of ARM Cortex-A53’s with a maximum CPU frequency of 2GHz. For graphics, the IMG PowerVR GE8320 with a maximum frequency of 650MHz allows support for displays up to 1600 x 720 resolution (20:9 HD+), as well as video encoding of up to 1080p @ 30fps. The Helio P22 supports LPDDR3 and LPDDR4x for memory with RAM up to 4GB and 6GB respectively. Although you do get restricted to eMMC 5.1 support for storage.

The Helio P22 also brings Edge AI enhancements powered by MediaTek NeuroPilot technology. This allows the Helio P22 to support common AI frameworks such as TensorFlow, TF Lite, Caffe, and Caffe2, as well as allows it to auto-select the best available AI resource for developer efficiency. AI accelerated camera features on the SoC include Face ID, smart photo albums, dual-camera depth of field, and more.

For the camera, the SoC supports either a single 21MP ISP or a dual camera setup of 13+8MP. Either setup can capture at 30fps. There is support for single camera and dual camera bokeh, EIS, multi-frame noise reduction and more.

One of the highlights of the SoC is the support for LTE on both SIM cards on phones with dual SIM support. You also get 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0 as well as GNSS support for Beidou, Galileo, Glonass, and GPS.

Combined, the Helio P22 packs in key technologies that have been available on higher end SoCs and brings them to the mid and low ends. While not every feature will be available on every smartphone that comes with the Helio P22, support for all of these features allows OEMs much more flexibility and the consumers much more choice in the final product.

The Helio P22 is in volume production now and is expected to be available in consumer devices by the end of Q2 2018. You can expect to see Helio P22-powered devices in markets like India and China and others in the Southeast Asian region.

Source: PR Newswire

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