Realme to launch a phone powered by the new MediaTek Helio P70 in India
Realme has announced that it will be the first brand to use MediaTek’s new mid-range SoC, the Helio P70. The MediaTek Helio P70 was launched this week as the successor to the Helio P60. The SoC is manufactured on the same TSMC 12nm FinFET process like its predecessor. The differences from the Helio P60 deal are most apparent in the clock speeds of the CPU clusters and the clock speed of the GPU. The big Arm Cortex-A73 cluster is now clocked at 2.1GHz, while the Arm Cortex-A53 cores are clocked at 2.0GHz. The increase in clock speeds is said to result in a 13% performance improvement over its predecessor. The Mali-G72MP3 GPU also sees an increase in its clock speed up to 900MHz. The SoC has a multi-core APU clocked at 525MHz for AI processing, which is said to deliver a 10-30% boost in AI processing efficiency over its predecessor.
The Helio P70 is also said to use up to 35% less power in popular games compared to the Helio P60. It has a thermal management solution named Energy Aware Scheduling+ to lower operating temperature by up to 4.5° C, an upgrade from the standard Energy Aware Scheduling of the Helio P60. The Helio P70 comes with version 4.0 of MediaTek’s CorePilot technology.
The Helio P70 has improved camera hardware. It has real-time HDR capture, which makes it unique among its peers, according to MediaTek. It now renders bokeh at 24fps, which is a 3x improvement over its predecessor and which is also said to save 43mA per second compared to competitor alternatives. It also has a hardware warping engine for low-power electronic image stabilization (EIS), which is said to save 23mA per second in comparison to doing the work on the GPU, according to MediaTek. The SoC also supports 20:9 displays at Full HD+ resolution. Finally, it supports dual 4G VoLTE and ViLTE.
Realme was originally formed as an online-only sub-brand of OPPO. The Realme 1 was the brand’s first phone, and it was powered by the Helio P60 SoC. At the time of launch, it also undercut all of its competitors in terms of pricing. It went on to sell 400,000 units in 40 days. In July, the VP of OPPO resigned to form Realme as a separate brand, although Realme still uses OPPO’s ColorOS custom user interface and OPPO’s service center network. Realme then launched the Realme 2 in August, switching from the Helio P60 to the significantly less capable Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 in the process, which resulted in a performance downgrade. Nevertheless, combined sales of Realme phones reached one million units.
The Realme 2 Pro was announced in September, and it went on sale earlier this month. In terms of specifications, it’s a return to form for Realme as it’s the cheapest phone to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC. However, the Realme 2 Pro still ends up being notably and understandably more expensive than the Realme 1. As the Realme 2 does not provide the same level of performance, we are still waiting for a true successor. (Realme also launched the budget Realme C1 that aims to compete with the Xiaomi Redmi 6.)
Realme hasn’t revealed much about the brand’s upcoming Helio P70-powered device, except for stating that it will be launched later this year. This matches with MediaTek’s statement that Helio P70-powered devices would be arriving as soon as next month. A Helio P70-powered phone that slots in below the Realme 2 Pro would have a great value proposition on paper, so buyers interested in buying a budget or lower mid-range phone have a reason to wait a bit more.