Qualcomm is the leader when it comes to the smartphone SOC market, and it is due to the impressive Snapdragon chipsets from the company. Right now, the Snapdragon 845 is the best that Qualcomm offers and the same chip is there inside all the latest Android flagships like Samsung Galaxy S9 & S9+, OnePlus 6, LG G7 ThinQ etc. When it comes to the price segment, we know that the budget and mid-range segments are much popular than the high-end price segments.
Talking about the mid-range segment, the Snapdragon 636 is the best that Qualcomm offers in the lower mid-range segment (Below $250). But with MediaTek launching its Helio P60 chipset, the competition has become interesting. Some things make the Helio P60 a great processor, like a 12nm manufacturing process, a dedicated AI based module etc. This doesn’t make it superior to the Snapdragon 636, but there is no doubt that it can compete head to head with the Snapdragon 636.
In this article, let’s compare the Snapdragon 636 vs Helio P60, based on their benchmark scores and other aspects. In the end, you are the one to decide which one is better as we believe Benchmark scores don’t reflect the real world usage. There are a lot of other aspects that decide it apart from the benchmark scores.
It’s time for some GPU test. The 3D Mark Ice storm tests the Graphics related performance of a chipset and talking about the scores, the Oppo F7 with Helio P60 scores 23K while the Redmi Note 5 Pro with Snapdragon 636 scores around 19K. Again, these scores show that the graphics rendering is better on the Helio P60.
Well, these benchmark scores might show the Helio P60 as a superior chipset when compared to the Snapdragon 636, but you will hardly notice any difference while using these side by side as the real world usage is not going to show which one of better and up to what extent.
One thing that makes the Snapdragon 636 chipset better than the Helio P60 is that the GPU is better when it comes to handling high-end games like PUBG Mobile. On phones with Helio P60, you might need to lower the settings to ‘Low’, but you can play the game on Medium settings on the Snapdragon 636 with ease.
Now, the 12nm process might make you think that this chipset is more battery efficient as compared to the 14nm Snapdragon 636 but then again, it all depends on the software optimization. Comparing two phones with same battery size, stock android but different chipsets (Helio P60 and Snapdragon 636), the P60 will come on top due to its 12nm manufacturing process and some AI tweaks for improving battery life. But, we all know this is a pretty rare scenario.
So, what is your choice when we compare the Snapdragon 636 vs Helio P60? Do let us know via the comments section.