MediaTek is expanding its “New Premium” range of mobile application chipsets — somewhere above the mid-range, but below the new $1,000 benchmark of flagships — with the debut of the Helio P70.

Though it uses some older ARM Cortex core designs, the P70 puts many transistors down with a 12nm die and pumps the speed up: four A73 units at a maximum of 2.1GHz and four A53 units with a top of 2GHz. The stock Mali-G72 MP3 is included as well as a dual-core artificial intelligence processing unit — the big feature it powers is the advanced streaming video encoder. Optimizations for certain games have generated a 7 percent performance bump with a 35 percent drop in power use against the Helio P60.

The integrated modem brings up to 300Mbps downlink and 150Mbps uplink with support for Wi-Fi ac and Bluetooth 4.2. It works with the latest emphasized network technologies such as 600MHz support for T-Mobile and HPUE for Sprint.

The Image Signal Processor can handle a single 32-megapixel camera or a dual-system comprised of a 24-megapixel sensor and a 16-megapixel sensor. Two assistive engines help with electronic image stabilization for video recording and contrast blow-out relief while taking load and power consumption off the core ISP.

The Helio P70 is going through volume production right now and will have commercial integrations by November.

Jules Wang is News Editor for Pocketnow and one of the hosts of the Pocketnow Weekly Podcast. He came onto the team in 2014 as an intern editing and producing videos and the podcast while he was studying journalism at Emerson College. He graduated the year after and entered into his current position at Pocketnow, full-time.

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