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MediaTek takes smartphone gaming seriously, 12 Nm Helio G70 and G80 chipsets.
The new affordable to mid-range SoCs will launch later this month in India albeit with no specific devices announced.
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In the summer of 2019
MediaTek announced the launch of the Helio G90 chipset for affordable gaming smartphones. Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro is one of the earliest smartphones equipped with Helio G90 or G90T, and it has only recently appeared. MediaTek is now ready to launch smaller Helio G70 and G80 chipsets, which are designed for more affordable gaming smartphones.
The eight-core G90, which uses two 2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 and six 2.0 GHz Cortex-A55 cores, the eight-core G70 and G80 will use two Cortex-A75 and 6x Cortex-A55 cores at lower clock rates, respectively. The GPU will also be downgraded from the Mali G76 MC4 on the G90 to the Mali G52 MC2 with lower LPDDR4x RAM. The end result may be better suited for a lower-resolution 1080p gaming smartphone than any QHD or 4K UHD model.
MediaTek releases Helio G80
Mid-range gaming phone chip: 8-core 12nm, GPU frequency 950MHz
Following the Helio G90 / G70, G80 is based on 12nm process and designed as 8 cores.
The G80 uses a 2 + 6 “Big.Little” design. The big core is two Cortex A75s with a frequency of 2GHz, and the small core is six A55s with a frequency of 1.8GHz.
GPU matches Mali-G52MC2, frequency is 950MHz, and the performance of the whole chip is close to Snapdragon 710.
In addition to supporting a maximum of 8GB LPDDR4X memory, the Helio G80 is also equipped with a “HyperEngine” game engine. One of its functions is to intelligently switch between LTE and Wi-Fi when it detects that the network connection is slow.
In addition, the G80 also supports voice wake-up, multi-camera, hardware-level electronic image stabilization, scroll compensation, etc., but does not integrate a separate APU (AI computing unit) like the G90.
MediaTek said that mobile phones equipped with G70 / G80 will be the first to be launched in India this month, further reducing the threshold for so-called gaming mobile phones, of which Realme C3 has determined to adopt Helio G70.
Helio G90 series chip comparison
The Helio G90 and G90T gaming chipsets last year. The company has now added new chipsets to its budget smartphone line. Helio G70 is said to power a budget-grade phone for about Rs 10,000.
The G90 series, the Helio G70 is a game-specific chipset. It is equipped with the company’s “HyperEngine” technology, which also appears in the Helio G90 chipset. MediaTek said HyperEngine technology can enhance the gaming experience by providing faster response between smartphones and cell towers. It also allows users to reject calls mid-game without interrupting the connection.
Helio G70 chipset can also better manage the CPU, GPU and memory. The chipset is also equipped with features to handle graphics-intensive games, and provides powerful features for longer game times.
The gaming chipset also has integrated wake-up voice (VoW), which minimizes the power consumption of voice assistants on smartphones. It also provides dedicated AI support for photography, such as Google Lens, smart albums, scene detection and bokeh functions.
In terms of specifications, MediaTek Helio G70 is equipped with eight ARM Cortex-A75 and Cortex-A55 cores. For graphics, the Helio G70 uses an Arm MAaliG52 GPU. The chipset supports dual cameras with up to 16MP + 16MP sensors or a single 48MP sensor. MediaTek Helio G70’s connectivity support includes dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.0 and FM radio.
There is no word on when the new MediaTek chipset will be launched on smartphones. But it is expected to power budget phones in the Rs 10,000 price range. Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 8 Pro uses MediaTek’s Helio G90T chipset, which starts at Rs 14,999 in India.