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MediaTek announces Helio G70 and G80 processors for budget smartphones

On: February 3, 2020

Back in July last year, MediaTek had announced its G series of Helio processors with the G90 and G90T. The Taiwanese chipset maker is now expanding the lineup with the launch of Helio G70 and G80. MediaTek’s Helio G-series is aimed at delivering a better gaming performance in smartphones. The G70 and G80 are meant for affordable gaming phones. Notably, both the new processors share most of their specifications, with the only difference in CPU and GPU speeds. To recall, the Redmi Note 8 Pro was equipped with the G90T chipset while the upcoming Realme C3 is confirmed to feature the G70 SoC. 

MediaTek’s latest octa-core processors are based on the 12nm process

The new Helio G70 and G80 are octa-core processors feature two Cortex-A75 cores clocked at 2.0GHz and six Cortex A-55 cores with the G70 ticking at 1.7GHz and G80 at 1.8GHz. Both chipsets are based on the 12nm architecture. For graphics, the Helio G70 and G80 are paired with ARM Mali-G52 MC2 GPUs clocked at 820MHz and 950MHz respectively. MediaTek’s latest processors support up to 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM ticking at 1800MHz. They rely on the eMMC 5.1 storage standard but don’t support UFS storage, unfortunately. 

Both the Helio G70 and G80 support FHD+ display resolution with a 60Hz refresh rate panel. The processors support 25MP and dual 16MP cameras at 30 frames per second. There is also support for a single 48MP sensor but at 17fps. The SoC is claimed to support camera features like electronic image stabilisation, AI face unlock, rolling shutter compensation, Google Lens, smart photo album, scene detection, portrait mode, multi-frame noise reduction, etc. 

The Helio G70 and 80 come with the company’s HyperEngine game technology that was announced for the G90. However, the latest offerings lack dedicated APU and AI accelerators. Connectivity options on both processors include dual 4G LTE, dual VoLTE, VoWiFi, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS and GLONASS. The Helio G70 and G80 are also said to support Pump Express technology for charging, but the company has not revealed the charging wattage. 

MediaTek hasn’t revealed which upcoming smartphones will be powered by the latest Helio G70 and G80 processors. However, we expect them to be introduced in several budget smartphones in the coming months.

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