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MediaTek VS Snapdragon Processor Full Comparison

As we are in the 21st century, so 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 on 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 in our minds are Qualcomm and MediaTek. So in this, we are comparing the two processor makers MediaTek VS Snapdragon by 2016-2017.

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 a better parallelism. The top notch series of processors offered by MediaTek includes- Helio X27(MT6797X) which is launched recently and is offered in the UMI Z, Helio X25(MT6797T), Helio X20(MT6797), Helio P20(MT6757), Helio P25(MT6757T) and yes how can we miss the upcoming Helio X30/Helio X35. Let’s talk about the basic structure of the manufacturer MediaTek. Their P-series processors like Helio P10, Helio P20/Helio P25 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 are known for their mind-blowing performance. 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, we are habitual of seeing MediaTek SoC’s. They offer similar performance to that of the rivals and still are a bit cheaper.

The latest smartphone 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, which indirectly indicates that the upcoming Helio X30 and X35 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, Snapdragon 652, Snapdragon 617, Snapdragon 430/435, Snapdragon 625, Snapdragon 820, Snapdragon 821, etc. These all were the best processor offered by Qualcomm in 2016-17. Some chip like Snapdragon 430/435 were targeted to the budget focused phones while other were targeted to the extreme users as we all know processors like Snapdragon 820, 821, Snapdragon 650/652 don’t need an introduction. And in 2016-2017 Qualcomm is the only brand which has powered a dozen of Flagship phones like, OnePlus 3T, OnePlus 3, Xiaomi Mi5s/Mi5s Plus, LG G5, HTC 10, HTC U Ultra, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and much more.

Mediatek-VS-Qualcomm

And now we will compare the processor from each brand which falls in the same category. Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 vs. MediaTek Helio X20, And the two devices which can help us to make you understand the difference between the two is the Redmi Note 3 vs. LeEco Le 2(China version). If you are the one who believes in the numbers then in the raw performance MediaTek Helio X20 take over the Snapdragon 650, but if we take a closer, then there is not a big difference between them. Snapdragon 650 is a Hexa-Core chipset whereas Helio X20 is a Deca-Core chipset, Snapdragon 650 has a combination of 2 x Cortex A72 cores with 4 x Cortex A53 cores whereas Helio X20 has 2 x Cortex A72 cores with 8 x Cortex A53 cores which are the reason behind the slight change in the performance of both. If you are a person who likes to Root, Flashing custom Roms then go for the Snapdragon 650 otherwise that much change in performance of Helio X20 doesn’t make any big difference. The Antutu Scores of the two are as follows- Helio X20- 82000, Snapdragon 650- 73000.

Now the next comparison is of Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 vs. MediaTek Helio X25, And for making this comparison easy, we are considering the following devices- LeEco Le 2 Pro vs. LeEco Le 2(Indian version). Snapdragon 652 is an Octa-Core processor whereas Helio X25 is a Deca-Core processor. If we compare them in the raw performance then Helio X25 have a slight edge over the Snapdragon 652, Helio X25 scores 91000 in Antutu whereas Snapdragon 652 scores around 82000. Snapdragon 652 has a combination of 4 x Cortex A72 cores with 4 x Cortex A53 cores while Helio X25 has 2 x Cortex A72 cores with 8 x Cortex A53 cores. When it comes to real-time usage both processors are more than sufficient and can handle heavy multi-tasks easily but as we all know there is a better development for Snapdragon processors, so there are more custom things available to flash but in MediaTek chipsets the future development is not that good, but in raw performance Helio X25 has a slight edge which we can’t ignore.

At present in the market, Qualcomm has the Snapdragon 821 as an extreme performer while MediaTek has its Helio X27. First of all, in synthetic benchmarks, the Snapdragon 821 holds the lead as it scores an unbelievable score of around 1,40,000+ while the Helio X27 was at just 1,10,000. Both processors are different from them as Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 is a Quad-Core chip while Helio X27 is a Deca-Core SoC. By reading it, most of you will probably think that a Deca-Core will perform better than the Quad-Core, but in real time the story is opposite. We are not saying that Helio X27 is a bad chip at all, but when it comes to competition, a small margin should be considered. We are not going too much deep as we are not here to put you in a fix, we are here to give you the conclusion, So according to us in versus Snapdragon 821 is ahead by a strong margin.

