As was already known, Mediatek held a press conference today to release their new Helio G90 series chipsets that focus on gaming performance and promise great value for upcoming gaming smartphones. There are currently two chipsets under the G-series, the G90 and G90T and we can expect devices equipped with these by the end of the year. Now, don’t expect Snapdragon 855+ performance, but if priced correctly, Mediatek’s offering can pose a serious threat for devices equipped with Snapdragon 710 or maybe even Snapdragon 730.
Both the Helio G90 and G90T come in an octa-core configuration that consists of two ARM Cortex-A76 and 6 ARM Cortex-A5 cores. On the GPU side, they will come with ARM Mali-G76 3EEMC4 clocked at 720Mhz and 800Mhz respectively. Devices equipped with the Helio G90 series processor can support up to four cameras, 8GB respectively 10GB of RAM and FullHD+ screens. The G90T can also support screens with a 90Hz refresh rate.
|Specifications||MediaTek Helio G90||MediaTek Helio G90T|
|CPU||2x ARM Cortex-A76 up to 2GHz +|
6x ARM Cortex-A55 up to 2GHz
|2x ARM Cortex-A76 up to 2.05GHz +|
6X ARM Cortex-A55 up to 2GHz
|GPU||ARM Mali-G76 3EEMC4 up to 720MHz||ARM Mali-G76 3EEMC4 up to 800MHz|
|AI||2x MediaTek APU up to 750MHz||2x MediaTek APU up to 750MHz|
|Memory||LPDDR4x up to 8GB, 2133MHz (4,266 GT/s effective)||LPDDR4x up to 10GB, 2133MHz (4,266 GT/s effective)|
|Cameras||3x ISP||3x ISP|
|48MP @30fps||64MP @22.5fps|
|24+16MP @30fps||24+16MP @30fps|
|Voice Wakeup||Single wakeup word||Dual wakeup word|
|Storage||UFS 2.1; eMMC 5.1||UFS 2.1; eMMC 5.1|
|Display||Up to 2400 x 1080, Full HD+, 21:9||Up to 2400 x 1080, Full HD+, 21:9|
|Display Refresh Rate||60Hz||Up to 90Hz|
|Modem||4G LTE Cat-12 (DL) / Cat-13 (UL) (FDD/TDD), 4×4 MIMO, 3CA, 256QAM, HUPE, IMS (VoLTE/ViLTE/WFC), eMBMS, Dual 4G VoLTE (DSDS), Global Bands, TAS 2.0||4G LTE Cat-12 (DL) / Cat-13 (UL) (FDD/TDD), 4×4 MIMO, 3CA, 256QAM, HUPE, IMS (VoLTE/ViLTE/WFC), eMBMS, Dual 4G VoLTE (DSDS), Global Bands, TAS 2.0|
Along with the Helio G90 series, Mediatek also unveiled HyperEngine Game Technology, a series of engines that promises better gaming performance. Among the features are intelligent network switching, the ability to connect to two frequency Wi-Fis simultaneously and visual enhancing using HDR. Below are a full list of engines and their features.
* Intelligent Network Prediction Engine – The capability to detect network signal and performance degrading and automatically switching to the best one available (mobile data or Wi-Fi)
* Dual Wi-Fi Connections – Connects to two bands simultaneously
* Call & Data Concurrency – Allows mobile data to remain active when there is an incoming call
* Rapid Response Engine – Accurate & lag-free touchscreen input
* Brilliant Picture Quality – Enhance image quality to offer vivid colors and HDR picture quality
* Intelligent Performance Control – Reliably fluid, high-performance gaming
We expect to see quite an influx of gaming-centric smartphone (and possible tablets as well) in the near future which may offer great performance on a relatively low budget. Mediatek so far has not been able to produce any chipset that is capable of directly competing with Snapdragon’s top offering, but it does put on a good fight in the mid-range market.