THIS ARTICLE IS ALL ABOUT THE MEDIATEK HELIO G90T VS SNAPDRAGON 730 COMPARISON & WE TRIED TO COMPARE EVERYTHING FROM THE CPU, ARCHITECTURE, GPU, CAMERA SUPPORT TO THE BENCHMARK SCORES.
There was a time MediaTek SOCs were nowhere near those from Qualcomm in a similar segment, but this has completely changed now. We have seen some incredible smartphone chipsets from MediaTek that are comparable to even better than those from Qualcomm in the same segment. In July, MediaTek launched its best mid-range SOCs till date, the Helio G90 & Helio G90T.
The MediaTek Helio G90T is the same chipset that powers the recently launched Redmi Note 8 Pro & if you have seen the launch, you know that it is one of the most powerful mid-range SOC currently in the market. In fact, the ‘G’ in the name stands for ‘Gaming’ so this chip is also about the performance.
So, how does the MediaTek Helio G90 compares to the Snapdragon 730? Well, here is the MediaTek Helio G90T vs Snapdragon 730 Comparison & it is a Full In-Depth comparison where we compare everything in detail. As always, let’s start first with the specifications of both the chipsets.
MEDIATEK HELIO G90T VS SNAPDRAGON 730 – SPECIFICATIONS
MediaTek Helio G90T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730
2x Cortex A76 + 6x Cortex A55
64-bit 8x Qualcomm Kryo 470 CPU
4th Generation multi-core Qualcomm AI Engine
Up to 2.05GHz
Up to 2.2GHz
ARM Mali-G76 3EEMC4 GPU @ 800MHz
Qualcomm Adreno 618 GPU
64MP Single Camera
24MP + 16MP Dual Cameras
Qualcomm Spectra 350 ISP
Dual Camera, MFNR, ZSL, 30fps: Up to 22 MP
Single Camera, MFNR, ZSL, 30fps: Up to 36 MP
Single Camera, MFNR: Up to 48 MP
Single Camera: Up to 192 MP
Up to FHD+ (2520 x 1080)
Up to FHD+ (2520x1080)
Cat-12 4G LTE Modem
Download Speeds up to 1Gbps Download
MediaTek Smart Antenna Switching
Qualcomm Snapdragon X15 LTE modem
Starting off with the manufacturing process, the MediaTek Helio G90T is based on the 12nm manufacturing process, whereas the Snapdragon 730 on the 8nm manufacturing process. So, this gives the Snapdragon 730 a big edge over the Helio G90T as it is more power-efficient & in theory, better in terms of the performance on paper. But yes, when it comes to real-world performance, you will hardly notice any difference in the performance.
Talking about the CPU, the Snapdragon 730 features the Kryo 470 CPU that has 2X Kryo Gold cores clocked at 2.2GHz & 6X Kryo Silver cores clocked at 1.8GHz. In other words, there are two high-performance cores & two efficiency ones.
Talking about the MediaTek Helio G90T, it has the 2X Cortex-A76 cores clocked at 2.05GHz & 6X Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 2.0GHz.
Now, don’t get confused with the naming. The Kryo 470 Gold Cores are basically Cortex-A76 cores tweaked by Qualcomm. And similarly, the Silver cores are Cortex-A55 cores. So yes, both the Snapdragon 730 as well as Helio G90T have the same core-arrangement, but it all comes down to the clock speeds.
While the high-performance Cortex-A76 cores are clocked at 2.2GHz in case of Snapdragon 730, it’s 2.05Ghz in case of the MediaTek Helio G90T. This, in theory, gives the Snapdragon 730 an edge in terms of the CPU performance.
Qualcomm has always been better than MediaTek when it comes to GPUs in its chipsets. The Snapdragon 730 features the Adreno 618 GPU. Now, while Qualcomm doesn’t list the frequency, some sites claim that it’s 500MHz. When it comes to the MediaTek Helio G90T, it features the ARM Mali-G76 3EEMC4 GPU with up to 800MHz frequency.
Also, it is a gaming SOC, so the GPU definitely needs to be powerful. So, on paper, it seems like G90T beats the Snapdragon 730 easily when it comes to GPU performance.
