July 11, 2020 7:28 AM
Helio G70 vs G80 vs G85 vs G90T

Helio G70 vs G80 vs G85 vs G90T Comparison: What’s the Difference?

Specifications comparison between MediaTek’s gaming processors

There was a time when MediaTek had all the answers when it came low priced chipsets. But the heating issues and constant lagging issues brought it down substantially. Taking opportunity on it, Snapdragon launched several competing chipsets and almost completely overpowered MediaTek. However, now MediaTek is making a comeback in the budget gaming processor segment, with the launch of G series processors. We currently have the Realme 6, Redmi Note 8 & 9 Pro running on the MediaTek Helio G90T, which offers a great gaming performance. Hardcore gaming on a budget is now a reality, all thanks to MediaTek. But the company did not stop there and now it has launched another three processors targeting a similar audience, by the names MediaTek Helio G70 and Helio G80 and Helio G85. So in this article, we will take a detailed look at the similarities and differences between them.

MediaTek Helio G70 vs G80 vs G85 vs G90T

CPU & Process

The lower one of the three, that is the Helio G70 comes with an octa-core with two high-performance Cortex-A75 cores clocked at 2 GHz, and six Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.7 GHz. With the Helio G80 and G85, we see a slight boost with two Cortex-A75 cores clocked at 2.0 GHz and six power-efficient Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.8 GHz. Moving on to the most powerful of the lot, the Helio G90T comes with two Cortex-A76 cores clocked at 2.05 GHz and six Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 2.0 GHz. All of these four processors are built on a 12nm manufacturing process.

cortex a76 vs a75
Cortex-A76 vs Cortex-A75

GPU

In terms of GPU, Helio G70, G80 and G85 have the Mali-G52 2EEMC2 graphics card, but we get different frequency rate. In the case of G80 and G85, the frequency is set at 950Mhz and 1GHz respectively. So, we see a 50MHz frequency increase in G85. On the other hand, Helio G70’s GPU has been set at a frequency of 820Mhz. The G90T overpowers all three of them here with the Mali-G76 (clocked at 800MHz), which is a high upgrade over the G52. In short, in the GPU department, the G90T leads the race with a margin, followed by the G85/ G80’s GPU which is just marginally ahead of G70’s GPU.

Mali G76 vs Mali G52
Mali-G52/ Mali-G76

Connectivity

The MediaTek Helio G90T can go as high as 600 Mbps for download speed and 150 Mbps for upload speed. On the other hand, the Helio G70, G80 and G85 have the same 4G modem, and all of them offer 300 Mbps download speed and 150 Mbps upload speed. Despite the difference in download speeds, everything else remains the same in all four processors. Other connectivity features also stay the same for all four of them, with Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi 5, Beidou, Galileo, Glonass, GPS, NFC and FM Radio.

Camera, Display and Storage

The G70, G80 and G85 are similar as in all of them there is support for 48MP 4-cell single lens or a 25MP traditional lens @30fps. They can even provide dual lens support of 16MP+16MP for both sides of the device. These processors are well capable of providing 2k video recording @30 fps or FHD recording @60 fps. The G90T, on the other hand, supports a single lens of 64MP @22.5 fps or a 48 MP single @30 fps. In terms of dual-lens setup, it supports upto a setup of 24MP+16MP sensors.

In terms of display, all of them are similar with support for upto FHD+. However, in terms of memory, the G90T goes ahead. Helio G70, G80 and G85 come with support for upto 8GB LPDDR4X RAM, whereas with the G90T we get the support of upto 10GB LPDDR4X RAM. There is similar support for storage with all of them supporting UFS 2.1 and even the traditional eMMC 5.1 storage.

Specifications Comparison Table

SoCHelio G70Helio G80/ G85Helio G90T
Process12nm12nm12nm
CPU2x Arm Cortex-A75 @2.0 GHz + 6x Arm Cortex-A55 @1.7 GHz2x Arm Cortex-A75 @2.0 GHz + 6x Arm Cortex-A55 @1.8 GHz2x ARM Cortex-A76 @2.05 GHz + 6x Arm Cortex-A55 @2.0 GHz
GPUMali-G52 2EEMC2 @820MHzG80: Mali-G52 MC2 @950MHz
G85: Mali-G52 MC2
@1GHz
Mali-G76 3EEMC4 @800 MHz
MemoryRAM: 8GB, LPDDR4X @1800MHz
Storage: UFS 2.1 / eMMC 5.1
RAM: 8GB, LPDDR4X @1800MHz
Storage: UFS 2.1 / eMMC 5.1
RAM: 10GB, LPDDR4X @2133MHz
Storage: UFS 2.1 / eMMC 5.1
CameraDual: 16MP+16MP; @30fps
Single: 48MP 4-cell
Dual: 16MP+16MP; @30fps
Single: 48MP 4-cell
Dual: 24MP+16MP; @30fps
Single: 64MP @22.5fps
DisplayFull HD+ (2520x1080p pixels)Full HD+ (2520x1080p pixels)Full HD+ (2520x1080p pixels)
ConnectivityLTE Cat-7 DL / Cat-13 UL
DL: 300Mbps
UL: 150Mbps
LTE Cat-7 DL / Cat-13 UL
DL: 300Mbps
UL: 150Mbps
Integrated 4G LTE Modem
DL: 600 Mbps
UL: 150 Mbps

Benchmarks

In Geekbench v5, the G90T powered Redmi Note 8 Pro scored 487 points in single-core and 1628 points in multi-core. Whereas in the single-core and multi-core test, the Helio G70 powered Realme C3 recorded a score of 348 points and 1260 points respectively. MediaTek Helio G80 powered Realme 6i has a single-core score of 348 points and a multi-core score of 1295 points. We do not have access to Helio G85’s Geeknech benchmark result at the moment.

Helio G70 G80 G85 G90T Antutu Scores

In terms of Antutu, we see the G90T on Redmi Note 8 Pro scoring almost 2,83,333 points, which is an extraordinary achievement for a mid-range chipset whereas Helio G70 on Realme C3 scores 1,93,790 points. The Helio G80 powered Realme Narzo 10 and Helio G85 powered Redmi Note 9 with 2,03,078 points and 2,05,946 points respectively are also not able to hold upto the G90T’s standard.

The G90T is undoubtedly better than the other three offerings from MediaTek. But for the price, MediaTek’s  G70, G80 and G85 could be the solution for budget gaming in the smartphone industry.

About Sagar Choudhury

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He is a journalist at DealNTech. He writes on general Android related tech news. He contributes in other categories too. He was working for many other publications. Now a proud member of DealNTech team. He is also a good programmer and web designer. Email: sagar@dealntech.com

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