So we are getting to the end of our series of materials on mobile processors (or to be precise, systems on crystals). We know the basic information about what they are, and also familiar with the rulers of Qualcomm Snapdragon, HiSilicon Kirin (Huawei and Honor) and Samsung Exynos. At this time, we consider the chips of the Chinese manufacturer MediaTek.

There are a lot of chips in its assortment, though not all of those produced in 15 years are worthy of attention. This will not be an exhaustive list, but a description of those that were either significant at the time or remain relevant today.

We will ignore the first 10 years of the company’s achievements and tell only about its history, starting in 2013, when it began to create systems on the ARMv7 architecture.

Dual core

MT6570 is the most accessible of the currently relevant systems, which, however, is suitable only for an ultra-budget smartphone.

MT6572M (2014), MT6572 (2013), MT6571 (2014), MT6570 (2014)
Made on 28 nm process technology
Work on two cores Cortex-A7
Graphic accelerator Mali-400 MP1
Support LPDDR2 memory, and MT6570 – LPDDR3
3G connectivity only

Quad core

A whole line of chips that differ from the previous one by twice the large number of cores, and among them have a minimum of differences

Helio P, Helio X and MT67xx

MT6580, MT6582 (M), MT6589 (M, T), MT6588
Made on 28 nm process technology
4 core Cortex-A7 with a frequency from 1.2 to 1.7 GHz
Accelerators Mali-400 MP2, Mali-450 MP4 and PowerVR SGX544 MP
LPDDR2 and LPDDR3 memory

3G connection

On the MediaTek website, only the MT6580 and MT6582, which support HD displays and 13 megapixel cameras, are now represented.

MT6591, MT6592 (M), MT6595 (M)
28 nm process technology
6-10 cores Cortex-A7 or Cortex-A17 with a frequency of 1.4 GHz to 2.2 GHz
Accelerators Mali-450 MP4 and PowerVR 6200
LPDDR3 with transmission speeds up to 14.9 Gbps
4G communication support in MT6595 and MT6595M


Although the next line is frankly weak in performance, yet due to the use of modern architecture, its chips are relevant, especially for small Chinese manufacturers.

MT6732 (M), MT6735 (P, M), MT6737 (T), MT6738 (T), MT6739
These chips should be compared with the Snapdragon 400 line. They are put into smartphones for $ 150, not more.

All made on 28 nm process technology

8 Cortex-A53 cores with a frequency from 1.1 GHz to 1.5 GHz
The Mali-T720 MP2, Mali-T760 MP2, Mali-T860 MP2, and PowerVR GE8100 Accelerators
The Cat-4 modem (150 Mbit / s download and 51 Mbit / s return), and the MT6738 – Cat-6 (300 Mbit / download)
All support HD displays, and MT6373T supports Full HD.
MT6750 (T, S), MT6752 (S, M), MT6753
8 Cortex-A53 cores with a frequency from 1 to 1.7 GHz
Graphic Accelerators Mali-T760 MP2, Mali-T860 MP2
LPDDR3 memory support up to 4 GB
Cameras 16-21 Mp
Displays Full HD, Full HD +, and the MT6750 – only HD
Cat-4 and Cat 6 modems (150 and 300 Mbps downloads)
For smartphones with these chips you should not give more than $ 200

Helio A and Helio P

At some point, the company realized that not only manufacturers are interested in chips, but also consumers who find it difficult to understand these MT674 … and began to develop their systems in three lines: X, P and A. The latter so far includes only one chip. X was supposed to be the flagship, but it didn’t really work out; therefore, the manufacturer has paused for the time being and focuses on the mid-budget decisions of Helio P.

Helio A22 (June 2018)
12 nm process technology
4 core Cortex-A53 with a frequency of 2 GHz
Undefined accelerator PowerVR GE
Supports one 21 megapixel or two (13 + 8 megapixel) cameras
Display up to HD +
Cat-4 modem (150 Mbps download)
Helio P22 (June 2018)
It was introduced simultaneously with the A22 and differs as follows:

8 Cortex-A53 cores

PowerVR GR8320
Helio P10 (Q4 2015), Helio P15 (3 2016), Helio P18 (1 2018), Helio P20 (3 2016)
Cheapest from the line Helio P
28 nm process technology
8 Cortex-A53 cores in clusters of 4 productive (2-2.2 GHz) and 4 energy efficient (1.2 GHz)
Mali-T860 MP2, Mali-T880
LPDDR3 memory, while the P20 has LPDDR4x (up to 12.8 Gbit / s download)
4G communication
Helio P23 (3rd quarter of 2017), Helio P25 (2 2017), Helio P30 (3 2017)
16 nm process technology
8 cores Cortex-A53 with a frequency of 2.3 GHz (2.6 GHz for Helio P25)
Mali-G71 MP2 and Mali-T880 MP2 on Helio P25
LPDDR4x memory
Support one 24 megapixel camera or two 13 megapixel each
Displays up to Full HD
Cat-6, Cat-7 modems (up to 300 Mbit / s download)

Helio P, Helio X and MT67xx

4G communication

On paper, the chips are similar to the Snapdragon 625 and Snapdragon 450, but Qualcomm systems are more productive due to the smaller process technology.

Helio x

Helio X20 (Q4 2015), Helio X23 (2017), Helio X25 (4 2015), Helio X27 (1 2017)
20 nm process technology
10 cores from three clusters (Cortex-A72 up to 2.6 GHz, 4 Cortex-A53 with a frequency of up to 2 GHz, and another 4 Cortex-A53 up to 1.6 GHz)
Mali-T880 MP4 Accelerator
Cat-6 (up to 300 Mbit / s download)
Camera up to 32 MP
At the moment, MediaTek has suspended the development of the Helio X line.

Main products

Helio X30 (Q1 2017)
10 nm FinFET + process technology
2 core Cortex-A73 up to 2.5 GHz, 4 Cortex-A53 up to 2.2 GHz and 4 Cortex-A35 up to 1.9 GHz
PowerVR GT7400Plus
4G communication
The X30 turned out to be a good, but completely unpopular system, which is why the company decided to focus on creating midbudget chips.

Helio P60 (Q1 2018)

12 nm process technology
4 Cortex-A73 cores up to 2 GHz and 4 Cortex-A53 up to 2 GHz
Mali-G72 accelerator
Cat-7 Modem
Despite the use of productive cores, this is not the flagship competitor of Qualcomm’s mid-range chips — in particular, the very popular Snapdragon 660.


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