MediaTek Helio P90 is official with Google Lens and ARCore support

Less than two months after the Helio P70 introduction, MediaTek launched the successor Helio P90 with better AI and even faster CPU. The new SoC comes with Google Lens and ARCore support, as well as a second generation of the MediaTek APU for more accurate AI. It is built on the TSMC 12 nm FinFET process and should hit devices in Q1 2019.

Helio P90
Helio P70
TSMC 12 nm FinFET
TSMC 12 nm FinFET
2x Cortex-A75 @ 2.2 GHz
6x Cortex-A55 @ 2GHz

4x Cortex-A73 @ 2.1 GHz
4x Cortex-A53 @ 2.0 GHz
IMG PowerVR GM 9446 @ 970 MHz
ARM Mali-G72 MP3 @ 900 MHz
24+16MP / 48MP @ 30fps
24+16MP / 32MP @ 30fps
2520 x 1080 (Full HD+) at 21:9
2400 x 1080 (Full HD+) at 20:9
Cat 12 DL / Cat 13 UL, 44 MIMO, 3CA, 256QAM
Cat 12 DL / Cat 13 UL, 44 MIMO, 3CA, 256QAM
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0
Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.2

All the key power units are improved, compared to the Helio P70 predecessor. While the CPU cluster is different and aimed at better power optimization, the camera capabilities have improved significantly.

While a 48 MP camera sensor in a midranger is highly unlikely, TL Lee, General Manager at MediaTek, said that the important updates are the support for 480 fps slow-mo videos and triple ISP for RAW images and better AI shots in a low-light environment.

The GPU is completely new in the Helio P90 – IMG PowerVR GM9446 at 970 MHz that should bring 15% improvement over the Mali-G72 MP3 used in the Helio P60 and Helio P70.

The new platform implements AR and MR acceleration, while developers can introduce applications using common frameworks such as TensorFlow, TF Lite, Caffe and Caffe2, based on MediaTeks NeuroPilot SDK, thanks to the partnership between the chipset company and Google.