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MediaTek bites at Qualcomm’s heels, but the US giant wins on AI and 5G

Qualcomm is used to being first across every line when it comes to new modem technologies, and there has certainly been a bright spotlight on its latest flagship, the Snapdragon 855. However, MediaTek, whose place in the smartphone market has weakened in the past couple of years, followed hard on its arch-rival’s heels, announcing its Helio P90 smartphone system-on-chip just a week after the 855 made its debut. Made in a 12nm node, the P90 runs on two ARM Cortex-75 cores running at up to 2.2 GHz and six A55 cores at 2 GHz. These specs are outshone by those of the 7nm Snapdragon 855, which uses four large cores, one running up to 2.84 GHz and three at 2.42…

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