MediaTek has launched a new SoC for smartphones today – the Helio G80. To recall, the brand launched the G series line up of chipsets back in July with the G90 and the G90T models. And expanded the series further with the launch of a less powerful, Helio G70 SoC last month. As the name suggests, the newly launched Helio G80 chipset sits between the Helio G70 and the Helio G90 SoCs. Compared to the Helio G70, the Helio G80 has a slightly higher CPU and GPU frequency. And that is it. So, in short, the Helio G80 is a slightly bumped up Helio G70.
Starting with the fabrication process, the Helio G80 makes use of 12nm transistors, putting it in line with other entry-level and mid-range chipsets in the market. In the CPU department, the Helio G80 has two Cortex-A75 cores clocked at 2.0GHz and six Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.8GHz. The graphics section is handled by a Mali-G52 MC2 GPU clocked at 950MHz. The chipset supports up to 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM clocked at a maximum of 1800MHz. Unfortunately, the new SoC still doesn’t support UFS storage. Instead, relies on the slower, eMMC 5.1 technology.
The Helio G80 can handle a single 25MP camera or two 16MP cameras at 30 frames per second. There is also support for a 48MP camera, but only at 17fps. In terms of video recording, the chipset supports Full HD+ resolution at 60fps. Connectivity options include dual-SIM, dual-4G LTE, dual-VoLTE, VoWiFi, single-band Wi-Fi ac (Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth v5.0, FM Radio, and GPS with GLONASS, Beidou, and Galileo. And when it comes to charging, the Helio G80 does come with Pump Express technology. Unfortunately, the brand hasn’t revealed the charging wattage yet.
Although the Helio G80 doesn’t pack a dedicated AI accelerator, the Taiwanese chip manufacturer says the chipset has AI Face ID (Face Unlock), AI Smart Photo Album, Single-Cam/Dual-Cam Bokeh, Hardware Warping Engine (EIS), Rolling Shutter Compensation (RSC) engine, MEMA 3DNR, and Multi-Frame Noise reduction. Going by the specs-sheet, the closest competitor to the Helio G80 seems to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 710. That being said, specifications tell only half the story. The rest depends on real-world performance, which we are yet to see.