The MediaTek logo as seen at Mobile World Congress 2018.

Taiwan-based MediaTek historically performs second fiddle to silicon rival Qualcomm, however the firm’s cell chips are in scores of telephones all over the world. Figuring out the naming conventions and capabilities of those MediaTek processors generally is a little daunting although.

Don’t fret although, as our MediaTek chipset information tries to interrupt issues down for you. Read on for all the data you’ll want on MediaTek processors.

Premium: MediaTek 5G chipsets

MediaTek Dimensity 5G chipset.

MediaTek joined the 5G smartphone race in late 2019 when it took the wraps off the Dimensity 1000 processor. This marks the primary flagship MediaTek chipset since 2017’s ill-fated Helio X sequence, and it’s the latest one on this information.

The chipset stands out from most different 5G processors by provided an built-in 5G modem, supporting sub-6Ghz networks and 5G+5G dual-SIM too. It doesn’t supply mmWave help although, which implies it’s not supreme for some carriers within the US and Japan.

  MediaTek Dimensity 1000/1000L MediaTek Dimensity 800
CPU 4x Cortex-A77
4x Cortex-A55
4x Cortex-A76
4x Cortex-A55
GPU Arm Mali-G77 MP9 Arm Mali-G77 MP4
Modem Helio M70 5G
four.7Gbps obtain, 2.5Gbps add
Helio M70 5G
three.5Gbps obtain
1.25Gbps add
Camera 80MP single
32MP+16MP twin
64MP single
32MP+16MP twin
Machine studying APU three.zero
six cores
APU three.zero
4 cores
Process 7nm 7nm

The Dimensity 1000 is not any slouch in most different areas although, providing a robust octa-core CPU structure that includes 4 Cortex-A77 cores and 4 Cortex-A55 cores. And this setup means CPU efficiency must be in the identical ballpark because the Snapdragon 865, and theoretically higher than the Kirin 990.

MediaTek’s GPU is extra modest although, that includes the identical Mali-G77 graphics because the Samsung Exynos 990 seen within the Galaxy S20 sequence. However, the MediaTek silicon doesn’t have as many graphics cores because the Exynos chipset, which implies it must be much less highly effective than Samsung’s GPU in principle.

The Dimensity 1000 appears to ship a ton of CPU energy, however we anticipate it to lose out to rivals by way of graphics efficiency and a few digicam options.

MediaTek was the primary chipset designer to convey devoted machine studying silicon to the mid-tier, and it’s persevering with the ML push with the Dimensity 1000. The new processor sports activities a six-core APU to higher handle machine studying, divided into two heavy cores, three medium cores, and one gentle core.

Photography efficiency isn’t fairly as spectacular because the Snapdragon 865, however you’re nonetheless getting help for 80MP cameras (with multi-frame processing), 5 rear cameras, and 4K/60fps video. Don’t anticipate 8K recording or 108MP digicam help simply but — a bit disappointing when each Samsung and Qualcomm’s greatest silicon help these options.

Otherwise, the Dimensity 1000 additionally affords Bluetooth 5.1, Wi-Fi 6, 90Hz refresh charges at QHD+, 120Hz at FHD+, and help for Google’s AV1 codec. The flagship processor can be joined by the Dimensity 1000L, which differs from the principle SoC by providing decrease clock speeds, in keeping with MediaTek.

MediaTek 5G chipset.

This isn’t the one MediaTek 5G chipset although, because the agency additionally launched the Dimensity 800 earlier this yr. The new processor is sort of highly effective on paper, that includes 4 Cortex-A76 CPU cores and 4 light-weight Cortex-A55 cores. This is a departure from arch-rival Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765 sequence, which options two Cortex-A76 cores (plus six A55 cores).

Other noteworthy options embrace a Mali-G77 MP4 GPU, the Dimensity 1000’s Helio M70 5G modem (meaning no mmWave), 90Hz help, a four-core APU for machine studying, and as much as 64MP single-camera seize with multi-frame processing.