So for now(2016-17), undoubtedly the clear winner is the Qualcomm Snapdragon series. But we all are aware of the fact that Tech world is highly dynamic and it keeps on changing regularly, So it can be possible that in upcoming future the situation will be different.
So for Tech related updates stay tuned to us.

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Akshay Dua

He is an Author and Developer on Tekz24. An extreme technology lover, who is very particular and choosy when it comes to buying the latest gadget or smartphone in the market. He loves to keep himself updated with all kinds of news and watches all the latest TV shows.

95 Comments

  • Redmi 4(3gb 32rom) and lenovo k8 plus (3gb 32 rom) which is better in there processor performance??? Redmi(Snapdragon 435 octa-core process)
    Lenovo (2.5 GHz MTK P25 octa-core processor ) ??plzz reply..

  • Hiii I want to buy a new phone im between redmi note 4 and lenovo k8 plus which one is better specialy camera and performence.

  • I want to know which phone is better, performance & everything….
    (1) – Oppo f3,
    (2) – Vivo v5,
    (3) – Samsung j7 Max,
    (4) – Nokia 6 (4gb & 64gb),
    (5) – Xiomi Redmi Note 4 (4gb & 32gb).

    Please reply as soon as possible…

  • G4 Plus is an amazing phone. The phone’s plastic body isn’t much appealing.SD 617 is a very capable chipset, a huge improvement over SD 615.It doesn’t hang and infact handles tasks pretty smooth.SD 617 plus vanilla Android is an awesome combination, and about processor clocking, MOTOROLA IS THE BEST.If the Author doubts he can compare the Moto X Play , with any other SD615 Phones and see for himself.

  • I want to know which phone is better, performance & everything….
    (1) – Oppo f3,
    (2) – Vivo v5,
    (3) – Samsung j7 Max,
    (4) – Nokia 6 (4gb & 64gb),
    (5) – Xiomi Redmi Note 4 (4gb & 32gb).

    Please reply as soon as possible…

  • Moto G4 Plus is out of date and when compared to new phones it hangs a lot because of the old Snapdragon 617 and poor tuning by Motorola!

  • Hello is Moto g4 plus price worthy competitive to other phones ranging in this price
    Please leave a review out

  • Which one is better vivo v5s or redmi note 4….the mediatek 6750t is better or snapdragon 625

  • Hello, the performance of the Snapdragon 616 is slightly better than the Snapdragon 430 but a lot of factors are considered when we talk about smooth performance. The MIUI is better than the Lenovo’s Vibe UI but yes performance of the 616 is undoubtedly better.

  • Hello sir,

    I am koushik and i have a question about which one is better chipset & processor in these two phones : lenovo k5 plus 3GB and redmi 3s prime, because while comparing between these two, the k5 plus has a 3GB RAM and SD616 SoC where the 3s prime has same 3GB RAM but SD430 SoC……!!and also the k5 plus costs 8,499 INR and the 3s prime costs 8,999 INR,

    So what is better by performance between these two phones kindly suggest me soon…….

  • If you are looking for pure performance than blindly go for the Z2 plus. And if you are interested in selfie camera than can choose any one of the two. Neither Vivo V5 nor Gionee A1 comes with a powerful performance.

  • Hello sir . Which one is good Lenovo Z2 plus, vivo V5, or Gionee A1..I want to buy any one of these…Which one is good.

  • Hie, According to us you should go for the LeMax 2 as it offers Snapdragon 820 SoC which is a pure performer and can outperform even some present flagships. It is nowhere near to the Vivo V5 Plus.

  • Hello,

    We are having the confusion between two smartphones. LeEco Le Max2 X821 (Grey, 32GB) & VIVO V5 (Space Grey, 32 GB) (4 GB RAM)

    Kindly suggest which smartphone is good as performance wise.

