MediaTek is announcing a new line of processors to cater to the growing mid-range crowd, going head-to-head with Snapdragon’s widespread 400-series. Called the Helio A series, it currently has a single product on display: the A22.
The “A” in the series, if you’re wondering, stands for Advanced, and the series sure aims to bring as many of the features from top-tier smartphones as possible. Think features like facial recognition, face unlock, and neural networking APIs.
The Helio A22 itself isn’t too bad of a processor, at least on paper. It comes with four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 2 GHz and accompanied with an Imagination GE8320 GPU. It is built on a 12nm procedure, which isn’t bad for a mid-range processor.
The lack of flagship status shows in the display department, where support for only HD+ (or 1600 x 720) is available. Camera modules of up to 21 MP when in a single-lens configuration or two lenses of 13 and 8 MP are available.
Video recording options should top out at 1080p at 30fps, no 4K UHD or 1080p 60 fps here. For connectivity, you get Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi ac, alongside dual-SIM support, and Cat.7 4G LTE.
The price of A series phones should fall between $100 and $250. The phones featuring the A22 will likely arrive by the next year.
While MediaTek has struggled to break into the mainstream, for the most part, competing with the likes of Qualcomm, Samsung, and Apple, it’ll hope that the Helio A series brings a change in the tide.