MediaTek launched the Helio G90 series in July of 2019, since then only one phone I am aware of used the chipset, the incredibly popular Redmi Note 8 Pro.

The new Realme 6 series is set to launch soon, the Pro variant is tipped to be the first phone to feature the new Snapdragon 720G while the more affordable standard model will feature the Helio G90. This is the standard G90 note the G90t featured on the Redmi Note 8 Pro, so how much of a performance difference will there be between the two Realme 6 models, and is the Helio G90 much slower than the Helio G90t?

MediaTek Helio G90 vs Helio G90t vs  Snapdragon 720G Specification

As you would expect, they have identical specifications but with different clock speeds of the two Mediatek chipsets.

CPU

For the CPU there is very little difference:

  • MediaTek Helio G90
    • 2x Arm Cortex-A76 clocked @2.0 GHz
    • 6x Arm Cortex-A55 clocked @2.0 GHz
  • MediaTek Helio G90t
    • 2x Arm Cortex-A76 clocked @2.05 GHz
    • 6x Arm Cortex-A55 clocked @2.0 GHz
  • Snapdragon 720G
    • 2 x Kryo 470 (Arm Cortex-A76) @ 2.2GHz
    • 6x Kryo 470 (Arm Cortex-A55) @ 1.8GHz

This represents just a 2.5% increase in the CPU frequency for the two performance cores of the Helio chipsets and a 10% improvement moving from the Helio G90 to the •   Snapdragon 720G

GPU

With the GPU you get:

  • MediaTek Helio G90
    • Arm Mali-G76 3EEMC4 @720 MHz, HyperEngine
  • MediaTek Helio G90t
    • Arm Mali-G76 3EEMC4 @800 MHz, HyperEngine
  • Snapdragon 720G
    • Adreno 618

That 80Mhz bump in speed represents an 11% in clock speeds, so it should make quite a bit of difference to gaming, and other GPU orientated tasks.

Qualcomm has no revealed much about the Adreno 618 GPU so specification comparisons are a little hard. It is the same GPU as you find in the Snapdragon 730 but they have no stated how fast it is clocked.

Geekbench Benchmark Results

Realme 6 with Helio G90

A recent Geekbench listing appears to show the results of the Realme 6 with its codename RMX2001, complimenting the Helio G90 is 8GB RAM.

It manages to achieve 508 for the single-core and 1633 for multi-core.

When reviewed the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro I achieved a Geekbench result of 504 and 1641 but the official benchmark page has it at 484/1587

A recent listing for the Realme RMX2061 popped up on Geekbench earlier in the week. This is expected to be the Realme 6 Pro. The phone manages a score of 571 for the single-core and 1676 for multi-core.

So moving from the standard Realme 6 to the Pro model yields a 12% improvement for the single-core and a 2.63% improvement across all cores. Considering they both use the same CPU layout, taking into account the clocks, these results seem accurate. The SD720G has 11% better clocks on the single-core, but lower speeds on the low powered cores.

Antutu Benchmark Results

Currently, no leaks have occurred on Antutu benchmarks for the Realme 6.

A leak back in 2019 did show the Helio G90 scoring 222,282.

The Helio G90t on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro managed superb results with a total score of 281295 which outperformed the Snapdragon 730G of the Realme X2 which managed 258311.

Pricing

At the moment we have no idea about the price of the Realme 6 series. They always price their phones extremely competitively and I would say like for like they have been more affordable than Xiaomi in the past year.

The current Realme 5 and 5 Pro sell for 169 and 199-Euros or you can buy the Realme 5 Pro from Amazon UK for £199.00

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro is available on Amazon for £209

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