MediaTek Introducing Helio P23 and Helio P30 Dual-LTE Capable Chipsets
For most smartphone customers, the type of chipset inside our device isn’t really very interesting. As long as it does what we want, and our device is smooth and responsive, it’s all good. Chipset and device designers know this, but marketing departments sometimes push meaningless specification numbers towards customers. However, Chinese chipset designer, MediaTek, have introduced two new mid-range chips that will give marketing departments something to crow about. Let’s take a look.
There are many smartphone chipset manufacturers in 2017, but one of the better known designers for mid-range chips is MediaTek. MediaTek have just announced two new mid-range chipsets, the Helio P23 and Helio P30. Both use an octa-core, big.LITTLE ARM Cortex-A53 CPU, clocked at up to 2.3 GHz. The Helio P23 uses a slower GPU and a less capable camera sensor compared with the Helio P30. MediaTek have polished the Helio P30’s video decode / encode performance and given the chip their 500 MHz Tensilica DSP (digital signal processor), designed for image processing – but at first the Helio P30 won’t be available outside of China.
Both new chipsets come with a new LTE Category 7/13 modem, which supports a maximum download speed of 300 Mbps and up to 150 Mbps upload speed. The new MediaTek modem features improved LTE carrier aggregation and support for more LTE bands than before, which is good news for manufacturers who should be able to make one version of a device for all corners of the world.
So far, so good: MediaTek has two new mid-range chips with worldwide LTE support. One is better at handling media compared with the other. And if MediaTek had left things here, I probably wouldn’t be writing this story. But there’s one more thing… MediaTek are introducing dual LTE standby with these new chips. Dual-LTE support is an important upgrade for a few reasons. LTE, and VoLTE, is very efficient from a carrier perspective. This means better service for customers, including better audio quality and higher data speeds.
Before the new MediaTek Helio chips, dual SIM smartphones only allowed one SIM card to connect via LTE. The other SIM could provide either 2G-only (such as the Wileyfox Swift 2), or 2G / 3G (the OnePlus 5). The MediaTek Helio P23 and Helio P30 might seem like incremental upgrades to existing chips, but the adoption of dual-LTE support may give MediaTek a technological jump on many competitors.