MediaTek’s new Helio P20 processor announced at MWC 2016


In Barcelona, MediaTek announced the latest addition to their family of Helio processors, the new Helio P20. The Helio P20 is the successor to the Helio P10 and offers 25 percent better power efficiency, can run at up to 2.3GHz speed on ARM Cortex A53 cores manufactured using a 16nm production process, and uses a Mali T800 high-end GPU to power graphics and video demands.

MediaTek indicates the Helio P20 will support data speeds up to 300/50Mbps and meets requirements for WorldMode LTE Cat.6. The chip also supports dual-SIM implementations and can support HD video content over LTE networks. The chip’s LPDDR4X memory only consumes 0.6v which helps keeps temps down and with improved throughput, helps speed up camera, video and gaming apps.

MediaTek also included their MediaTek Imagiq Image Signal Processor in the chip, a technology that comes over from their high-end Helio X20. This ISP helps reduce noise and is capable of capturing three times the amount of light as conventional Bayer + Bayer sensors. MediaTek’s solution is also capable of supporting dual phase-detection autofocus, which they say is four times faster than traditional autofocus technology.

The new Helio P20 should be available and showing up in consumer devices during the second half of 2016. Be sure to stick with TalkAndroid for more coverage of the news coming out of MWC 2016.

SPAIN, Barcelona – February 22, 2016 – MediaTek today announced the MediaTek Helio P20 system-on-chip, an ultra-power saving SoC and the latest addition to its top-tier MediaTek Helio family of mobile processors. The MediaTek Helio P20 brings new experiences to consumers and design freedom to device makers by combining impressive battery life, powerful performance and premium features for the next generation of smartphones.

Following on the breakthrough success of the MediaTek Helio P10, the MediaTek Helio P20 offers 25 percent better power efficiency. The P20 chipset is manufactured using 16nm process technology, and is the world’s first SoC to support low power double data rate random access memory – LPDDR4X.  In performance improvements, the SoC features upgraded CPU and GPU capabilities with its True Octa-Core architecture clocked up to 2.3GHz, taking full advantage of ARM Cortex A53 cores. The new Mali T880 graphics unit is clocked at a speedy 900MHz, perfect for demanding video and gaming apps, and is currently the highest end GPU offered by ARM.

“MediaTek designed the MediaTek Helio P20 to meet today’s consumer demand for sleek, powerful yet highly power efficient mobile devices,” said Jeffrey Ju, Executive Vice President and Co-Chief Operating Officer at MediaTek. “Consumers place increasing importance on the battery life and multimedia capabilities of their smartphones. MediaTek has risen to this challenge with a leading solution.”

MediaTek Helio P20 has several connectivity advantages. It is equipped with MediaTek’s latest modem technology supporting WorldMode LTE Cat.6 and 2×20 carrier aggregation at 300/50Mbps data speeds. The SoC supports global Dual-SIM Dual Standby for seamless connectivity wherever a user goes. For regions where GSM is no longer available, the SoC will have simultaneous standby on WCDMA network. Additionally, MediaTek Helio P20 supports LTE multimedia broadcast and multicast service. This allows mobile devices to receive HD video content over LTE.

For improved processing power and optimum battery performance, MediaTek Helio P20 integrates  LPDDR4X, providing 70 percent more bandwidth than the LPDDR3 and 50 percent power savings by lowering supply voltage to 0.6v, resulting in a quicker, smoother user experience for camera, video and gaming apps.

Another P20 highlight is the exclusive MediaTek Imagiq Image Signal Processor (ISP), which leverages the same design from MediaTek Helio X20, to improve camera ease-of-use and picture and video quality.  MediaTek Imagiq encompasses the latest ISP technologies to satisfy the most demanding smartphone photographers with features that include:  

  • Advanced 12bit Dual ISP supports Bayer and Mono sensors – elevates picture quality by effectively reducing noise and capturing three times more light than conventional Bayer + Bayer sensors
  • Dual phase-detection autofocus – achieves real-time auto focus that is four times faster than traditional autofocus systems
  • 3A HW engine upgrades for more natural, responsive and detailed photographs
  • Powerful multi-scale temporal de-noising technologies – renders videos and photography more accurately, with less noise, even in low light

The MediaTek Helio P20 is expected to be in commercial devices in the second half of 2016. More information can be found at

Partner quotes (in Alphabetical order):

Samsung Electronics, Chiwook Kim, Vice President, Memory Product Planning & Application Engineering Team said : “Samsung’s new 6GB LPDDR4X, based on 20nm 12Gb mobile DRAM technology, combined with MediaTek Helio P20 line-ups, will provide outstanding performance and power efficiency for  video and gaming apps that require advanced multimedia functionality. Through our collaboration with MediaTek, we expect to accelerate the adoption of leading-edge mobile memory solutions like 6GB LPDDR4X, while offering greater energy efficiency and slimmer designs to enhance the user experience.”

SK hynix, NH Park, Vice President and the head of DRAM Marketing Group said: “As the smartphone standard aims for the pinnacle point, the high-end segment has started to take on high-performance LPDDR4 memory from the first half of 2016. LPDDR4 shows off better performance and less power consumption in comparison to that of the LPDDR3. These advantages lead to longer-term usage and allow faster data transfers from mobile devices. Applying these new trends, SK hynix will provide enough performance and power efficiency called upon by the market demands in the high-end segment through the introduction of LPDDR4 this year with MediaTek’s collaboration for P20.” 


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Since 1997, MediaTek has been a pioneering fabless semiconductor company and a market leader in cutting-edge systems-on-chip (SoC) for mobile devices, wireless networking, HDTV, DVD and Blu-ray. Our tightly-integrated, innovative chip designs help manufacturers optimize supply chains, reduce the development time of new products, and extend a competitive edge in crowded markets. Through MediaTek Labs, the company is also building a developer hub that will support device creation, application development, and services for the Internet of Things era. By building technologies that help connect individuals to the world around them, MediaTek is enabling people to expand their horizons and more easily achieve their goals. We believe anyone can achieve something amazing. And we believe they can do it every single day. We call this idea Everyday Genius and it drives everything we do. Visit for more information.

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