MediaTek Helio P90 is Official with Better AI and Even Faster CPU

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“The Helio P90 gives device makers the ability to offer outstanding camera features, battery life, performance and top of the line AI capabilities, while making devices accessible to mass-market consumers. The MediaTek Helio P90 is an AI processing powerhouse with ultra-fast performance and a host of AI-powered imaging improvements. This chip will reset consumer expectations of what a smartphone can do, and usher in a new era of super high-resolution smartphone photography to the market.”

_says TL Lee, General Manager of MediaTek’s Wireless Communication business unit.

The MediaTek Helio P90 is an octa-core SoC with Cortex-A75 and Cortex-A55 cores which features APU 2.0, MediaTek’s new generation AI architecture. It has three image signal processors. MediaTek on Thursday announced the launch of the Helio P90 system-on-chip (SoC), which it claims features an enhanced AI engine capable of delivering an AI experience four times more powerful than the Helio P70 and Helio P60 chipsets.

All the key power units are improved in the Helio P90, compared to the Helio P70 predecessor. While the CPU cluster is different and aimed at better power optimization improving camera capabilities 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 MediaTek Helio P90 SoC featuring three image signal processors (ISPs) supports up to 48-megapixel single cameras, or 24+16-megapixel dual cameras. The ISP AI engine can accurately detect faces and scenes in real-time under low light and motion conditions, MediaTek claims. The SoC supports dual-SIM dual VoLTE, 2×2 Wi-Fi 802.11ac, and Bluetooth 5.0 as connectivity options.

The MediaTek Helio P90 is expected to appear in phones in the first half of 2019. MediaTek also confirmed that it was in talks with a U.S. mobile brand about using the P90, but negotiations were still ongoing at the time. It supports Google Lens, deep-learning facial detection, real-time beautification, object and scene identification, artificial reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) acceleration plus other real-time enhancements for photos and videos.

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