The MediaTek Helio P70 recently debuted with the Realme U1, the successor to the Realme 2 Pro. Interestingly, the Realme 2 Pro competes in nearly the same price range and is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 chipset, leaving the consumer to wonder whether the MediaTek P70 is better than Snapdragon 660 Chipset?

Other than the chipset, other relevant hardware and software on both of these phones is almost identical. Which is to say, these are ideal phones to compare the performance of Snapdragon 660 and Helio P70. So, let’s begin

Helio P70: What’s New?

The Helio P70 is the current flagship chipset from MediaTek. The company claims Advance AI with upgraded CPU and graphics performance in this new chipset. MediaTek also promises that the Helio P70 comes with better power efficiency and much improve image processing unit for better camera performance.

The Helio P70 is an octa-core chipset developed using 12nm FinFET technology. The octa-core SoC packs four Arm Cortex-A73 performance cores clocked at 2.1GHz while remaining four power-efficient Arm Cortex-A53 tick at 2.0GHz.

In comparison to the Helio P60, its successor boasts an improved Arm Mali-G72 MP3 GPU which is said to offer a 13 percent improvement in graphics performance. The biggest addition in the new chip is the multi-core APU which takes care of all the AI processing.

Helio P70 Vs Snapdragon 660 Chipset: What’s Different?

Chipset Helio P70 Snapdragon 660
Manufacturing Process TSMC 12nm FinFET production process 14nm LPP FinFET process from Samsung
CPU 4x Cortex-A73 @ 2.1 GHz
4x Cortex-A53 @ 2.0 GHz
8x Kryo 260 CPU up to 2.2 GHz
GPU ARM Mali-G72 MP3 at up to 900MHz Qualcomm Adreno 512 GPU
RAM 1X LPDDR3/LPDDR4x 933MHz, 2X LPDDR4x Up to 1800MHz up to 8GB (LPDDR4x) 2X LPDDR4/4x 1866MHz up to 8GB RAM
Camera 32MP or 24MP+16MP,
max resolution: 3840 x 2160
Up to 25 MP single camera
Up to 16 MP camera
Video Up to 32MP @ 30fps with ZSD or 16MP @ 90fps Up to 4K Ultra HD video capture @ 30FPS, Up to 1080p video capture @120 FP
Modem Cat-7 DL / Cat-13 UL, 2×2 UL CA, TAS 2.0, HUPE, IMS (VoLTE\ViLTE\WoWi-Fi), eMBMS, Dual 4G VoLTE (DSDS), Band 71 Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X12 LTE modem,
LTE Category 13 (uplink), LTE Category 12 (downlink)

MediaTek Helio P70 Vs Qualcomm 660 Benchmark Tests

For this battle of chipset supremacy in the mid-range segment, we took Realme U1 and Realme 2 Pro and tested both these phones on Antutu 7, Geekbench 4.1 for multi-core and single-core, and GFX T-Rex Graphics Score.

Antutu 7 Benchmark

On the Antutu 7 test, the Realme U1 scored 1,45,021 which is ahead of Realme 2 Pro’s 1,32,108. To put things in context, we also tested Snapdragon 636 based Redmi Note 6 Pro which managed to hit 1,15,611 mark and Snapdragon 632 powered Honor 8C which managed to touch 1,04,156. On the Antutu test, higher scores are better and it is MediaTek P70 that takes the lead.

 Geekbench 4.1Multicore

On Geekbench’s multi-core benchmark test the MediaTek P70 based Realme U1 once again stood out with a score of 6602 followed by Snapdragon 660 powered Realme 2 Pro. The third position goes to the Snapdragon 636 based Redmi Note 6 Pro with 4998 scores while more recently launched Snapdragon 632 SoC powered Honor 8C stood last with 2465.

Geekbench 4.1 Single Core

The Geekbench Single Core benchmark scoreline is almost similar to what we noticed in the multi-core test. The Realme U1 takes the first place while the Honor 8C was the least impressive one with a score of 1254.

GFX T-Rex Graphics Score

As far as graphics benchmarks are concerned, the Snapdragon 660 seems to have a clear advantage with it touching 39 frames per second on GFX R-Rex graphics benchmark test. Surprisingly, the Snapdragon 632 SoC based Honor 8C came second with 36fps, MediaTek P70 based U1 took the third spot with 35fps and Snapdragon 636 powered the Redmi Note 6 Pro came last with 34fps.

MediaTek Helio P70 Vs Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Vs Snapdragon 632 Vs Snapdragon 636: Which One Is Better?

It is evident from the above benchmark scores is that both these chipset are very close in terms of performance. Both chipsets are known for their reliable performance and generally feature in reasonable mid-range and affordable segment phones. However, strictly speaking about the benchmark it seems MediaTek helio P70 out numbers Qualcomm 660 in CPU performance while Adreno GPU continues to outclass the Mali GPU that we aaccustomedted to see with MediaTek chipsets. In practical usage, the experience on both phones felt largely the same.

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