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MediaTek’s new chips aim to bring better gaming to cheaper phones

MediaTek has unveiled two brand new chipsets that are aimed squarely at mobile gamers who want to save a bit of cash.

MediaTek has unveiled two new chipsets in its G-series, named the Helio G70 and Helio G80, both of which are focused on gaming performance thanks to its “HyperEngine” technology, which aims “to boost the mobile gaming experience through eye-popping image quality, the smoothest moves in any online world, and the fastest, most reliable network connections.” These two chips follow the Helio G90T, which was released in July 2019 and featured on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro.

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Currently our top pick for the best gaming phone is the Black Shark 2, which has a flagship Snapdragon 855 chip with up to 12GB of RAM, on top of 120Hz touch responsiveness – specifications which belie its very reasonable price. We were also very impressed with the capabilities of the OnePlus 7 Pro, which is not a dedicated gaming phone but nonetheless boasts incredible performance stats. It’s unlikely that these new MediaTek chips can compete with heavy-hitters such as those, but nonetheless we’re looking forward to seeing whether they can offer a strong gaming performance on a modest budget.

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Below are the key specifications for each chipset, along with the headline features as claimed by the manufacturer:

MediaTek Helio G80

  • CPU: Octa-core, with 2 ARM Cortex-A75 cores @ 2GHz and the remaining 6 ARM Cortex-A55 cores @ 1.8GHz
  • GPU: ARM Mali-G52 MC2 with maximum frequency of 950MHz
  • Memory: LPDDR4x with 1800MHz maximum frequency and 8GB maximum size, on eMMC 5.1 storage
  • Boosted Clock Speeds
  • HyperEngine Connectivity Enhancements
  • Boosted AI
  • Multi-Camera Photography with Premium Picture Quality
  • Secure ISP
  • Integrated Voice on Wake-Up
  • Highly Accurate Positioning Engine
  • Dual 4G VoLTE and Reliable Wi-Fi

MediaTek Helio G70

  • CPU: Octa-core, with 2 ARM Cortex-A75 cores @ 2GHz and the remaining 6 ARM Cortex-A55 @ 1.7GHz
  • GPU: ARM Mali-G52 MC2 with maximum frequency of 820MHz
  • Memory: LPDDR4x with 1800MHz maximum frequency and 8GB maximum size, on eMMC 5.1 storage
  • Powerful Processing
  • Advanced Multi-Camera Photography with Secure ISP
  • Integrated Voice Wake-Up
  • Fast AI Performance
  • Accurate Positioning and Dual 4G VoLTE

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