MediaTek launches Helio A chipset for affordable phones, takes on Snapdragon 400 series

MediaTek, which along with Qualcomm supplies most of the processors that go into smartphones nowadays, has launched a new Helio A series chipset. The Helio A series is meant to compete with Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processors that power many devices like the Xiaomi Redmi 5A. The Helio A series chipset from MediaTek will initially have one processor A22 in it, but gradually more processor may join it.

MediaTek already offers X series processors for high-end phones, and P series processors for mid-range phones. The Helio A series processors will mostly go into the sub-Rs 10,000 phones, and will have four-cores.

“The Helio A Series continues our vision of a mobile marketplace that is accessible to everyone, where high-end features are not limited to high-end devices,” said TL Lee, general manager of MediaTek’s Wireless Communication business unit at MediaTek. “With Helio A22, device makers can bring to market innovative devices that provide consumers unparalleled mobile experiences in the mid-range, including incredible performance, long battery life and advanced photography and AI enhancements.”

MediaTek said that the Helio A22 is manufactured using 12nm FinFET fabrication technology, which is not as advanced as the 10nm fabrication used by companies for the high-end processors like the Exynos 9810 and the Snapdragon 845 but seems decent enough.

It seems that MediaTek is focussing a lot on the battery life of the phone. “Equipped with MediaTek’s CorePilot technology, the chipset optimizes power for each task to extend device battery life, enabling users to do more with their devices for longer,” says a MediaTek spokesperson.

The Helio A22 also offers support for up to 13-megapixel plus 8 megapixels dual-camera setups at 30 frames per second (FPS) and “a single camera operating mode of up to 21 megapixels”. Phone makers can create large-screen phones as the Helio A22 supports 20:9 HD+ displays.