Snapdragon 662 vs 660 vs 665 vs Helio G70: What’s the Difference?

All of them provide dual-camera support of upto 16MPs each with MFNR, ZSL, 30fps

Qualcomm always has something for the mid-range segment devices. They have recently launched a number of chipsets in the 600 series targeting specifically a specific smartphone audience. A most recent addition to Qualcomm in this series is the Snapdragon 662 which comes with WiFi 6 and NavIC, which is ISRO’s improved version of GPS developed specifically for India.

In terms of nomenclature, it is called the 662, so we can expect somewhat similar performance like the Snapdragon 660 and Snapdragon 665. But how much are these three different and same to each other. Let’s take a look at it in this article to get a clear picture about where all these Qualcomm mid-range chips lie. In addition to these three, we will also take a look at the MediaTek Helio G70, which also targets the similarly priced smartphone audience to see how MediaTek fairs against it’s Qualcomm counterparts in this segment.

Snapdragon 662 vs 660 vs 665 vs Helio G70 Comparision

Manufacturing Process

Both Snapdragon 662 and 665 are built on an 11 nm fabrication, making them the most power-efficient of the bunch. Following them is MediaTek’s Helio G70 with a 12 nm fabrication process. The difference between these is not much in real-life usage. However, the older Snapdragon 660 is built on a 14 nm fabrication process, which just makes it inferior as compared to others.

CPU Core Configuration

In terms of the CPU configuration, all the four cores have a 64-bit octa-core design. All the three Snapdragon processor have four Kryo260 Gold Cortex-A73 cores and four Kryo260 Silver Cortex-A53 cores. Both the Snapdragon 665 and 662 have their gold cores clocked at 2.0 GHz, while their silver cores are clocked at 1.8 GHz. Whereas with Snapdragon 660, we have the gold cores clocked at 2.2 GHz and the silver cores clocked at 1.8 GHz. The Helio G70, on the other hand, has two Cortex-A75 cores clocked at 2.0 GHz and six Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.7 GHz. The A75 on the MediaTek over the A73 on the snapdragon chips is a big improvement, which gives the G70 the edge in terms of performance of these four cores. Even though both the 662 and 665 have the same configuration, the fabrication process makes the difference. The 660 has a higher clock speed than the 662 and 665, but it’s older fabrication keeps it inferior to the other two.

Cortex 75 vs 73
Image Credit: ARM

Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)

In terms of GPU, with the Snapdragon 660, we see the old Adreno 512. This was enough at a time for non-hardcore gamers in the mid-range segment. However now with the 662 and 665, we get the Adreno 610, which is too big of an improvement over the 512. The Helio G70, on the other hand, is ahead of all with its Mali-G52 2EEMC2 GPU with 825MHz clock speed. This gives the Meditek chip advantage in gaming as compared to the Qualcomm counterparts. The G70’s GPU easily outperforms Adreno’s 610 and 512.

Mali-G52 2EEMC2 GPU

AI Engine

The older Snapdragon 660 packs a basic DSP, the Hexagon 660 DSP and it misses out on a number of new features. Certain AI features like the Vector eXtensions (HVX), and Neural Processing SDK are missing. However, they are there in the hexagon 683 DSP and hexagon 686 DSP present in Snapdragon 662 and 665 respectively. Even though the performance in this criterion between 662 and 665 is quite similar, but the difference between the 660 and 665 is quite evident.

AI qualcomm

The DSP on the helio G70 is unnamed from the company. However, it is found to be quite similar to the Snapdragon 665’s 686 DSP’s performance, just followed up by the Hexagon 683 DSP of the 662. The 660 is quite below from all these three other DSPs.

Camera Department

The Spectra 160 ISP seen on the 660 is the oldest and the most basic of the bunch, whereas the next version Spectra 165 ISP found on the 665 provides a maximum expanded single camera support of upto 48 MP. In contrast, the Spectra 350L ISP provides maximum single camera support of upto 192 MP.

The Spectra 160 ISP supports a single camera of upto 24 MP. And finally the Helio G70 packs in an unnamed ISP that provides single camera support of upto 48 MP. All four of the processors have dual-camera support of upto 16 MPs each.

All the snapdragon chips support 4k video recording at 30fps, while the MediaTek chip maxes out at 2k at 30 fps.

