Meditek has been on a roll with their chipset launches recently, the company launched the MediaTek Helio G90 last year which comfortably took on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730, beating it in many benchmarks. Then the launch of the MediaTek Dimensity 1000 promised to be the companies first big push into the flagship chipset space in years, with a specification and performance that can easily compete with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 and Exynos 990. Then the Dimensity 1000L came out, offer almost the same spec as the full fat model but featuring on an affordable OPPO Reno3, and finally, the new Dimensity 800 which again looks to compete with the new range of mid-range 5G chipsets from Qualcomm and Samsung.

Then there is the new Helio G70 which seems to be a step back. This new chipset is a gaming-oriented chipset for entry-level phones with Mediatek stating:

The MediaTek Helio G70 is ideal for mainstream smartphone users and elite mobile gamers. The G70 incorporates a pair of powerful Arm Cortex-A75 CPUs operating up to 2GHz, plus six Cortex-A55 CPUs in a single, octa-core cluster. These are interlinked and share a large L3 cache for improved performance plus up to 8GB of fast LPDDR4X memory. For gaming, an efficient, high-performance Arm Mali-G52 class graphics processor operates up to a speedy 820MHz. Together these are controlled by MediaTek's CorePilot, which maintains a reliable, consistent performance regardless of how long you’re in-game.

MediaTek Helio G70 budget gaming SoC is just a rebadged MediaTek P65 using 3-year old Cortex-A75 1

This statement makes the chipset sound impressive, but in fact, the overall specification is almost like for like with the Helio P65 which launched in the first half of last year.

From the spec, I am unable to find a single difference, certainly nothing that would provide a significant boost in performance.

 Helio G70Helio P65Helio G90
Fabrication12nm12nm12nm
CPU big cores2x Cortex-A75 at 2.0GHz2x Cortex-A75 (2.0GHz)2x Cortex-A76 at 2.05GHz
CPU little cores6x Cortex-A55 at 1.7GHz6x Cortex-A556x Cortex-A55 at 2.05GHz
GPUMali-G52 2EEMC2 820 MHz Mali-G52 2EEMC2 820 MHz Mali-G76 3EEMC4
RAMUp to 8GB LPDDR4x8GB LPDDR4xUp to 10GB LPDDR4x
StorageeMMC 5.1eMMC 5.1UFS 2.1, eMMC 5.1
Display1080p, 21:91080p+ (21:9)1080p, 21:9
Cameras48MP or 16+16MP48MP Quad Bayer, Dual 16MP64MP or 24+16MP
Video recording1080p/60fpsH.265, 1080p/60, EIS, RSC2160p/60fps
LTECat 7 down, Cat-13 upCat-12 down, Cat 13 up
WirelessWi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.0GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDouWi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.0

Both chipsets are based on the 12nm fabrication process, which the Helio G90 also uses. They both have 2x Cortex-A75 at 2.0GHz for the performance cores and they both have 6x Cortex-A55 cores.

There is no graphics uplift either as they both have a Mali-G52 GPU running at 820 MHz and they both support 8GB of LPDDR4x.

Not many phones launched with the Helio P65 with only Vivo using it on the Y19, Y5s, V17 Neo, S1 and Y7S. The Vivo 17 Nea is the same as the Vivo S1 and this launched for Vivo V17 RUB 19,990 (£249.62) in August 2019

Chinese media claims that the MediaTek Helio G70 will be used in phones in the CNY 1,000 price segment (around $145/£110). So the pricing could be the key difference between the P65 and H70.

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