MediaTek, one of the leading processor manufacturers for mobile device chipsets, is expanding its newest generation processor family, Helio, by introducing the P series chips. The P10 is a slim, 8 core processor. What this means for mobile device manufacturers, is that they have a the new chip to work with for handsets that aren’t going to get an expensive 10 core processor, let alone an extreme performance 20 core processor like last month’s MediaTek announcement, the Helio X20. Whereas, the X20 has flagship written all over it, the P10 looks like it will be for future mid to upper range handsets.
With the introduction of the Helio P10, we see reduced processor power consumption thanks to a TSMC 28HPC+ process, and this chip is actually the first to make use of such process. When the Helio P10 is integrated into a handset, processor power can be reduced by up to 30%–although that doesn’t directly translat into 30% more battery life or overall power consumption, just processor power.
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