Display and Memory

The Snapdragon 662, 665 and Helio G70 supports up to Full HD resolution. While the older snapdragon 660 has support for 2k display, which is quite bizarre to expect in a mid-range device. In terms of storage, the 662 and 665 has support for eMMC5.1 and UFS 2.1. The Helio G70 has the support of UFS 2.0 along with eMMC5.1. The older 660 supports only eMMC5.1 storage type. For RAM, all four of these processors supports he LPDDR4x version RAMs with a maximum frequency of 1866MHz.

Connectivity

The Snapdragon 660 and 665 houses the Qualcomm X12 LTE modem, which gives support for 4G connectivity with 600 Mbps download speed and 150 Mbps upload speed. The Helio G70 unnamed modem only has a maximum download speed of 300 Mbps and upload speed of 150 Mbps. The newer 662 has the Qualcomm X11 modem which provides a download speed of 390 Mbps and upload speed of 150 Mbps. All four them are of course 4G modems but the newer Snapdragon 662 is the only processor that has support for Wi-Fi 6 and NavIC.

Which one is Better Processor?

As per Geekbench V5 listing, Snapdragon 662, 660, 665 and Helio G70 have managed to score 311, 315, 339 and 337 points respectively. In the multi-core test result, these SoCs have scored 1180, 1080, 1419 and 1119 points respectively.

As per Geekbench multi-core test scores, Snapdragon 665 is the clear winner. Helio G70, Snapdragon 662 and Snapdragon 660 chipsets are placed at second, third and fourth position respectively. However, in the single-core test, Helio G70 beats Qualcomm’s 665, 662 and 660 SoC. So, going by its benchmark scores it is difficult to choose a winner. It should be noted that these scores don’t necessarily imply any real-world usage capabilities of the chipsets.

Snapdragon 662 vs 660 vs 665 vs Helio G70 geekbech

The Snapdragon 660 is too old now to feature in a 2020 phone. It is outdated in almost every category of support. The Helio G70 is an interesting offering though from MediaTek, as it definitely gives Qualcomm a run for their money in the CPU and GPU department. However, overall the Snapdragon 662 seems like the best option for the future. The 662 is not bad, but the 665 just falls ahead of it with MediaTek’s G70 taking the second spot.

Specifications Comparision Table

SoCSnapdragon 660Snapdragon 662Snapdragon 665Helio G70
Process14nm11nm11nm12nm
Core Configuration4x 2.2 GHz Kryo 260 Gold - Cortex-A73 + 4x 1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver - Cortex-534x Kryo 260 Gold 2.0 GHz Cortex-A73 + 4x Kryo 260 Silver 1.8 GHz Cortex-A534x 2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold - Cortex-A73 + 4x 1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver - Cortex-A532x Arm Cortex-A75 clocked @2.00 GHz + 6x Arm Cortex-A55 clocked @1.7 GHz
GPUAdreno 512Adreno 610Adreno 610Mali-G52 2EEMC2
RAM8GB, LPDDR4X8GB, LPDDR4X8GB, LPDDR4X8GB, LPDDR4X
StorageUFS 2.1 / eMMC 5.1UFS 2.1 / eMMC 5.1UFS 2.1 / eMMC 5.1UFS 2.1 / eMMC 5.1
DisplayQuad HD+ (2560x1600 Pixels)Full HD+ (2520x1080 pixels)Full HD+ (2520x1080 pixels)Full HD+ (2520x1080 pixels)
ModemSnapdragon X12
DL: 600 Mbps
UL: 150 Mbps
Snapdragon X11
DL: 390 Mbps
UL: 150 Mbps
Snapdragon X12
DL: 600 Mbps
UL: 150 Mbps
Yes
DL: 300Mbps
UL: 150Mbps
ISPSpectra 160 with 2x ISPSpectra 340T with 2x ISPSpectra 165 with 2x ISP2x ISP
CameraSingle: 25MP with MFNR, ZSL, 30fps or 48MP with MFNR
Dual: 16MP with MFNR, ZSL, 30fps
Single: 25MP with MFNR, ZSL, 30fps or 48MP with MFNR or 192MP
Dual: 16MP with MFNR, ZSL, 30fps
Single: 25MP with MFNR, ZSL, 30fps or 48MP with MFNR
Dual: 16MP with MFNR, ZSL, 30fps
Single: 48MP
Dual: 16MP+16MP
DSPHexagon 660Hexagon 683Hexagon 686MediaTek DSP
ChargingQuick Charge 3.0Quick Charge 4.0Quick Charge 3.0PumpExpress

About Sagar Choudhury

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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