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 most popular processors that MediaTek and Qualcomm have, and this is the strong and powerful war between Helio P95 vs Snapdragon 855. 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.
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. The Helio P95 features the same process of the two years old Helio P90 which is TSMC’s 12nm FinFET process… Honestly, that’s a disappointment because, in 2020, we have 7nm and 8nm process targeting the upper mid-end performance SoCs market. Taking aside, the Snapdragon 855 uses the basic 7nm LPP process which defined the top SoC at its time of release.
Being that Snapdragon 855 boasts a 8nm process in comparison with its MediaTek competitor, we can surely see the advantages that it provides in turns of performance and battery life something that we come to expect in this range of phones.
It is time to start this great comparison of processors, and we will start talking about the CPUs that are inside. The CPU of the Helio P95 consists of an eight-core cluster, two of them are ARM Cortex A75 at a speed of 2.2 GHz, for the most demanding and complex tasks, while we then have six Cortex A55 cores at 2.0 GHz, for one Greater energy efficiency.
On the other hand, the Snapdragon 855 uses a Kryo 485 CPU based on a semi-custom ARM Cortex technology. It’s a tri-cluster (1+3+4) design consisting of Cortex A76 core at 2.84GHz, three Cortex A76 cores at 2.42GHz and four Cortex A55 cores at 1.8GHz. This can achieve up to 45% improvement in performance compared to the flagship platform of the previous generation.
Not only SD 855 has more frequency but the upper generation of Cortex cores which is Cortex A76, meanwhile, Helio P95 has the old Cortex A75. So, Snapdragon 765G CPU is way faster than that of Helio P95.
Turning to talk about the GPUs that are inside these two powerful processors, the GPU in the Helio P95 is the same as in Helio P90, the IMG PowerVR GM 9446, although according to MediaTek the performance has improved by 10%. It supports up to 8 GB of LPDDR4x RAM and the maximum screen resolution of 2,520 x 1,080 pixels.
That being said, the Qualcomm Adreno 640 ~675 MHz GPU present in the Snapdragon 855 offers graphics processing speeds up to 20% faster compared to previous generations while maintaining the industry-leading performance per watt.
Helio P95 GPU had a close call with Snapdragon 855 GPU, however, Adreno 620 is simply on the next level with 2x (100% better) performance of IMG PowerVR GM 9446.
Due to AI, the smoothness and the management of the Android are determined. AI also brings features such as AI power management, AI camera and so on. MTK claims that Helio P95’s APU 2.0 (AI processing unit) achieves a 10% increase in benchmark performance versus the previous generation, making it one of the most powerful AI processing engines available for 4G smartphones. Well, it’s not the most powerful one in 4G smartphones because we already have Kirin 810 with DaVinci architecture. On the other hand, the Snapdragon 855 had the previous version which was Hexagon 690.
As for connectivity, the Helio P95 does not present changes, since it maintains the 4G connectivity of its predecessor by including the 4G LTE modem. It also maintains support for WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 5.0. Nor are there changes in terms of support for VoLTE, WFC and FM radio calls. Camera support has also not changed in this processor. Camera support of up to 64 megapixels is maintained in case of a single lens or support for double cameras of 24 + 16 megapixels. The supported video recording is up to 2,840 x 2,160 UFS 2.1.
Now, while those are the connectivity options of the Helio processor, the Snapdragon 855 has an integrated X24 LTE modem for 4G only. 5G is only possible if the manufacturer decides to use the external X50 modem which gives a download rate of 5 Gbit/s and indeed consumes more power and occupies more space. Another minor aspect is that the SD 855 supports Bluetooth 5.1.
Regarding its price, MediaTek processors usually have very low prices, and although the OPPO Reno 3 Pro (Indian Version) is the only phone that owns the Helio P95, it is not yet available, so we do not have a real price. With that being said, It looks like we won’t see SD 855 in 2020, maybe one or two flagships with SD 855+. Thus, the price of SD 855 will start to fall. The phone incorporating the SD 855 might range from around 350 to 400 USD in 2020. It would most probably be gaming phones such as Redmi K30 and so on.
Concluding this Helio P95 vs Snapdragon 855 comparison, we must say that it depends on the user to select the processor that best suits its needs. That being said, and guided by this comparison, it can be seen that the Snapdragon 855 works slightly in a better way compared to the Helio P95, but as we always say, it all depends on the tastes and needs of the user.