  • Hie Anandhu, according to us go for the latest Moto G5 Plus because it house the best SoC inside when compared to Moto M or the old G4 Plus. The Snapdragon 625 performs surprisingly well in Gaming as well as in battery saving department as it comes with FinFET technology. And when it comes to Camera, Moto G5 Plus is the silent killer, we mean it can outperform even some of the phones which costs around 30,000 INR!

  • Which phone should I buy moto m or moto g4 plus or moto g5 plus please its urgent could you give reason I’m into gaming and camera so pls reply

  • Hello G.Sakthidharan, there will be a price difference between the two because Moto G5 Plus packs a way better Camera than that of the Redmi Note 4 and secondly, Motorola’s reach and service is comparatively better than the Xiaomi. So it may be a reason that why Motorola Moto G5 Plus is a bit expensive!
    According to us you should wait for the arrival of Moto G5 plus in India.

  • moto G5 plus has SD625 and it costs around ₹16000 but xioami redmi note 4 also has SD625 and identical specs like moto g5 plus but is ₹13000.why is this cost difference?WHICH I HAVE TO BUY NOW?PLEASE CLARIFY

  • Hello Prashanth, if you want a performance oriented phone than we will prefer you Lenovo Z2 Plus over the two!

  • Hiii I want to buy a new phone im between redmi note 4 and honor 6x which one is better specialy camera and performence.

  • Hello Ramesh, we apologize for the delay in reply. According to us you should go for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, comparatively it is better than the ZTE Blade A2 Plus. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC which is better than the Mediatek’s MT6750T.

  • Hello I want buy new phone Wich one better 3 GB Redmi note 4 or ZTE blade A2plus plsaes suggest me.main confused in phone chipest and proserser

  • sir i want to purchase a new mobile under rs.15000. which processors & brand i want to buy. plz. suggest me.

  • Hi,

    PLease suggest which one is better Lenovo P2 V/s Moto M.
    I m looking a smartphone with 4gb Ram & 64GB on board memory with good Camera.
    Budget is 15K-20K

    Thanks,
    Deepak

  • MediaTek is SHIT!! I have used a android phone with a stupid MediaTek chipset in it, and the performance was just crappy! The phone did react slow sometimes and it gets really HOT!! Now i use a phone with a Snapdragon chip of the “same class” as the MediaTek crap, and the Snapdragon BLOWS away the MediaTek, whatever any one would say, i KNOW from experience that the Snapdragon is the way TO GO!!

  • If you are not a performance oriented user, then blindly go for Moto G4 Plus. Other then Motorola and Google you can opt for Cool1.

  • Hie Jaismeen, according to us in overall performance and in overall features also including Camera quality, Display, etc. We can say that Moto Z is a clear winner because even the Moto G4 Plus beats Moto M in some department.

  • Which is the better Moto Z OR Moto M while comparing its processor I.e. Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa Core 2 GHz OR MTK Helio P15 64-bit Octa Core 2.2 GHz

  • Hello .. guys im just having a slightly confusion to buying a mobile …please suggest me the best mobile under 18k … Should I go for moto m ..???

  • Hello Ravi, According to us the Helio P15 used in Moto M is based on latest technology and in overall it is better than the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 617.

  • Which is the best Moto G4 plus OR Moto M while comparing its processor I.e. Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952 OR MEedia Tek MT6755.

  • Hi,
    I habe already bought this Phone. It’s exzellent for gaming. N.O.V.A. 3 isn’t a Problem for it. You Can also play Asphalt 8 with it without Problems.

  • Does mediatek helio X25/20 is better for gaming?
    I want to buy a xiaomi redmi note 4..I am a normal gamer..I play games like coc,brothers in arms 3,N.O.V.A.3,marvel champions,mortral kombat X,…Etc.
    Does heliox20/25 will better for me?
    Or which chipset will better for me?

  • I want to buy a new phone, i am so confused within these two phones REDMI NOTE 3 vs REDMI NOTE 4……

    Tell me which is best gaming phone???????

  • Htc x9 dual ,,is it fastest for gaming , performance….
    lag or not..
    iwnt to buy this phone ..
    Agree or not…….

  • i want to buy a mobile phone under 20000, can u please suggest which one should i buy specifically for gaming purposes.

