MediaTek Inc. is a Taiwanese semiconductor company that provides chips for wireless communications, High-definition television, handheld mobile devices like smartphones and tablet computers, navigation systems, consumer multimedia products and Digital subscriber line services as well as optical disc drives.
MediaTek has revolutionised the industry somewhat and are responsible for the following innovations:
1. First to use the ARM big.LITTLE technology (2013)
2. First to use Octacore chips (2013)
3. First to use Decacore chips (2015
4. The world’s first “multimode receiver” for wireless charging (2014)
5. On February 25, 2014, MediaTek announced the industry’s first “five-in-one” wireless chip. The SoC MT6630 supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, ANT+, GPS and FM radio.
6. MediaTek collaborated with Google on the first Ultra HD TV platform for Android TV, resulting in the development of the MT5595 digital television SoC. The product first shipped in LCD TV models made by Sony.
Mediatek was a bit of a joke in the industry, especially when they tried to enter the flagship market with the Helio X series in 2014 but it wasn’t successful so they focused more on the lower segments like Entry to budget smartphones with a lot of success. Some OEMs have used their lower end chips and touted them as midrange chips which failed terrible and has given them a really bad reputation. Although recently, Mediatek have gone a long way in repairing that bad reputation. They have even moved up to the midrange section and have announced a 5G Dimensity chipset with a view of taking on the Flagship market.
Mediatek place a premium on processing power and clock speed. Their processors are also very cheap which has made them very popular with Smartphone manufacturers. Prominent users of Mediatek chips include Samsung, Transsion, LG, Motorola, Xiaomi, Nokia etc.
Below, we’ll take a look at the prominent chipsets in each category made by Mediatek.
Mediatek has 6 types of chipset
1. Dimensity series
2. Helio G
3. Helio P
4. Helio X (discontinued for the time being)
5. Helio A
These chipsets can only carry out the basic functions of a smartphone i.e calls, sms, lite version of software e.g. FB, Android Go etc. These cannot and should not carry heavy apps. MT6580 is one of the popular chips in this section. It’s a 3G chipset made in 2015. It can still be found in Tecno Spark 3 1GB RAM model as well as several other Transsion devices especially the popular Tecno L8/L9 series. The Helio A22 is also another chip found in this range. The Redmi 6A also uses this chip. There’s also MT6732 (Sony Xperia E4) and MT6735 (LG X power) here. Others are MT6737 and 6737T (Tecno Pouvoir 2, Moto E4), MT6739 (Pouvoir 3, Alcatel Y5, Huawei Y5 prime). There’s also MT6750T, Helio P10, Helio P18 and Helio A20.
These chips can run most apps available today but do not expect too much from them. Apps may take longer periods to load and may crash a lot as well. Games should be played at low settings. The most popular chips here are Helio P22 of Infinix fame (S4 and S5). Redmi 6 also uses Helio P22. Helio P35 is also another important chipset in this range (Tecno Camon 15, Infinix S5, Vivo Y17). Others include Helio G25 (Redmi 9A), Helio P20, Helio P25, Helio X23, Helio X20, Helio P30, Helio G35
These chips are very capable. They can play most games at medium settings and loading times for apps are very good. The most popular here is the Helio P60. The Helio P70 is the same as the P60 but with faster clock speed. The P60/70 phones are Nokia X5, Oppo R15, Oppo A3, Realme 1, Realme 3. The Helio P90 is the highest on the P series and can be found in the Oppo Reno 3.
The new shiny chips in the range are Helio G70 (Realme C3, Infinix Note 7), Helio G80 (Redmi 9), Helio G85 (Redmi Note 9) and the Helio G90T (Realme 6 and Redmi Note 8 Pro). These new chips are very capable, snappy and powerful.
These chips are designed to produce flagship level performance on the cheap. The chips here are Dimensity 1000L (Oppo Reno 3 5G) and the Dimensity 800 (5G) although the Dimensity 820 has already made it’s debut in the Redmi 10X.
These chips are the best the industry have to offer. The Helio X series was made to challenge here but it failed to compete with Snapdragon and Apple bionic and was subsequently discontinued. The new Dimensity 1000 5G and Dimensity 100+ 5G chips both compete right at the top of the flagship table rubbing shoulders with the A13, SD865 and Exynos 990.
This brings us to the end of MEDIATEK, I hope you understood it. Are you using a device from any of the MEDIATEK line up? Which processor line up are you looking forward to the most? Let’s talk in the comment section, thank you.