Unfortunately, MediaTek’s 5G processors haven’t seen the identical degree of adoption as Qualcomm’s 5G chipsets. That’s an actual disgrace, particularly when the Snapdragon 865 is reportedly costlier than the Snapdragon 855 and Dimensity 1000. But hopefully extra OEMs undertake the silicon as the value of Snapdragon 865 telephones continues to remain excessive.

Notable telephones


The MediaTek Helio P90 chipset.

MediaTek’s bread and butter isn’t in flagships although, because it’s a significant participant in mid-range segments and under. But its mid-range phase has been shaken up considerably because of the arrival of a brand new chipset household.

MediaTek Helio G

mediatek helio g90 1MediaTek

The MediaTek Helio G sequence is the most recent household of chips within the model’s arsenal, specializing in gaming and pure efficiency usually. All of those chips sport the agency’s HyperEngine know-how for smoother gaming efficiency.

The Helio G90 and G90T had been the primary chips within the sequence and on the high of the totem pole, packing an octa-core CPU (two Cortex-A76 cores plus six Cortex-A55 cores) and Mali-G76 quad-core graphics. This means you’ll be able to anticipate nice system and gaming efficiency on paper.

  MediaTek Helio G90/T MediaTek Helio G70/80
CPU 2x Cortex-A76
6x Cortex-A55
2x Cortex-A75
6x Cortex-A55
GPU Mali-G76 3EEMC4 Mali-G52 MC2
AI APU 2.zero N/A
Camera 64MP single
24MP+16MP twin
48MP single
16MP+16MP twin
Connectivity Cat-12 LTE
Up to 1Gbps downlink
Cat-7 LTE
Up to 300Mbps downlink

In reality, our personal testing revealed that the G90T-equipped Redmi Note eight Pro edged out the Snapdragon 730-toting Redmi Ok20 in benchmarks. So players on a price range and people on the hunt for a clean expertise usually ought to keep watch over this processor.

Other Helio G90 sequence specs embrace 12nm designs, simultaneous 2.4Ghz/5Ghz WiFi connections, as much as 10GB of RAM, 64MP digicam help, and an APU for machine studying.

The agency additionally launched the Helio G70 and G80 earlier this yr, and whereas they’re not as highly effective because the G90 sequence, they nonetheless appear to supply class-leading efficiency. The two processors supply octa-core CPUs (two Cortex-A75 cores and 6 Cortex-A55 cores), Mali-G52 MC2 graphics, and help for 48MP cameras.

Best of all, the G70 has discovered its means into the ~$100 Realme C3, making it fairly presumably essentially the most highly effective telephone at this price-tier. So these in search of a speedy expertise on this value phase ought to positively contemplate telephones with the G70 or G80 processor.

Notable telephones

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note eight Pro
  • Realme 6
  • Realme 6i
  • Realme C3

Helio P sequence

MediaTek’s mid-range to price range tier Helio P sequence has been round for ages, courting again to 2016’s Helio P10. And essentially the most succesful members of this household proper now are the Helio P90 and P95.

The P95 is basically a light improve to the P90 that we first noticed on the finish of 2018, and we actually do stress the time period “mild.” The two processors share the identical octa-core CPU design (two Cortex-A75 and 6 Cortex-A55 cores), the identical PowerVR GM 9446 GPU, and the identical digicam capabilities. In the case of the latter, meaning 64MP sensor help, multi-frame noise discount, and 4K recording.

In reality, the one main distinction we will inform between the 2 chipsets is that the P95 now sports activities the corporate’s HyperEngine gaming enhancements. Either means, the processors additionally sport spectacular machine studying , corresponding to an APU, and a devoted AI Accelerator.

The Helio P65 is subsequent on the totem-pole, and it’s actually a cross between the P9X sequence and the Helio G70/G80. That means a comparatively highly effective octa-core CPU (two Cortex-A75 cores and 6 Cortex-A55 cores), budget-tier Mali-G52 MC2 graphics, Bluetooth 5, and 48MP digicam help.

