Just like every other SoC (System on Chip) manufacturer out there such as Qualcomm, Exynos by Samsung, HiSilicon by Huawei, etc, MediaTek also happens to be a chipset or mobile processor manufacturer.
One of the most common instances where you must have come in contact with, and might have probably used a MediaTek processor is on smartphones, as their chipsets are commonly found in Chinese-owned smartphone brands such as Infinix, Tecno, Xiaomi, Realme, Nokia (sometimes), and even in some mid-range to entry-level Samsung phones.
Their processors always go with the name “Helio“, followed closely with a single alphabet ranging from (X, G, P, or A) in front of it, and then suffixed with a number.
The alphabet represents the class of a given chipset in terms of its performance level, while the number shows the generation of the said processor.
Common examples of MediaTek processors includes but not limited to;
- MediaTek Helio P95
- MediaTek Helio G95
- MediaTek Helio A25
- MediaTek Dimensity 1000+
The Helio X series formerly represents the best performing class and flagship-grade processors in MediaTek’s arsenal, but it seems this series has been discontinued and replaced instead with the newly found 5G enabled Dimensity lineups.
So, today I’ll be telling you everything you need to know about MediaTek processors, how they’re grouped into various classes based on their performance levels, the naming conventions used to differentiate these classes, how they differ from each other, and so much more.
So you’re ready?
Well, then let’s started. #enjoy.
MediaTek Processor List and Groups
- MediaTek Dimensity processors (newly found 5G-enabled flagship processors).
- MediaTek Helio X processors (formerly MediaTek’s flagship lineup).
- MediaTek Helio G processors (gaming-focused).
- MediaTek Helio P processors (lower mid-range series).
- MediaTek Helio A processors (budget/entry-level).
MediaTek Dimensity Processors
While the Helio X processors formerly used to take the crown as MediaTek’s best performing mobile phone chipset year after year, it seems those series have been discontinued and have now been replaced with an even more powerful and 5G-enabled Dimensity lineup.
These new set of processors have already taken their place at the top of MediaTek’s mobile processor food chain, and they do so for a good reason.
First is that they’re 5G-enabled, and one of the two most recent chipsets in this lineup, the MediaTek Dimensity 1200, is running its prime core using one of ARM’s latest CPUs, the Cortex A78 CPU, clocked at 3.0GHz.
This gives it a place among the big dogs in the industry, such as Samsung’s Exynos 2100 chipset that is using a similar setup too.
Other notable features of the chipset include a fast UFS 3.1 storage system, it has support for high refresh displays for up to 168Hz, while the maximum display resolution it can handle is limited to just Full HD+ (1080 x 2520).
MediaTek Helio X Processors (X for Xtreme)
Like I’ve said almost a million times already today, the MediaTek Helio X processors used to be the top-of-the-line processors in MediaTek’s Arsenal, year after year, before the birth of the Dimensity lineup.
They used to feature the best technology that MediaTek can offer in its processors in a given year, and they’re mostly found in equivalent flagship smartphones.
The last chipset we saw in this category was the MediaTek Helio X30 chipset, and it was announced way back in 2017. Since then, no other chipset has been announced again in the Helio X lineup.
During its time, the Helio X30 was just another force to reckon with, featuring up to 4K (3840 x 2160) display resolution support, can carry a maximum of 8GB of RAM capacity of the LPDDR4X type, offers a fast UFS 2.1 storage system which was the fastest during its time, and comes equipped with an IMG PowerVR 7XTP-MT4 GPU.
Helio G Processors (G for Gaming)
The MediaTek Helio G processors are another sort of pretty new lineup that MediaTek recently introduced into its growing list of processors as a set of gaming optimized chipsets.
The “G” in there stands for “Gaming”
The latest chipset in this lineup is the MediaTek Helio G95, it comes armed with two high-performance ARM’s Cortex A76 CPUs, with each running at 2.05GHz, while a second six power efficient Cortex A55 CPUs, these ones clocked at 2.0GHz.
It supports a maximum display resolution of 2520 x 1080 pixels (Full HD+), and can take up to 10GB of the LPDDR4X RAM-type capacity, comes equipped with still a quite fast UFS 2.1 storage system, and once again, ARM’s Mali-G76 MC4 GPU.
Some notable smartphones running on some of MediaTek’s most popular Helio G processors includes, but not limited to;
Helio P Processors (P for Performance)
The MediaTek Helio P processors are a set of lower midrange processors that are optimized for day to day performance of a smartphone and are mostly found in the sub $300 range of devices.
The latest chipset in this series is the MediaTek Helio P95. Its features include supports for up to a Full HD+ (2520 x 1080) display resolution, up to 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM, UFS 2.1 storage system, a IMG PowerVR GM 9446 GPU, etc.
Some notable smartphones that you can easily get your hands on running on MediaTek’s Helio P chipsets includes, but not limited to;
Helio A Processors (A for Average)
The Helio A chipsets are a set of processors that are found on sub $150 entry-level devices. They are not bad, but okay, considering the fact they are meant for smartphones on a very tight budget.
The latest chipset in this lineup is the MediaTek Helio A25 processor. It features a maximum display resolution of HD+ (1600 x 720), a maximum of 4GB of RAM capacity, an eMMC 5.1 storage system, an IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU, etc.
Notable smartphones that run on these set chipsets are mostly the Infinix Smart lineups, and sometimes, even the Hot lineups.
Alright guys, I guess this wraps it up for today on the MediaTek processor lineups, everything you need to know about them, how they’re grouped into different classes based on their level of performance, and the naming conventions used to differentiate these classes.
So when next you see a smartphone running on a MediaTek chipset, you should be able to tell what range or class that smartphone belongs to, by just knowing the type of MediaTek chipset that is running inside it.
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