Two months after the launch of the Helio P70, MediaTek announced the Helio P90 with many improvements in all areas, with particular emphasis on AI since there is support for Google Lens and ARCore.

We should say that Google’s ARCore is the platform for developing AR applications. In the AR world, application development platforms use the smartphone’s camera and gyroscope, and in combination with algorithms, make virtual objects look like part of the real world.

MediaTek’s new MediaTek processor features the second-generation MediaTek APU for even more advanced Artificial Intelligence functions, based on the 12nm FinFET architecture, and is expected to appear on the first devices in the first quarter of 2019. The improvements it brings to do with CPU and improved power management, camera enhancements, with MediaTek’s General Manager reporting that there will be support for slow-motion video at 480fps, triple ISP for RAW files and photo views with the help of AI in low light conditions.

In addition, the Helio P90’s GPU is IMG PowerVR GM 9446 at 970 MHz and is expected to perform 15% better than the Mali-G72 MP3 on the Helio P60 and Helio P70 while MediaTek’s collaboration with Google will allow developers develop applications through the TensorFlow, TF Lite, Caffe, and Caffe2 frameworks that will be based on MediaTek’s NeuroPilot SDK.

In the field of connectivity, the Helio P90 supports LTE Cat-12 with 4 × 4 MIMO, dual 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.0 and all Wi-Fi standards, and as mentioned we expect it to be available in the first quarter of 2019 while MediaTek will upgrade devices with Helio P60 and Helio P70 processors to be compatible with Google Lens and ARCore.