Today, smartphones for e-sports have become an attractive segment for manufacturers. For this purpose, Qualcomm has added a powerful GPU to the Snapdragon 855 Plus (an improved version of the Snapdragon 855), while Huawei integrates Turbo GPU for its Kirin chips.
Poster advertising MediaTek's new mobile chip
This makes other chip manufacturers lag behind and it is especially true for MediaTek. We all know the biggest drawback of MediaTek chips has been the weak GPU and the average gaming performance. However, these details did not prevent the Taiwanese manufacturer from launching Helio G90 – the chip aimed at mobile gaming devices.
Qualcomm introduced the Snapdragon 855 Plus last night. It has an upgraded version of Snapdragon 855. The CPU core frequency has been increased from 2.84GHz to 2.96 GHz and the GPU frequency has been increased from 585 MHz to 675 MHz. Undoubtedly, it will be used in next generation gaming smartphones.
With MediaTek, they also want to participate in the mobile gaming market. The newly released poster says the manufacturer will launch the Helio G90, a chip for mobile gaming devices.
Currently, MediaTek's most advanced processor is Helio P90. It was launched last year. The chip is based on a 12nm process and consists of two Cortex A75 cores (2.2GHz) and six Cortex A55 cores (2.0GHz). GPU comes from Imagination, namely IMG 9XM-HP8 GPU (PowerVR gm9446) with 970 MHz frequency. It provides 50% faster performance than MP3 P60 / 70, Mali-G72.
However, the Helio P90 is still positioned for the mid-end segment. Its main rivals are the Snapdragon 600 and Snapdragon 700 series. After all, the 12nm process is two generations lower than the current Kirin 980 and Snapdragon 855. Therefore, it cannot be considered a high-end processor at this time.
Earlier this year, MediaTek announced that it will launch its top mobile processor in 2019. In particular, it said the new chip will be upgraded to 7nm process and can support 5G. So there are many reasons to think that the Helio G90 will be produced based on the 7nm process and will appear on 5G handheld devices.