MediaTek Helio P35 Is A Powerful Mid-Range Processor That Will Redefine The Budget Android Smartphone Segment?


The MediaTek Helio P35 chipset recently debuted in the Xiaomi Mi Play Android smartphone. MediaTek has designed the Helio P35 to bring several important features to affordable and budget Android smartphones.

Xiaomi launched an interesting and highly attractively priced Android smartphone. The Xiaomi Mi Play has several appealing features, but one stands out prominently. The MediaTek Helio P35 processor is quite a new entrant in the increasingly competitive smartphone market. MediaTek has designed the System on a Chip (SoC) to be powerful as well as efficient. Most importantly, the Helio P35 chipset is not a costly processor to embed. This in turn means smartphone makers can launch their devices with aggressive price points and design smartphones for the extremely price-conscious markets. Let’s look at the finer aspects of the MediaTek Helio P35 chipset that could soon work in new Android devices that are light on the pocket.

MediaTek Helio P35 Processor Specifications

The MediaTek Helio P35 processor uses TSMC 12nm FinFET production process. MediaTek assures the SoC delivers performance without taking a toll on the battery. The mobile processor has eight ARM Cortex A53 CPUs. The SoC can achieve a maximum clock speed of 2.3GHz. The chipset works with IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU clocked at 680MHz.

The processor can easily support Full HD+ displays with an aspect ratio of 20:9. Needless to mention, this processor could back a smartphone with near bezel-less screen. MediaTek has baked in almost all standard connectivity options in the Helio P35 processor, including dual-SIM 4G support with VoLTE/ ViLTE connections, GPS/ GLONASS/ Beidou/ Galileo, Bluetooth 5, and dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac.

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MediaTek’s own CorePilot technology ensures higher power efficiency factor and reliable performance. Interestingly, smartphone manufacturers can choose to deploy the prevalent and cheaper LPDDR3 RAM or opt for the higher bandwidth but slightly more expensive LPDDR4x RAM.

The MediaTek Helio P35 processor truly shines in the imaging department. The SoC allows up to a 25MP single sensor or dual 13MP+ 13MP camera modules that can jointly offer simulated Depth of Field, commonly known as the bokeh effect. The company has Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) paired with the Rolling Shutter Compensation (RSC). Together, the technologies compensate for the warped or ‘Jello’ effect that commonly occurs during shooting of fast-paced action sequences or during panning.

MediaTek Helio P35 Processor Features

The Helio P35 works to improve low-light performance, zoom technology, and multi-frame noise reduction for the cameras. Smartphones embedded with the new processor also gain from MediaTek’s Instant Auto Exposure (AE) and the Camera Control Unit (CCU). These technologies help faster-focusing exposure adjustment. The technologies truly come in handy during rapidly changing ambient light an environmental lighting.

Interestingly, the MediaTek Helio P35 processor also benefits from MediaTek’s NeuroPilot support for AI frameworks. The processor offers several Light AI-enhancements such as Face ID and Smart Photo Album.

The Xiaomi Mi Play surprisingly offers several of the features that the MediaTek Helio P35 processor supports. In other words, companies can easily unlock some powerful features in affordable or budget Android smartphones.