MediaTek MT6739 Launches in India, along with the Helio P23

The MediaTek MT6739 has made its debut at the India Mobile Congress 2017, New Delhi in India for entry-level and mid-level 4G handsets. Its notable new features include dual camera photography support, and a WorldMode LTE.Cat 4 modem. This System on Chip (SoC) is specifically built for the growing Indian 4G market. Along with this, the Taiwanese company has pledged to bring its flagship Helio P23 to the growing Indian flagship market.

Currently MediaTek devices are in a few devices in India, most notably some Xiaomi phones. The Xiaomi Redmi series is known for having two versions, a Snapdragon version and a MediaTek version. The MediaTek versions are usually slightly cheaper, but Snapdragon devices tend to have a large amount of custom ROMs on our forums as they are typically a much more open platform to develop for.


MediaTek MT6739

First, let’s deal with the specs.

  • CPU: 4x ARM Cortex-A53 up to 1.5GHz
  • Memory: LPDDR3 (Up to 3GB, 667MHz)
  • Storage: eMMC 5.1
  • Camera: 13MP, dual camera supported
  • Video Decoding: 1080p @ 30FPS, H.264/HEVC
  • Video Encoding: 1080p @ 30FPS, H.264
  • Graphics: IMG PowerVR GE8100 up to 570MHz
  • Display: 1440 x 720
  • Modem: 4G LTE Cat. 4 DL / Cat. 5 UL (FDD/TDD), CDMA2000, L+G, L+W/L+L DSDS, eMBMS, HPUE, 600MHz band supported
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, FM, GPS+Glonass / GPS+Beidou

The MT6739 is a 64-Bit ARM Cortex-A53 operating up to 1.5GHz. As can be seen from the specs above, the SoC is obviously for use in low-end, entry-level devices. The aim for MediaTek is to create powerful processors at affordable prices for sale in Indian devices. As we can see, it is clearly an entry-level processor with some pretty weak specifications, but that’s exactly the aim given it’s meant to be affordable.


MediaTek Helio P23

This is an older, mid-level processor that has not come to India in Indian mid-level phones quite yet.

  • CPU: 8x ARM Cortex-A53 up to 2.3GHz.
  • Memory: LPDDR3 (Single Channel) or LPDDR4x (LPDDR3: 933MHz; LPDDR4X: 1500MHz, LPDDR3 up to 4GB; LPDDR4X: 6GB)
  • Storage: eMMC 5.1
  • Camera: Up to 24MP, dual camera support.
  • Video Decoding: 1080p @ 30FPS, H.264
  • Video Encoding: 1080p @ 30FPS, H.264
  • Graphics: ARM Mali-G71 MP2 up to 770MHz
  • Display: 2160 x 1080
  • Modem: LTE Cat. 7/13 modem with support for 300Mbps down and 150Mbps up
  • Connectivity: multi-GNSS options (GPS/GLONASS or GPS/BeiDou), Bluetooth, FM radio and 802.11n Wi-Fi

With 64-Bit support, 8 ARM-53 Cores clocked at 2.3GHz, this is a more mid-range chip from MediaTek with some additional strengths over the MT6739.


It’s great to see an investment from MediaTek into the Indian phone market, decreasing costs and increasing competition within the market. As Xiaomi and competitors continue to grow in India, it may be that soon we will see devices come with either of these SoCs. Xiaomi’s MediaTek devices usually use the Helio X series, MediaTek’s flagship chips. Giving more options to manufacturers can only be a good thing.


Press Release from MediaTek