MediaTek announces the Helio P95 SoC with APU 2.0 AI accelerator, HyperEngine game technology, and more
MediaTek has announced a new addition to its Helio family with the launch of the Helio P95 processor. The MediaTek Helio P95 is a successor to the Helio P90 that was launched back in December 2018 and brings along several improvements across GPU, camera, connectivity, and AI.
By and large, the Helio P95 isn’t a drastic upgrade over its predecessor. It continues to employ the same CPU architecture, featuring 2x ARM Cortex-A75 performance cores clocked at 2.2GHz and 6x ARM Cortex-A55 efficiency cores running at 2.0GHz. The PowerVR GM 9446 GPU is also unchanged from the last generation but MediaTek says it now offers 10% more performance. The AI Processing Unit (APU) has also received a claimed 10% performance gain over the last generation.
The Helio P95’s triple Image Signal Processor (ISP) now supports a single 64MP sensor, a step up from 48MP, or up to 24MP and 16MP in dual camera setup and can handle 14-bit RAW and 10-bit YUV processing. It also receives a range of AI-based camera enhancements including 5-person human pose tracking, full-body avatar AR, 3D pose tracking, AR/MR acceleration, and a new AK-NR low-light camera mode.
For gaming, the Helio P95 supports the MediaTek HyperEngine technology, the first in the P-series, which according to the company, offers various hardware and software-level enhancements for an improved gaming experience.
In terms of connectivity, the MediaTek Helio P95 features 4G LTE WorldMode modem with LTE Cat-12 download and Cat-13 upload speeds. It also supports Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.0, 4×4 MIMO, 3CA, 256QAM, and 4G dual SIM VoLTE.
MediaTek hasn’t revealed when we should expect to see devices hitting the market with the Helio P95. But given the chipset’s modest improvements, it’s safe to assume its application will be limited to the budget and entry-level smartphones.