In short, the most important feature in any smartphone or smart device, in general, is the processor that is inside its body, since it is what makes them work the way they work and with the speed and efficiency with which they do it. Today we are going to make a comparison between two of the best processors that MediaTek has, and this is the strong and powerful war between MediaTek Dimensity 820 vs Helio G90T. In this article, we will show some of the characteristics that these two processors provide, and we will tell you which the best choice is.
About release dates, it is obvious that the Dimensity 820 has a great advantage. This processor was shown to the world a very short time ago, on May 18 of this year, thus surprising users. Having said that, and although the Helio G90T was not presented long ago, it does have time hanging around the market, since it was presented almost a year ago, on July 9, 2019.
First off let us start with the process technology which determines the power consumption and performance of the SoC. Keep in mind the lower the number the better is the performance as well as battery life efficiency. Well, we can clearly see that the Dimensity 820 owns the first place in this category due to its 7nm LPP N7P process by TSM, while the Helio G90T gets the second place due to its 12nm process. The smaller size in the nanometers makes it possible to build smaller chips but with greater power, and the new EUV technology helps it manage energy consumption much better.
It is time to start this great comparison of processors, and we will start talking about the CPUs that are inside. Starting with the Dimensity 820, this process uses an octa-core CPU based on the similar dual-cluster design (4+4). It consists of 4 x high-performance core which is the Cortex A76 running at a speed of 2.6GHz and 4 x energy-efficient Cortex A55 cores running at a speed of 2.0GHz. In comparison to the Dimensity 800 we can see how the upper cores frequency has increased up to 200MHz. It is almost 37% better than the 800.
That being said, the Helio G90T comes with an updated Cortex A76 architecture. It has two ARM Cortex A76 high-performance cores running at a speed of 2.05GHz and six ARM Cortex A55 power-efficient cores running at a speed of 2.0GHz.
As you can see, both processors have the same Cortex A76 and Cortex A55 cores, however, the Dimensity processor has a higher amount of high-performance cores, which give it a greater operating force.
Turning to talk about the GPUs that are inside these two powerful processors, in terms of GPU performance, the Dimensity 820 has ARM Mali-G57 running at a speed of 650MHz as the GPU. Instead of the regular 4 cores in Dimensity 800, this one has on addition core, bring the number to 5 cores. It is optimized by MediaTek HyperEngine 2.0.
On the other hand, the Helio G90T uses a much powerful high-end GPU which is the 4 cores Mali-G76 3EEMC4 running at a speed of 800MHz. It’s the same GPU used in Huawei Kirin 980 SoC but with better speed. In comparison with its previous iteration, the Mali-G72 MP3 that offers twice the performance per cluster and according to ARM, this new version offers improvements in the machine learning efficiency and a bigger tile buffer for 16x anti-aliasing. Also, this processor comes with HyperEngine Game Technology incorporated.
Although the Mali-G76 that is present in the Helium works at a faster speed than the Mali-G57 of the Dimensity, this last one has an addition core, which will allow it to work in a better way and, therefore, with more power.
Moving to the scores of the AnTuTu Benchmark v8, official claims that the overall performance of the MediaTek Dimensity 820 scores around 415,277 points. That being said, the Helio G90T inside the Redmi Note 8 Pro got around 280,000 points.
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Now, talking about AI, and similar to the other Dimensity SoCs, the 820 features the MediaTek APU 3.0. It brings AI features like AI-Recognition (for example, objects, scenes, or people), AI-Super Resolution, and AI-deblur functions. The rumored score on AI-benchmark is 40315 points the same as the Dimensity 1000L processor which also has the same APU.
With that said, the Helio G90T is quite known for its dual MediaTek APU running at a speed of750MHz which outperforms that of Snapdragon 710. So, it does have an AI camera and features such as intelligent resource management.
Moving to the ISP, Dimensity 820 features ImagiQ 5.0 ISP. The single-camera support is 80MP and the dual camera support is up to 32 megapixels +16 megapixels (30fps). In terms of video recording, it can capture a 4K HDR video. With that said, the camera mount of the Helio G90T stands out for allowing single-lens cameras up to 64 megapixels with quad-pixel technology (merging 4 pixels into one for better lighting and details), or duals up to 24 megapixels + 16 megapixels. It also supports combinations of three and four lenses, with an integrated depth calculation engine and support for video recording at up to 240 fps.
Just as you can see, the Helio processor is capable of allowing cameras that reach up to 64 megapixel quality compared to 32 megapixels + 16 megapixels of the Dimensional processor, however, the latter is capable of recording videos in 4K quality, which the G90T cannot do. Because of this, and because they both work so well and complement each other, we will consider this a tie.
As for connectivity, The Dimensity 820 does support 5G networking and features global sub-6GHz 5G networks and promises up to 3.5Gbps download speeds and up to 1.25Gbps upload speed. It also supports dual SIM 5G. Mediatek 5G UltraSave technology achieves excellent power efficiency. Sadly, there is no support for mmWave 5G.
Having said that, the Helio G90T comes with the modem Cat-12, 3xCA offering better upload and download speeds and incredible signal strength (4×4 MIMO). It’s Gigabit-class connectivity. Also, comes with Wifi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, and four positioned GPS + GLONASS + Beidou + Galileo. Dual Wifi antennas are also supported. Lastly, CorePilot, NeuroPilot, Pump Express, Tiny Sensor Hub, Integrated VoW, and HyperEngine Game Technology are present in this processor.
Regarding their price, the Redmi Note 8 Pro, which inside has the Helio G90T processor, is sold in the world market along with a very attractive price tag of $250, taking the prize in this price category. On the other hand, and since MTK isn’t limited to any phones, we might see a large price range of phones featuring Dimensity 820. Recently, the Redmi 10X is expected to release soon featuring this SoC, for a price of $212, so, yes, this SoC is bringing 5G in the mid-end budget-friendly category and the winner in this category.
Concluding this Dimensity 820 vs Helio G90T comparison, we must say that it depends on the user to select the processor that best suits its needs. That being said, and guiding us through the categories that were presented in this article, it can be seen that, although the Helio G90T has great features and is capable of providing good specifications, the Dimensity 820 processor works in a slightly better way, so, between these two processors, the MediaTek Dimensity 820 takes the winner trophy.