As we are in the 21st century, there is no limitation of technology and one of the most famous examples of emerging technology is our smartphone. Day by day they are getting more and more ripped as well as more powerful. When we talk about the performance of the smartphone, everyone knows that about which factor the performance depends, the hardware offered by the brand and the optimization done by the developers/engineers. And one of the best examples of correct optimization and hardware is the iPhone, but as more than 70% market share is for Android so in this article we will be focusing on Android only. When we think about the processors powering Android devices, the two most popular names which come to our minds are Qualcomm and MediaTek. So in this post, we are comparing the two processor makers MediaTek VS Snapdragon by 2019- 2020.
Read About Qualcomm Snapdragon VS MediaTek vs Processors
- 1 Read About Qualcomm Snapdragon VS MediaTek vs Processors
- 1.1 MediaTek
- 1.2 Qualcomm/Snapdragon
- 1.3 Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 vs. Mediatek P70 (Were Popular in 2017)
- 1.4 Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 vs. MediaTek Helio X25 (Were Popular in 2015-2016)
- 1.5 Snapdragon 855/855+ vs Helio X30/P90 (Were Popular in 2019)
- 1.6 Snapdragon 865 vs MediaTek Dimensity 800 and 1000 and 1000+ 5G
- 1.7 Snapdragon 875 vs MediaTek Dimensity 1000
- 2 Meditek Vs Snapdragon for Gaming in 2021
- 3 Mediatek Vs Snapdragon for Custom Rom?
Firstly we are talking about the MediaTek, that what the company is offering and in the comparison, we are only considering the power-packed SoC’s from the two manufacturers. MediaTek is the inventor of the first Deca-Core processor which means the power of 10 Cores in a smartphone, sounds amazing which means more data can be processed at a time and which inherently results in better parallelism. The top-notch series of processors offered by MediaTek includes- Helio X27(MT6797X) and Helio X30 (MT6799), Helio X25(MT6797T), Helio X20(MT6797), they also have P series processors named Helio P20(MT6757), Helio P25(MT6757T), including recent Helio P60 and the latest Helio P70 and P90. Let’s talk about the basic structure of the manufacturer MediaTek. Their P-series processors like Helio P10/P20/P25 including P60 and P70 P90 are the chip with ample amount of power and efficiency, let us make this easy for you these SoC’s are not the Flagship one but still has the potential to handle all modern apps. While on the other hand their X-series processors like Helio X25/Helio X20, Helio X27 and X30/40 were known for their mind-blowing performance, however, for now, they are almost extinct in smartphones. One of the biggest merits of these chips is that they are cheaper than the competition that is why you people may have noticed that in most of the Chinese smartphones, they are using MediaTek SoC’s. They offer a lot of similar performance to that of the rivals and still are a bit cheaper.
The latest smartphones from a Chinese manufacturer has proved that what a MediaTek chip can do, the phone is priced somewhere near to 219$ and still scored a reputable 1,10,000+ score in the Antutu test. We do not blindly believe in the rough scores the, processor has the potential to match the performance of the other processors available out there, and the smartphone was using an Helio X27, while the Helio X30 has a 141982 AnTuTu score which is also great, this also indicates that their future processors like X35 and X40 will be top class and they will provide way better performance than their predecessors.
Now we would like to talk about the top processors from the house of Qualcomm- Snapdragon 650/660/675, Snapdragon 652/653, Snapdragon 430/435, Snapdragon 625/626, Snapdragon 630/636, Snapdragon 710/720 also they have some flagship processors like Snapdragon 835, 845 855, and the beast Snapdragon 865. These all were the best processor offered by Qualcomm in 2019-2020. Some chip like Snapdragon 425/430/435/450 were targeted to the budget focused phones while others were targeted to the extreme users as we all know processors like Snapdragon 845, 855 and Snapdragon 636,660,710 don’t need an introduction. And in 2019-2020 Qualcomm is the only brand that has powered a dozen of Flagship phones like, OnePlus 6, OnePlus 6T, Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, Nokia 6.1, 7.1 Plus, LG G7, Samsung Galaxy S9/S10 Edge, Asus Zenfone 5Z, Google Pixel 3, Pixel 4, Galaxy S20. Note20, OnePlus 8 Series, and many more.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 vs. Mediatek P70 (Were Popular in 2017)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 vs. MediaTek Helio X25 (Were Popular in 2015-2016)
Snapdragon 855/855+ vs Helio X30/P90 (Were Popular in 2019)
Snapdragon 865 vs MediaTek Dimensity 800 and 1000 and 1000+ 5G
They both are beasts from the house of Qualcomm and MediaTek. The Snapdragon 865 uses Samsung’s 7nm EUV process which said to be 15% to 20% more efficient if we talk about the Dimensity processor they also run on the same technology. The Dimensity 800 falls under the mid-range category of the processors, recently Oppo A92s was seen with this processor which had a price tag of under $400 which makes complete sense for the so comparing it with 865 is not justifiable.
But Dimensty 1000 comes loaded on a flagship smartphone and that makes sense to compare these both processors. Talking about the Snapdragon 865 has a single A77 core that gives max clock speed, there is also 3 A77 cores and four A55 very power-efficient cores, while the Dimensity 1000 got MediaTek comes with 4 powerful A77 cores and there are 4 energy-efficient A55 cores with the maximum clock speed of 2.6GHz.
