MediaTek Helio P60 Octa-Core 12nm processor with multi-core AI processing unit, Dual 4G VoLTE announced

MediaTek at the MWC 2018 unveiled Helio P60, the company’s latest processor for mid-range smartphones. The company says that it is the first SoC platform with a multi-core AI processing unit (mobile APU) and MediaTek’s NeuroPilot AI technology. It promises  70% CPU performance boost over the Helio P23 and Helio P30, in addition to a 70% GPU performance enhancement. It is based on 12nm TSMC’s FinFET technology. It features four ARM Cortex A73 2 GHz CPUs and four ARM Cortex A53 2 GHz CPUs in an Octa-Core big.LITTLE configuration.  It says that the P60 is up to 12% more efficient overall and up to 25% more power efficient in highly demanding games compared to P23. It has MediaTek’s CorePilot 4.0 technology, with thermal management, user experience monitoring and Energy Aware Scheduling (EAS). The NeuroPilot AI technology works seamlessly across CPU, GPU and Mobile APU within the SoC to maximize performance and energy efficiency. The MediaTek’s NeuroPilot SDK in P60 is compatible with Google Android Neural Networks API (Android NNAPI), and also supports common AI frameworks, including TensorFlow, TF Lite, Caffe, and Caffe2. The company is working on bringing ONNX support to the chipset in Q2 2018 to provide developers with even more flexibility …
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Entry-level LG Tribute Dynasty launched with octa-core CPU, 8MP camera

The LG Tribute Dynasty, user manual for which was spotted late last month, has been launched. The device is powered by a Mediatek SoC with octa-core CPU, and sports a 5-inch HD display. The device comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal memory. It features an 8MP main camera and a 5MP front shooter. The handset runs Android 7.1 Nougat and packs in a 2,500mAh battery. The Tribute Dynasty is now available for purchase in the US through Boost Mobile, which has it listed for $ 60, already down from the official $ 100 price tag (you can also save extra 10% if you use code 2018 at checkout)….

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Oppo A83 with octa-core CPU and 13MP camera clears TENAA

A new Oppo smartphone has been certified by China’s TENAA. Listed as Oppo A83, the device is powered by an SoC with an octa-core, 2.5GHz processor, and sports a 5.7-inch 1440 x 720 pixel display. RAM is 2GB, while internal memory is 16GB. The handset features a 13MP main camera and an 8MP front shooter. Measuring 150.5 x 73.1 x 7.7mm and weighing in at 143g, the phone packs in a 3,090mAh battery and runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Color options for the A83 include black and gold. No information on its pricing and availability yet. Source | Via

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2018 iPad Pro Rumored to Feature Octa-Core A11X with Neural Engine

A rumor that Apple will beef up the processing power on its devices next year shouldn’t come as a surprise. But, according to supply chain reports, that might include an upgraded A11 system-on-a-chip with two additional cores.

According to Taiwanese supply chain sources cited by MyDrivers, Apple is set to debut an A11X chipset in next year’s iPad Pro models. The A11X would add two additional processing cores to Apple’s next generation chip, bringing to the total from six to eight.

Of those eight cores, three of said to be high-performance cores internally dubbed “Monsoon,” but the remaining five would be energy-efficient cores called “Mistral,” according to the Chinese language online publication.

In addition to extra processing cores, the A11X would be produced with a new 7-nanometer manufacturing process developed by Apple supplier and chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC). For comparison, the current-generation A11 Bionic is created with a 10-nanometer process. While this is a bit of an oversimplification of the production process, in general, a smaller nanometer fabrication process will result in chips that are more powerful and more power-efficient.

It’s also worth noting, at this point, that supply chain rumors seem to indicate that Apple has tapped Samsung to be the sole producer of next-generation A12 chips for the 2018 iPhone lineup. While it’s still early, rumor has it that that chipset will also be made with a 7-nm process.

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As far as everything else we know about Apple’s next generation of iPad Pros, we’re already hearing quite a bit. For one, Apple will likely release successors to both its 12.9-inch and its newer 10.5-inch models. Apple is also expected to nix the Home button on the new tablets and replace fingerprint authentication with Face ID. Of course, this would mean that the rumored A11X chipset would also include a neural engine like the A11 Bionic does.

One thing that won’t change: the display. Because OLED panels are still incredibly costly, Apple is rumored to stick to LCD displays for its 2018 iPad lineup. But, without the Home button, analysts predict that Apple will adopt a new design with significantly reduced bezels — which could allow for thinner and lighter tablets.

