Snapdragon 636 vs MediaTek Helio P60 Comparison – Which one is better?
Qualcomm is the leader when it comes to the smartphone SOC market, and it is due to the impressive Snapdragon chipsets from the company. Right now, the Snapdragon 845 is the best that Qualcomm offers and the same chip is there inside all the latest Android flagships like Samsung Galaxy S9 & S9+, OnePlus 6, LG G7 ThinQ etc. When it comes to the price segment, we know that the budget and mid-range segments are much popular than the high-end price segments.
Talking about the mid-range segment, the Snapdragon 636 is the best that Qualcomm offers in the lower mid-range segment (Below $250). But with MediaTek launching its Helio P60 chipset, the competition has become interesting. Some things make the Helio P60 a great processor, like a 12nm manufacturing process, a dedicated AI based module etc. This doesn’t make it superior to the Snapdragon 636, but there is no doubt that it can compete head to head with the Snapdragon 636.
In this article, let’s compare the Snapdragon 636 vs Helio P60, based on their benchmark scores and other aspects. In the end, you are the one to decide which one is better as we believe Benchmark scores don’t reflect the real world usage. There are a lot of other aspects that decide it apart from the benchmark scores.
1 SNAPDRAGON 636 VS HELIO P60 – THE SPECIFICATIONS
2 SNAPDRAGON 636 VS HELIO P60 – LET’S TALK ABOUT THE BENCHMARK SCORES
2.1 ANTUTU BENCHMARK SCORE –
2.2 GEEKBENCH SCORE –
2.3 3D MARK ICE STORM (VIA) –
‘>MediaTek Helio P70
‘>4 x Cortex-A73, 2.1GHz, 1MB L2 4 x Cortex-A53, 2.0GHz, 1MB L2
‘>Up to 8GB (LPDDR4x) up to 4GB (LPDDR3)
‘>2 x ISP 16MP @ 60fps
‘>Up to 4K videos
‘>Cat-13, 2CA with 256QAM
Along with that, the SoC gets a Qualcomm Spectra 160 image signal processor with support for Qualcomm’s Clear Sight camera features. Diving further into the optics, the SD660 allows users to capture up to 4K Ultra HD videos at 30fps and in 1080p resolution at 120fps. To drive the graphics needs, the chipset comes with an Adreno 512 GPU. The Snapdragon 660 SoC supports up to 8GB of RAM.
Moving on to MediaTek’s Helio P70 chipset, the SoC is based on TSMC 12nm FinFET production process, which has been claimed to use up to 15 percent lower power than the 14nm-class products. The octa-core chip packs four ARM Cortex-A73 cores clocked at 2.1GHz, whereas the remaining four power-efficient ARM Cortex-A53 cores are running at 2.0GHz. The processor also packs a 4G LTE WorldMode modem. In terms of optics, the SoC allows for up to a dual-camera setup with a 24MP+16MP combination or a single sensor with up to 32MP resolution. If we talk about camera-specific features, there’s facial detection and scene detection, hardware warping engine (EIS), anti-blooming engine, multi-frame noise reduction, real-time HDR recording and viewing, and PDAF among others. To drive the graphics needs, you get an ARM Mali-G72 MP3 GPU and there are multi-threading optimisations, as well as a focus on latency improvements in critical user areas to offer an improved gameplay experience.
On paper, both the chips seem to be at par with each other. But the fact that the Helio P60 features 12nm die size, the System-on-Chip from MediaTek promises more efficiency over the Snapdragon 660, which is based on the 14nm fabrication process.
When it comes to the camera, the Helio P70 sports the same specs as the Helio P60, which means that the triple image signal processor returns. The P70 can support up to a 24MP + 16MP dual camera array. If it’s a single camera gig (which is a rarity these days), it can support a 32MP shooter. Besides, MediaTek has also introduced a high-resolution depth engine to enhance portraits. It’s worth noting that this chipset brings AI facial detection, real-time HDR capture, and a faster shooting mode.
Following are some of the photos taken from the Helio P70-powered Realme U1.
Interestingly, Qualcomm has launched the duo of Qualcomm Clear Sight and Spectra 160 ISP chip. Both of these combine to give more light and less noise, and the Spectra 160 ISP chip brings in faster autofocus, accurate color reproduction along with zero shutter lag.
However, it remains to be seen how phone manufacturers employ these techniques on their camera modules. On the specs end, the Snapdragon 660 can support up to a 25-megapixel camera or two 16-megapixel cameras.
Following are some of the photos taken from the Snapdragon 660-powered Realme Pro.
We felt that the Realme U1 produced better and sharper images, with accurate color reproduction in normal light scenarios, with indoor images almost at par with each other.
But then again, let’s not put this entirely on the mobile processors. Picture quality partly depends on how phone makers optimize the processor and partly on other hardware specifications like the lens they use.
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MediaTek Helio P60 vs Snapdragon 660: Which Is The Best Mid-Range SoC?
MediaTek unveiled its best midrange chipset ever at MWC 2018: the Helio P60. It is a SoC which we will see in smartphones focused on the quality-price ratio, and this means that it will rival the Snapdragon 6xx series by Qualcomm. To be accurate, considering that it is actually the best SoC by MediaTek launched in 2018, it will rival the Snapdragon 660, which is the best mid-end chipset by Qualcomm. Indeed, the first benchmarks have already shown similar results. But, you know, benchmarks are not everything order to evaluate the performance of a smartphone. So, let’s see which are the differences between MediaTek Helio P60 vs Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, at least on the paper.
MediaTek Helio P60 has been built with a 12 nm production process, that is better than the 14 nm production process of the Snapdragon 660. This should make the new MediaTek SoC more power-efficient and provide a very low energy consumption. On the other hand, Snapdragon 660 has a higher clock frequency and an Adreno 512 GPU which I define better than the Mali G72 MP3 found on its opponent. So, the Snapdragon 660 may have better performance both in daily use and gaming. The Snapdragon 660 has a slightly better modem as well (Cat. 13 vs Cat. 7 DL), and the battery charging is faster thanks to the Quick Charge 4.0.
But the MediaTek Helio P60 has an advanced dedicated module for AI, which can perform deep-learning facial detection, scene recognition, AR and MR acceleration, and more smart tasks: it is called NeuroPilot. At last, MediaTek Helio P60 should be included in smartphones with a more affordable price
Snapdragon 636 Mobile Platform
High-end features in the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 636 mobile platform make this a powerful 600-tier platform, with a Qualcomm Spectra™ ISP, a Qualcomm® Kryo™ CPU built on ARM Cortex technology, and a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X12 LTE modem for up to 600 Mbps downlink speeds. Designed to support advanced photography and enhanced gaming, Snapdragon 636 boasts long battery life and fast LTE speeds for top-tier smartphones and tablet.
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