Mediatek’s Helio G90T made it’s debut in the Redmi Note 8 Pro and it has been a revelation. Other companies such as Realme and Infinix have also adopted it. Today I would like to compare it to Apple’s A10 Fusion which can be found on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus.
The A10 is a Flagship grade SoC from four years ago while the G90T is an upper mid-range SoC from last year. Has technology caught up? Let’s find out.
The Helio G90T is an octacore SoC with 2 A76 cores running at 2.05GHz and 6 A55 cores running at 2.0GHz. The A10 on the other hand is a quad core SoC with 2 Hurricane and 2 Zephyr cores with clockspeeds of 2.34Ghz and 2.0GHz respectively.
*The A10 has the better CPU cores.
Instruction Set Architecture
The G90T is built on the newer ARMv8.2-A while the A10 was built on the older ARMv8-A.
The G90T has the better ISA.
The G90T is built on a 12nm die while the A10 is built on the bigger and older 16nm.
*The G90T would be cooler and more efficient.
The G90T uses the Mali G76 MC4 GPU which is better than the PowerVR GT7600 on the A10.
The G90T uses the newer LPDDR4x which runs at a blazing 2133MHz while the A10 uses the older LPDDR4.
The G90T uses eMMC 5.1 and UFS 2.1 while the A10 uses the NVMe.
*The A10 has the better and faster storage option.
The ISPs used on both the G90T and the A10 are not specifically named. The A10 can only handle 32MP of camera resolution while the G90T can deal with 64MP easily. For video recording, the A10 records 4K video at 60fps while the G90T can also record 4K video but at a slower 30fps. The A10 plays back 4K video at a smooth 60fps while the G90T does it at a slower 30fps.
*Point goes to the A10.
The A10 uses a Qualcomm MDM9645M cat.12 modem. The G90T also uses a generic cat.12 modem as well. Both of them have uplink speeds of 150Mbps and downlink speeds of 600Mbps. They both have Wi-Fi 5 but the G90T has a better Bluetooth 5.0 while the A10 uses Bluetooth 4.2.
*Point goes to the G90T.
On Geekbench, the G90T posts scores of 495 (single core) and 1608 (multicore). The A10 has a better single core score (773) but falls short in multicore scores (1406).
On Antutu, the G90T beats the A10 with scores of 278,803 to 248,639.
The A10 Fusion is four years old (Sept, 2016), while the G90T is just a year old (July, 2019).
It speaks a lot about the longevity of the A10 that it can still go toe to toe with a current giant of the midrange market in 2020. If you are a video enthusiast, you should pick the A10 over the G90T. 4K video at 60fps is no joke at all. At the end of the day however, the G90T is the better SoC all round with the exception of video recording of course.
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