Still, because of the lack of an OLED display, we shouldn’t expect a true edge-to-edge display akin to the iPhone X for next year’s iPad Pros. It’s much more likely that Apple will retain some bezel around the device, particularly near the top, to house the TrueDepth Camera system for Face ID. And yes, that means there probably won’t be a distinct and outstanding “notch” on the new iPad Pros. Instead, the sensor housing could be flush with the slim bezel surrounding the display, as you can see in our 2018 iPad Pro concept images.

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Apple A11X to arrive with octa-core CPU, rumor suggests

Apple announced its new chipset A11 Bionic in September along with the iPhone X and iPhone 8 duo. The company usually manufactures an X version of its latest chipset for new iPads, so in the spring we should expect the A11X. According to industry insiders, this will be the first Apple chipset with eight CPU cores and will be built on the TSMC 7nm technology process. The new octa-core CPU is expected to come with three powerful Monsoon cores and five efficient Mistral cores. It should start shipping in the first quarter next year, right in time for the iPad Pro 2018 series…

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Entry-level LG G Pad F2 8.0 launched with octa-core CPU, Android Nougat

LG has launched a new entry-level tablet in the US. Dubbed G Pad F2 8.0, the device is powered by MediaTek MT6750 SoC with octa-core 1.5GHz CPU, and sports an 8-inch WXGA (1280 x 800 pixels) display. RAM is 2GB, while internal memory is 16GB. The device features a 5MP rear as well as front camera. Weighing in at around 350g, the tablet runs Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box. A 3,000mAh battery provides the power. The G Pad F2 8.0 also comes with an optional extended battery of 4,400mAh, bringing the total capacity to 7,400mAh. It features stereo speakers, and full-size USB port….

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Meizu M6 arrives with octa-core CPU, 5.2-inch display

As scheduled, the Meizu M6 went official today. The device is powered by Mediatek MT6750 SoC with octa-core 1.5Ghz processor and sports a 5.2-inch HD display. RAM options include 2GB and 3GB, while storage options are 16GB and 32GB. The M6 features a 13MP camera on the rear and an 8MP shooter at the front. It runs Android 7.0 Nougat with Flyme 6.0 UI on top, and packs in a 3,070mAh battery. The handset measures 148.2×72.8×8.3mm and weighs in at 143g. There’s also a fingerprint sensor on the front, capable of unlocking in 0.2s. Color options include Moonlight Silver, Champagne…

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BLU S1 leaks with octa-core CPU and 13MP camera, coming to Sprint

A new BLU smartphone has leaked. Dubbed S1, the device is listed on Sprint’s coverage website, strongly indicating it will be made official soon. This would also make the S1 the first BLU device to work on Sprint. While Sprint doesn’t reveal anything about the S1 at the moment, the phone’s listing on Best Cellular’s website gives away almost everything, including images, specifications, and pricing. Specs-wise, the handset is powered by Mediatek’s MTK6750 SoC, and sports a 5.2-inch HD display. RAM is 2GB, while internal memory is 16GB. The camera department is handled by a 13MP rear…

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Oppo A71 quietly launched with octa-core CPU, 13MP camera

Oppo has quietly updated its A series of smartphones with a new device. Dubbed Oppo A71, the phone is listed on the Chinese company’s Pakistan and Malaysia websites. The handset is powered by Mediatek’s MT6750 SoC with octa-core 1.5GHz processor and Mali-T860 MP2 GPU. The A71 sports a 5.2-inch HD display, and comes with 3GB RAM and 16GB internal memory. The device features a 13MP main camera and a 5MP shooter on the front. Measuring 148.1×73.8 x7.6mm and weighing in at 137g, the phone packs in a 3,000mAh battery. The device is currently available for purchase in Malaysia….

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ZTE V0721 gets TENAA certified with octa-core CPU, could be a V7 Lite successor

A new ZTE smartphone has been certified by China’s TENAA. Listed as V0721, the device is powered by an SoC with octa-core, 1.3GHz processor, and sports a 5.2-inch Full HD display. RAM is 3GB, while internal memory is 32GB. The camera department features a 13MP rear unit and a 5MP front shooter. There’s a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor as well. The phone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow and packs in a 2,540mAh battery. Size-wise, the phone measures 146.1 x 72.6 x 8.25mm and weighs in at 138g. Color options include silver gray and gold. It’s worth mentioning that the Blade V7 Lite…

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