  • i want to buy best fastest phone good camera good ram and screen 5.5 good battery no hybrid please help under 19000

  • Media Tek lasts for more than 4 years which is very impressive now a days because, every day is getting more powerful more RAM more on board memory development. Not only in hardware but in software also now max. every app is now 64 bit supportive. If you see from KitKat onwards 2GB Ram is must because it needs around 700 to 800 MB Ram for only its OS(500mb) and bloatware. Before that from Gingerbread to Jellybean last version only they have 1GB Ram with the sufficient speed of multi tasking with 32 bit supporting apps. But now all are became 64 bit. As of now for multitasking and gaming performance Snapdragon is always dragon in the era of mobile computing. But if you use a Jellybean OS mobile with 1GB Ram from Snapdragon processor definitely you will scold the processor and memory management. But if you take same in Mediatek still it is a champion will not lag that much. OK as per other comments Mediatek is not that much useful for firmware or OS upgrades. But Snapdragon does. So for long time running without lagging without that much updates Mediatek is superb. For Medium time running means 1.5 to 2years With upgrades Snapdragon is beast.

  • hey frend i purches one & two days lenovo vibe s1 in which MT processor ,and other hand samsung on 7 snapdragon processor …plz tall me good performance processor ….who is good in these..

  • Pls tell me which phone is better to buy Oppo Neo 7 4G (Black, 16 GB) or Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus 3 GB (Silver, 16 GB) with a normal use not much gaming but different utilities app to use

  • I’m planning for a mobile with good battery backup, memory, browsing and clarity in audio, photos & video. Which of these is a better choice for me? Can anyone advice me plz…Gionee F103 Pro Or Xiaomi Redmi Note 4.

  • Hello Nishant, If you are a Gamer type of person then you should go for Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 Hexa-Core processor and if you are a normal consumer, you often play games like Candy Crush, Pokemon Go then i will prefer you the K5 Note because Mediatek’s Helio P10 is not meant for Performance, it is a better battery saving processor with no doubts! But Snapdragon 650 can beat it badly in any task which is a performance oriented one.

  • i am confused which phone should i buy lenovo k5 note with mediatek processoor or redmi note 3 with snapdragon processor,,,,,,,,,,,,,????????

  • WTF !!!snapdragon beats mediatek in every field whether its GPU or anything else mediatek has no comparison with snapdragon cause its the best SoC of all time. And yeah snapdragon SoC never heat up except SD810

  • which phone is better coolpad note 3 lite or lenovo vibe k5 or any other similar phones (please specify names) at 7000-8000 range?

  • Hello Kishore, Go for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 because it is a way newer Chipset than the Mediatek’s Helio P10 and in terms of rooting there is more liberty of custom ROM for the Snapdragon powered phones.

  • Hii, thanks for your comment, both processors are good, somewhere Meditek is winner and somewhere Snapdragon, but in most of the cases Snapdragon takeover Mediatek.

  • so if qualcom is better than mediatek
    why other smartphone use Mediatek processor ??
    We have Advantage and Dis advantage of two processor

  • You can opt for snapdragon 820 as it is currently the best in this era and it doesnt even gets heat up very fast

  • I would like to which processors to avoid, e.g. Snapdragon 410 and 615; which are supposed to heat very much.
    So if you can provide a list of processors from Qualcomm and Mediatek it will be really great.

  • snapdragon is better if u can spend more than 20k on a smartphone…….but…..below that………no other snapdragon shit can compare with mideateck SoC…………….

  • Fake details……snapdragon is the best in all…..it gets more antutu benchmark than mediatek….every website says snapdragon as best except this sitesite

  • Bullshit!!
    Qualcomm is obviously better in gaming performance
    Qualcomm SoCs have their custom Adreno GPU which is better than ARM’s Mali shit.
    Mediatek is not good at all.
    and who said Qualcomm overheats.
    Only Qualcomm SD 810 overheats

  • It packs 1.3GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6753 processor, the device can have good multitasking and gaming, octa core processors usually give best in performance, if you compare with quadcore, these days you will see most of the devices running on octa core processors.

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