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MediaTek's Helio P23 Chip Targets U.S. Mid-Range Phones

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Aug 29, 2017, 6:41 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @zeman_e

MediaTek today announced two new processors for mid-range handsets and one of them takes aim square at U.S.-bound smartphones. The Helio P23 system-on-a-chip is centered around eight ARM Cortex A53 cores clocked at 2.3 GHz that are enhanced by Mali G71 MP2 GPUs. The SoC can be paired with memory modules up to 6 GB. The P23 supports dual camera configurations, a feature that has become popular on high-end handsets and some mid-range phones. The P23 can handle two cameras up to 13 megapixels in color/color, color/mono or wide/telephoto configurations for effects such as bokeh, or a single camera at 24 megapixels. MediaTek says the P23 includes its new Imagiq 2.0 suite, which helps minimize grain, noise, aliasing, and chromatic aberrations. A revised camera control unit helps manage auto exposure speeds. On the connectivity front, the Helio P23 packs CAT 7/13 LTE and what MediaTek calls its 4G LTE WorldMode modem, a radio that can handle many of the world's LTE frequencies. Among them is support for 600 MHz, which is being deployed by T-Mobile. This means phone makers can bring affordable handsets with support for two cameras and T-Mobile's new LTE network to U.S. consumers. The P23 also includes GPS, GLONASS, Bluetooth, WiFi, and FM radios. Rounding out the feature set, the P23 offers MediaTek's CorePilot 4.0 technology to help manage thermals with power needs for efficient computing. The Helio P30, also announced today, has slightly higher specs than the P23 though it mainly targets China. MediaTek says the Helio P23 is sampling now and will be available in volume by the fourth quarter. It expects to see handsets with the Helio P23 inside during the early months of 2018.


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