MediaTek unveils Helio G70 chipset for entry-level gaming phones

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MediaTek unveiled a new gaming-oriented chipset for entry-level phones (and possibly some of the more affordable mid-rangers). The MediaTek Helio G70 is built on the same 12nm process as the G90 but scales back on the computational resources.

The chip houses two Cortex-A75 cores at 2GHz, plus six A55 cores. The Helio G90 has a similar setup, though it uses newer A76 cores, which are faster at the same clock speed than the A75. Only eMMC 5.1 is supported, meaning phones with the G70 will not have fast UFS storage.

Heading over to the graphics department, the chip features Mali-G52 2EEMC2 running at 820Mhz. Display resolution can be up to 1080p, tall aspect ratios up to 21:9 are supported.

CorePilot is in charge of providing consistent performance even during extended gaming sessions by controlling the CPU and GPU clock speeds. The Voice on Wakeup feature enables voice assistants with minimal power use.

Helio G70 Helio G90
CPU big cores 2x Cortex-A75 at 2.0GHz 2x Cortex-A76 at 2.05GHz
CPU little cores 6x Cortex-A55 at 1.7GHz 6x Cortex-A55 at 2.05GHz
GPU Mali-G52 2EEMC2 Mali-G76 3EEMC4
RAM Up to 8GB LPDDR4x Up to 10GB LPDDR4x
Storage eMMC 5.1 UFS 2.1, eMMC 5.1
Display 1080p, 21:9 1080p, 21:9
Cameras 48MP or 16+16MP 64MP or 24+16MP
Video recording 1080p/60fps 2160p/60fps
LTE Cat 7 down, Cat-13 up Cat-12 down, Cat 13 up
Wireless Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.0 Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.0

The ISP inside the Helio G70 supports a single 48MP camera (Quad Bayer) or two 16MP cams (the second could be ultra wide, tele, macro, whatever the maker fancies). Depth maps can be calculated in hardware and there is NeuroPilot for AI tasks (object and scene recognition, bokeh enhancement).

Besides the storage, another thing that may limit this chip’s use in mid-range models is the 1080p/60fps cap on video capture. Goodies like EIS and rolling shutter correction are on board, however.

The chipset has a modem capable of dual 4G VoLTE and 300Mbps downlink. Local connectivity is served by Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) and Bluetooth 5.0.

Chinese media claims that the MediaTek Helio G70 will be used in phones in the CNY 1,000 price segment (around $145/€130).

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