So till now, you got an idea about the most powerful processor in the specs paper, Snapdragon 865 is the clear winner. The AntTuTu benchmark also has a clear difference on both of the smartphones SD 865 hits almost 600k score whereas the Dimensity 1000 reaches approx 500k which makes still a noticeable difference b/w these two devices and the clear winner is the Snapdragon 865 here.
In the GPU department, Snapdragon 865 has Adreno 650 whereas Dimensity 1000 has Mali-G77. Both are good, but here also the winner is Adreno 650 because it comes with plus points and more features if we compare to the MediaTek’s processor, the Adreno 650 can support display up to 144Hz whereas the Mali-G77 has support for high refresh rate displays up to 120Hz. There are many differences and with that comparison, and now you have an idea about which processor is going to be good in Graphical experience.
So for now, undoubtedly the clear winner is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865. But we all are aware of the fact that the tech world is highly dynamic and it keeps on changing regularly, So it can be possible that in the upcoming future the situation will be different. For detailed comparing you can check the specs below of these two processors.
The MediaTek is also rumored for Density 1000 Plus which will be upgraded to 1000. It is currently said to be packed with a new upcoming Redmi phone called K30 Pro and others. It will support up to 144Hz display and also you can use dual 5G SIM into it. But still beating the supreme 865 is a long way to go.
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 865||MediaTek Dimensity 1000|
|CPU Core count||Kryo 585, Octa-core CPU||Octa-core CPU|
|CPU Architecture Built||1x 2.84GHz (Cortex A77)|
3x 2.42GHz (Cortex A77)
4x 1.8GHz (Cortex A55)
|4x 2.6GHz (Cortex A77)|
4x 2.0GHz (Cortex A55)
|CPU Clock Speed||Up to 2.84GHz||Up to 2.6GHz|
|Process Technology||7nm FinFET||7nm FinFET|
|GPU Graphics processing unit||Adreno 650||Mali-G77|
|Machine Learning (ML) and AI||Hexagon 698 DSP||Hexa-core APU 3.0|
|ISP||Spectra 480||5-core ISP|
|Camera Capturing||Up to 200 MP||Up to 80 MP|
|Video Capturing||8K @ 30 FPS, 4K HDR @ 60FPS, 4K @ 120FPS||4K HDR @ 60FPS|
|Charging technology||Quick Charge 4+||Pump Express 4.0|
|Modem technology||X55 5G Modem|
7.5 Gbps Peak Download
3 Gbps Peak Upload
|5G Integrated Modem|
4.7 Gbps Peak Download
2.3 Gbps Peak Upload
|WiFi Support||Wi-Fi 6-ready||Wi-Fi 6-ready|
Snapdragon 875 vs MediaTek Dimensity 1000
|Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 875||MediaTek MT6889 Dimensity 1000|
|Model Number||SM8350, SDM875||MT6889|
|Launch date||2021 Q1||2020 Q1|
|Number of Cores||8||8|
|Number of Threads||8||8|
|frequency Rate||1.8 GHz||2.0 GHz|
|Turbo frequency Rate||2.8 GHz||2.6 GHz|
|Number of Energy cores||4x Qualcomm Kryo 685 Silver @ 1.8 GHz||4x ARM Cortex-A55 @ 2.0 GHz|
|Number of High-performance cores||1x Qualcomm Kryo 685 Prime @ 2.8 GHz|
3x Qualcomm Kryo 685 Gold @ 2.4 GHz
|4x ARM Cortex-A77 @ 2.2 GHz|
|Total Cache memory||2 MB||2 MB|
|Max memory capacity can be extended||16 GB||16 GB|
|Memory types||LPDDR5 SDRAM||LPDDR4X-3733|
|Bandwidth offers||44 GB/s||29.9 GB/s|
|TDP||10 W||10 W|
|GPU integrated graphics capacity||Qualcomm Adreno 660||ARM Mali-G77 MP9|
|GPU execution units capacity||2||9|
|GPU shading units capacity||512||144|
|GPU clock rate||– Unknown||850 MHz|
Meditek Vs Snapdragon for Gaming in 2021
Both the CPU chip companies are doing well and well in the field of the smartphone market and Snapdragon is also entering the field of laptops with its latest 600 series chips. There are rumours that Snapdragon will be entering into the laptop market with its 600 series chips and leaks say that it is collaborating with the most popular Indian Telecom Operator JIO to launch its first Android-based laptop in India, which is rumoured to be a 4G based Android skinned laptop. But when it comes to gaming then Mediatek has evolved itself into this field and has completely transformed the picture in the year 2020 and 2021.
They were running way back of Snapdragon in 2019 and following the steps they have come ahead of them and Snapdragon is still not focusing on its processor to be power efficient and optimised for gaming. If you are looking for a gaming Smartphone that has a Snapdragon chip then it is good to avoid it and look for Meditek chips as they are the best when it comes to gaming, otherwise Snapdragon chips are good for normal usage and in performing other tasks.
More specifically, pick the MediaTek Helio G series chipsets if your primary preference in gaming. And for daily usage and another day to day task Snapdragon is well and good.
Mediatek Vs Snapdragon for Custom Rom?
When it comes to installing custom ROMs then the Snapdragon is the most reliable and the best performer that comes out by beating all the competitors. GCam support and custom ROM support are better in all types of Snapdragon chips when compared to Mediatek chips. Most OS companies like Lineage OS and others are majorly focusing on Snapdragon-based Smartphones as Mediatek based Smartphones are reliable to install customs ROMs and users face a lot of issues when it comes to installing custom ROMs.
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