The MediaTek Helio G90T supports 64MP camera & that is one of the highlights of it. The Snapdragon 730 has Spectra 350 ISP which has the Computer Vision ISP (CV-ISP) to bring brilliant, brand-new camera capabilities to the 7-series. The CV-ISP delivers up to 4x power savings and adds features including 4K HDR video capture with Portrait Mode, Cinemagraph Video and Object Segmentation.
It also captures HD slo-mo video at 960fps and saves your photos and videos in HEIF format so you can document life from multiple angles and store it all at half the size of traditional file storage formats.
DISPLAY & STORAGE SUPPORT
Both the Snapdragon 730 as well as the MediaTek Helio G90T support up to FHD+ displays. When it comes to the storage support, the Snapdragon 730 supports up to 8GB LPDDR4X RAM whereas the MediaTek Helio G90T supports up to 10GB LPDDR4X RAM at 2,133MHz. Both support UFS 2.1 storage.
In terms of the connectivity, there is Qualcomm X15 LTE modem in the Snapdragon 730 SOC that provided download speeds up to 800Mbps (Cat.15) & uploads speeds up to 150Mbps (Cat.13). The MediaTek Helio G90T features a Cat.12 LTE Modem.
The MediaTek Helio G90T has the HyperEngine technology which has features like Dual WiFi Connection, Resource Management Engine, Picture Quality Engine, Rapid response Engine, Networking Engine & Call, and Data concurrency.
MEDIATEK HELIO G90T VS SNAPDRAGON 730 – BENCHMARKS
Well, as we do in all our comparison posts, it’s time to talk about the benchmarks because let’s just be honest, while we know that benchmarks don’t necessarily reflect real-world usage, it is something that most of the users look at when they want to know the performance of any phone.
The AnTuTu V7 is the older version of AnTuTu as the V8 is here to replace it. On AnTuTu V7, the MediaTek Helio G90T scores around 225K, which is an impressive score for sure. Breaking down the score, the chipset scores around 85,000 in CPU, 70,000 in GPU, 55,000 in UX & 14500 in Memory.
Talking about the AnTuTu V7 score of the Snapdragon 730, it scores around 216K. As we can see, the CPU score is around 90,000, which means it is 5,000 points higher than that of MediaTek Helio G90T. This is, as mentioned above, due to the higher clock speed of high-performance Cortex-A76 cores.
There is a big difference in the GPU score as it is around 58,000 in case of Snapdragon 730, which is around 12,000 points lower than that of Helio G90T. So yes, the GPU is definitely more powerful in the Helio G90T & that’s all for a superb gaming experience.
There is not a big difference in the UX & Memory scores.
The MediaTek Helio G90T scores around 280K on AnTuTu V8 & this new version takes into account a lot of other factors & that’s why the scores are generally this high. But, don’t make the mistake of comparing V8 scores with that of V7 as we saw some blogs comparing two scores & saying that there is a huge difference.
While we don’t have the AnTuTu V8 score of Snapdragon 730, it is definitely not much different than that of Helio G90T, just as in case of AnTuTu V7.
Talking about the Geekbench scores, the Snapdragon 730 scores around 2,500 on single-core & around 6,900 on multi-core. The MediaTek Helio G90 scores around 2,400 on single-core & around 7,000 on multi-core. So, you can expect the score of G90T to be a bit higher but not with a big margin.
Almost every SOC these days features AI tricks up its sleeves & it is necessary to benchmark the AI capabilities of a SOC. Thankfully, we have AI Benchmark for that. The MediaTek Helio G90T scores a 12,574 while the Snapdragon 730 scores 13,940. So yes, there is not a huge difference in the AI Benchmark scores as well.
MEDIATEK HELIO G90T VS SNAPDRAGON 730 – CONCLUSION
Well, as you saw, there is hardly any major difference between the two SOCs except for the fact that the Helio G90T has a better & more powerful GPU than Snapdragon 730 which means if you want the best gaming experience, the G90T is a better option. But, the Snapdragon 730 seems like a balanced SOC which is powerful but also power efficient, thanks to 8nm architecture & lower clocked efficiency cores.
You might argue that Snapdragon chipsets support better development while MediaTek chipsets don’t. We will have to see how the development of custom ROMs & other mods for Redmi Note 8 Pro happens. Then only, we can say if this point is valid in 2019.
So, what SOC would you choose if you have two phones to choose from, one with MediaTek Helio G90T & the other with Snapdragon 730? Do let us know via the comments section.