Oppo’s sub-brand, Realme, has been doing very well in India. This new company is less than a year old and its products are currently sold in India and a few other countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The company recently announced its latest budget smartphone, the Realme U1. The phone went on sale last week and was an instant hit. Realme confirmed that over 2 lakh Realme U1’s were sold in about 6 minutes during the first sale.
The Realme U1 is the first smartphone available in India, which features the new MediaTek Helio P70 chipset. This chipset isn’t as powerful as the Snapdragon 660 processor found on the Realme 2 Pro, but it is more efficient. In this post, we will talk about the major differences between the two chipsets and the phones.
MediaTek Helio P70 vs Snapdragon 660 SoC Comparison
The Helio P70 is the latest chipset from MediaTek and it is built using a smaller 12nm process. On the other hand, the Snapdragon 660 is a chipset from last year and is built on a 14nm process. This means that the newer MediaTek chipset is definitely going to be better when it comes to efficiency.
Looking at the cores, the Helio P70 has four Cortex-A73 cores and four Cortex-A53 cores. This is similar to the core structure of the Snapdragon 660, but the P70 is clocked lower. The MediaTek chipset has a core clock speed of 2.1GHz, whereas the SD 660 is slightly higher at 2.2GHz. This should give the Snapdragon chipset a slight edge, but it will not be noticeable in daily usage. However, the Mali GPU on the MediaTek P70 is clocked at 900MHz, which is faster than the 850MHz Adreno 512 GPU on the SD 660. Despite the lower clock speed on the Snapdragon GPU, it performs better than the Mali GPU. This is because the Snapdragon 660 uses a 14nm GPU, while the Mali GPU on the Helio P70 is made using a 16nm process.
When you compare the benchmark results of both chipsets on AnTuTu and Geekbench, there isn’t a lot of difference. The Helio P70 scores around 140-145K on the AnTuTu test, whereas the Snapdragon 660 scores 141K. The Geekbench scores for the Helio P70 are 1540 (Single core) and 5970 (Multi-core). The Snapdragon 660 gets a single-core score of 1640 and a multi-core score of 5900.
Therefore, users will most likely notice any big difference between the two chipsets. The Realme 2 Pro should perform better in games and will have a small edge, but the Realme U1 will be more efficient. Realme used the MediaTek Helio P70 on the U1 to cut down on costs and sell the phone for the starting price of INR 11,998.
Realme 2 Pro vs Realme U1
The Realme U1 and Realme 2 Pro have very similar designs, but the internals are quite different. Both come with a 6.3-inch FHD+ LCD display that has a tiny waterdrop notch. The back of the Realme U1 has a gradient finish, whereas the Realme 2 Pro doesn’t.
Internally, apart from the difference in the processor type, the Realme 2 Pro has more RAM and storage options. It comes with a maximum of 8GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage compared to the 4GB RAM/64GB storage combo on the Realme U1. It also has better rear camera setup, but the Realme U1 has a higher resolution 25MP front camera. Both the phones get a 3500mAh battery and run on Android 8.1 Oreo with ColorOS 5.2 UI on top.