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MediaTek announces Helio P22, the first mid-range chipset built on a 12nm process

MediaTek has unveiled a new SoC today, the Helio P22. This is the first mid-range chipset to be built on a 12nm process, specifically TSMC’s FinFET.

It boasts an octa-core CPU with Cortex-A53 cores clocked at up to 2 GHz. The P22 supports dual main cameras of resolutions up to 13 MP + 8 MP, with 30fps video recording. It has a low-power, “highly capable hardware depth engine for real-time Bokeh preview”.

Screens with resolutions up to 1,600×720 are supported, with a maximum aspect ratio of 20:9. Dual-SIM functionality is built-in, with LTE connectivity on both. There’s also 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, and GLONASS.

It’s 2018 so “AI” couldn’t miss from a press release about an SoC, of course. The P22 “offers the benefits of AI-accelerated experiences”, MediaTek says. That’s achieved through support for common AI frameworks such as TensorFlow, TF Lite, Caffe and Caffe2, as well as “an auto-select function for the best available AI resource for developer efficiency”, whatever that means.

You also get “AI accelerated camera experiences including Face ID” (isn’t that a trademark?), “smart photo album”, and “single-camera as well as dual-camera depth of field features”.

The Helio P22 is in volume production already, and is expected to be available in consumer devices by the end of June.

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