Mediatek on Wednesday announced the launch of a new “Helio” branded system-on-chip (SoC) that seems to be directed at new mid-range smartphones that would sport a dual camera set up. Built on a 16nm process, the SoC incorporates and octa core processor as well as its own image Signal Processor Imagiq. According to Mediatek, the new Helio P25 is an upgrade over the existing Helio P10 and P20 SoCs. The first handsets with these new chips are expected to hit the market in this very quarter.
The new MediaTek Helio P25 gets a 12-bit dual ISP which offers support for a single 24-megapixel single camera or dual 13-megapixel cameras. However, you will likely see the chip on new dual camera phones expected to be released this year. The chip boasts support for Mono, de-noise, real-time shallow DoF bokeh effects, HDR videos, and high-performance auto exposure.
For graphics, the MediaTek Helio P25 uses an ARM Mali-T880 dual GPU clocked at up to 900MHz. The chip also promises 25 percent better power efficiency over previous chips.
Commenting on the announcement, Jeffrey Ju, Executive Vice President and Co-Chief Operating Officer at MediaTek said,
“MediaTek Helio P25 paves the way for high-resolution and feature-rich smartphone cameras that enable amazing static shots, 4K and 2K videos. Supporting two cameras up to 13-megapixels each, the MediaTek Helio P25 redefines expectations for mobile photography and our multimedia features like MediaTek MiraVision technology.”