MediaTek announces the Helio G70 for budget gaming smartphones
Gaming smartphones have become a growing trend in the past few months. Naturally, as mobile games improve and become closer to the ones we normally play in our consoles and our computers, the hardware also needs to adapt and improve. Qualcomm and MediaTek are two companies that have put out chips optimized for gaming smartphones, such as the Snapdragon 730G and the Snapdragon 765G in the case of Qualcomm and the MediaTek Helio G90 and G90T in the case of MediaTek. I personally had a go with the Helio G90T with the Redmi Note 8 Pro and found gaming performance to be as good as it can go. Now, MediaTek is releasing the Helio G70 chipset made for budget gaming smartphones.
Compared to the Helio G90T, it’s clear some corners have been cut here and there, which is denoted by the lower number in its name. Its big cores are Cortex-A75 instead of Cortex-A76, and they’re clocked up to 2.0 GHz. The smaller Cortex-A55 cores remain the same, yet they’re underclocked to 1.7 GHz instead of the 2.0 GHz clock in the Helio G90T. The octa-core setup remains identical. Although MediaTek’s website doesn’t make it clear, the Helio G70 is likely manufactured in the same 12nm FinFET process as its higher-end counterpart. The SoC also features MediaTek’s HyperEngine technology which is meant to enhance gaming performance.
The MediaTek Helio G70 also features support for up to 48MP cameras and 1080p displays–likely some of the corners cut. It also doesn’t feature 5G support, although to be fair, that’s likely only limited to MediaTek’s Dimensity chipsets right now. Overall, though, it doesn’t seem much different from the Helio G90T, with some underclocked cores being among the only differences. We shall see the real world differences when devices with this processor are officially released, however, but we expect it to deliver similar performance to Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 600 series processors or the Snapdragon 710.