31 July 2019
MediaTek has expanded its G-series of SoCs by launching a new and gaming-centric SoC called the Helio G90. The processor has been specifically developed to give rise to some gaming smartphones in the budget space. Mobile gaming is on the rise and MediaTek believes the fun shouldn’t be kept exclusive to high-end or premium phones. Today, the mid-range and even the budget Android-based phones offer a decent set of specs and more power can be given to them by launching some gaming-specific features so that you could enjoy even better gaming performance.
Qualcomm recently announced the Snapdragon 855 Plus, an upgraded version of its flagship SoC with an overclocked CPU and GPU to offer more solid gaming performance in the flagship segment. And, now the latest SoC by MediaTek which is Helio G90 aims to bring similar gaming performance to mid-range phones.
MediaTek has launched the Helio G90 and Helio G90T SoCs along with its HyperEngine Game technology that features an array of engines to boost the mobile gaming experience. This technology brings support for HDR10 standard, improves in-game action-to-display speeds.
Both the variants of the MediaTek G90 SoC comprise of ARM Mali-G76 GPU but the speed varies. The GPU is an upgrade over the IMG PowerVR GM9446 present on the Helio P90 SoC. This is the 10-core cluster GPU which is also found on high-chips like the Kirin 980 from Huawei. But, the one present on the Helio G90 series comes with a 4-core cluster and is based on the Bifrost architecture from 2018. According to MediaTek, the GPU offers a 30% performance boost and it has been optimized for peak gaming performance. The SoC comprises of 2x Cortex-A76 cores clocked @2.05Ghz and 6x Cortex-A55 cores. MediaTek didn’t announce this at the launch event but it appears the SoC is based on the same 12nm process as the P90.
The Helio G90 SoC also supports up to 64MP single camera or 24MP plus 16MP dual camera configurations, alongside the pixel-binning support. It includes 240fps slo-mo, as well as AI facial detection.
Xiaomi was also present at the event to announce it will be the first to make use of this chipset inside its budget device to offer better gaming performance.