After a long absence, MediaTek has returned to the powerful chipset market. And it’s making a comeback with the Helio G90T, a gaming-focused smartphone processor. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro will be the first smartphone to feature the new processor. But it’s not alone: Qualcomm recently announced the Snapdragon 730G, a mid-range processor designed exclusively for gamers. It’s the most outstanding Qualcomm chipset just below the Snapdragon 8xx series. Given that these two chipsets are about to hit the market, and since they are currently the only mobile CPUs with a G in their name designed for gamers, we decided to do a detailed comparison to see which one will deliver the best gaming experience.
Qualcomm and MediaTek’s history with powerful SoCs
Qualcomm is the market leader in smartphone chipsets right now. Qualcomm’s high-end Snapdragon 8xx series chipsets power the greatest Android flagships on the market. After releasing the Helio X30 in 2017, MediaTek was forced to abandon the high-end mobile processor category due to Qualcomm’s dominance. It’s currently trying to make a comeback with the Helio G90T. As a result, it has to deal with a lot of bias and is at a disadvantage compared to Qualcomm.
MediaTek Helio G90T vs Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G Specs Comparison
|MediaTek Helio G90T||Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G|
|CPU||octa-core – 4x ARM Cortex A55, Clock frequency: up to 2.05 GHz +4x Cortex A76, Clock frequency: up to 2.05 GHz – 12 nm, 64 bit
|octa-core – 8x Kryo 470(2 x Kryo 470 Gold – Cortex A76
Clock frequency: Up to 2.2 GHz
6 x Kryo 470 Silver – Cortex A55
Clock frequency: Up to 1.8 GHz)
8 nm, 64 bit
|GPU||Mali G76 3EEMC4 800 MHz||Adreno 618|
|Camera||Up to 24 + 16 MP dual cameras
Up to 64 MP single camera
|Up to 192 MP single camera
Up to 22 MP dual cameras
|Video features||Up to 4K Ultra HD at 30 fps||Up to 4K Ultra HD at 30 fps (video recording)
Up to 4K Ultra HD (video playback)
|Display||Up to Full HD+||Up to Quad HD 3360 x 1440 pixels|
Cellular Modem: LTE Cat.12 Download, Cat.13 Upload
Cellular Modem: Snapdragon X15 LTE, up to 800 Mbps, upload speed up to 150 Mbps
|Memory||Up to 10 GB, dual-channel LPDDR4X at 2133 MHz
eMMC 5.1 / UFS 2.1 internal storage
|Location||GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo||GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS|
|Battery Charging||Fast battery charging||Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+|
Helio G90T vs Snapdragon 730G: Benchmark scores
According to leaked AnTuTu testing, the MediaTek Helio G90T scored 281,033 points overall. That’s incredible, and it’s on par with flagship chipsets. Furthermore, it is a far superior performance to the Snapdragon 730G, which only scored 220,000 points. This does not, however, imply that the Helio G90T will be better at gaming.
The Snapdragon 730G’s Adreno 618 GPU scored 66,398 points on AnTuTu, whereas the Helio G90T scored 79,755 points: we have the explanation. According to benchmarks, the Helio G90T outperforms its competition, even in terms of graphic performance. Also, the Snapdragon 730G already outperforms the Snapdragon 710 in terms of graphics performance by 15%! Despite being extremely powerful and gaming-focused chipsets, the Snapdragon 730G and Helio G90T are still considered mid-range processors. With Snapdragon SoCs from the new 800 series, you can receive higher performance in gaming, everyday use, and multitasking.
Power efficiency: will the battery last longer?
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G is manufactured using an 8 nm technology, which is a particularly energy-efficient manufacturing technique. As a result, it will be a very efficient SoC, allowing batteries to last longer on a single charge. The MediaTek Helio G90T, on the other hand, is made in a 12 nm technology, which isn’t the most efficient. So, while the Helio G90T will deliver incredible results, it will be inefficient.
According to Redmi’s Lu Weibing, the Helio G90T is about 10% less power efficient than the Snapdragon 710. That is why Xiaomi equipped the Redmi Note 8 Pro with a larger battery.