Probably the most important draw back, nonetheless, is that the processor lacks devoted AI silicon. So machine studying duties (e.g. picture recognition, machine imaginative and prescient, face recognition/unlock) will eat extra juice than on the beforehand talked about SoCs.

  Helio P95 Helio P90 Helio P60/P70 Helio P65
CPU 2x Cortex-A75
6x Cortex-A55
2x Cortex-A75
6x Cortex-A55
4x Cortex-A73
4x Cortex-A53
2x Cortex-A75
6x Cortex-A55
GPU IMG PowerVR GM 9446 IMG PowerVR GM 9446 Mali-G72 MP3 Arm Mali-G52 MC2
Camera 64MP single
24MP+16MP twin
64MP single
24MP+16MP twin
32MP single
24MP+16MP twin (P60)
20MP+16MP twin (P70)
48MP snapshot (P70)

16 + 20 MP twin
or 32 MP single

48MP single
16MP+16MP twin
Machine studying APU 2.zero APU 2.zero APU 1.zero N/A
Process 12nm 12nm 12nm 12nm

MediaTek’s P60 and P70 are older and rather less succesful than the Helio P65 in some ways. These chips supply older CPU cores, the Mali-G72 MP3 GPU, and Bluetooth four.2. Furthermore, the Helio P60 and P70 solely have primary help for 48MP cameras, so you’ll be able to’t anticipate multi-frame processing at this decision.

The P60 and P70 have one ace up their sleeve although, and that’s devoted AI silicon. So anticipate duties like face unlock, AI-powered pictures, and different ML-related actions to be extra environment friendly right here. As for particular variations between the P60 and P70, the P70 merely has barely quicker CPU and GPU clock speeds, in addition to a barely extra environment friendly AI processor.

In any occasion, the P60 and P70 are older chips proper now, so the Helio G90 and Helio P90 sequence ought to ship smoother system and gaming efficiency.

Notable telephones

  • Motorola One Macro
  • Nokia 5.1 Plus
  • Oppo Reno 2Z
  • Samsung Galaxy A41

MediaTek’s low-end processors

Motorola Moto E6 Plus in hand profile

The Taiwanese silicon designer has a popularity for delivering low-end chips for entry-level telephones. It’s slowed down on this regard over time in favor of the mid-range phase, nevertheless it nonetheless has a notable presence on the ~$100 tier.

MediaTek’s most succesful low-end chips are the Helio P35, Helio P22, and Helio A25. All three processors sport octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU cores (no heavy lifting right here), PowerVR GE8320 graphics, and environment friendly, 12nm designs. Camera capabilities are fairly modest too, with not one of the chipsets supporting greater than 25MP shooters at greatest (nevermind 48MP).

  Helio P35 Helio P22 Helio A25 Helio A22 Helio A20
CPU 8x Cortex-A53 8x Cortex-A53 8x Cortex-A53 4x Cortex-A53 4x Cortex-A53
GPU IMG PowerVR GE8320 IMG PowerVR GE8320 IMG PowerVR GE8320 IMG PowerVR GE8320 IMG PowerVR GE8300
Camera 25MP single
13MP+13MP twin
21MP single
13MP+8MP twin
16MP single
13MP+5MP twin
21MP single
13MP+8MP twin
16MP single
13MP+5MP twin
Process 12nm 12nm 12nm 12nm 12nm

Thought these processors had been gentle on options and energy? Then the Helio A22 and A20 would possibly shock you, slicing the CPU core depend in half to only a quad-core Cortex-A53 setup. That means lag in system menus and the digicam app isn’t out of the query in any respect.

These lowest of the low-end processors additionally supply related entry-level PowerVR GPUs, show resolutions topping out at HD+, and modest digicam credentials. But on the plus facet, you’re getting Bluetooth 5 capabilities.

Notable telephones

  • Huawei Y6S
  • Xiaomi Mi Play
  • Motorola Moto E6 Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy A10s

That’s about it for our MediaTek chipset information! We’ll be updating this text periodically so as to add new chipsets from the Taiwanese silicon designer.

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