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Snapdragon vs. MediaTek: What's the Difference?

By Rahul Nambiampurath


When it comes to smartphones, two names dominate the hardware conversation.

Just as Intel and AMD are the two primary choices of PC processors, so are MediaTek and Snapdragon the main CPU choices for smartphones.

Due to the complexity of the ever-shrinking computer chips, only a few smartphone brands produce their own hardware. Instead, most integrate chipsets from a couple of semiconductor manufacturers.

By the end of this article, you will understand the differences between MediaTek and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon. More importantly, when you are looking to buy your next phone, you will know the terminology involved to make the best purchasing decision.

Breakdown of the Mobile Chipset Market Share

Although there are regional differences, on a global scale, Qualcomm and MediaTek keep expanding their chipset footprint. According to Counterpoint Technology Market Research, here is what the breakdown looks like.

As you can see, much more expensive Apple smartphones dominate the North American market, with some success in Europe. On the other hand, affordable Android smartphones dominate the rest of the world, represented by two colors—blue Qualcomm and yellow MediaTek. In addition, China has its own chip-making ecosystem led by HiSilicon, which is owned by Huawei.

Qualcomm and MediaTek have been so successful because they provide the same app-powering functionality within much wider price ranges. Furthermore, more people are seeking smartphones with gaming capabilities. This requires higher refresh rates—60 Hz, 120Hz, 144 Hz—and higher clocked GPU chips.

However, it is important to understand how their chips are built before we go into the differences between Qualcomm’s Snapdragon and MediaTek.

System on a Chip (SoC) as the Mobile Platform

Because everything has to effectively fit within the size of a credit card, microprocessors are integrated on a System on a Chip (SoC) circuit board. The first such integrated circuit was developed all the way in 1958 by Jack Kilby. However, modern SoC is far more advanced, combining the following core elements:

  • Memory: RAM, ROM, or EEPROM
  • CPU: Central Processing Unit responsible for the performance of generalist tasks
  • GPU: Graphics Processing Unit responsible for the performance of visual tasks (games, video editing, etc.)
  • Connectivity: USB, HDMI, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet

On a PC, you can swap out the GPU, CPU, and RAM, and even your motherboard. However, a mobile SoC uses an integrated design to save space, so even upgrading memory is impossible. SoCs are drastically more energy-efficient and compact—just what a smartphone needs.

Therefore, when we talk of smartphone performance, we cannot separate between CPUs and GPUs, as is common when discussing PCs and other desktop computers. Because all the key components are integrated, we have to rely on the manufacturer to provide us with the best combo that fits our needs at the price we can afford.

Qualcomm Snapdragon Overview

Not many know that Qualcomm acquired AMD’s Handheld Graphics and Multimedia Assets in 2009. As a result, what we know today as Adreno is an anagram of Radeon—a homage to AMD’s legacy. While Snapdragon is Qualcomm’s SoC solution, Adreno GPU became its integral part.

Accordingly, when you look up smartphone performance, you will always see two parts—the SoC series and GPU series. For instance, the current top-performing Snapdragon chipsets are:

  • Snapdragon 888 (Adreno 660): OnePlus 9 Pro, Xiaomi Mix 4, Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra ($700–$1100 price range). Support for the latest 5G.
  • Snapdragon 870 (Adreno 650): Motorola Edge 20 Pro, Xiaomi Poco F3, Vivo X60 Pro ($350–$800 price range)
  • Snapdragon 865 (Adreno 650): Samsung Galaxy S20, OnePlus 8, Sony Xperia Pro ($400–$800 price range)

You will find all of these models within the top 10 performing smartphones. Their prices vary depending on the manufacturer and RAM capacity. The higher the series number, the better the phone will perform, and the more expensive it will be.

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Likewise, the smartphones with hardware from the series under the Snapdragon 865, the Snapdragon 860/Adreno 640, should cost less than $300. The Snapdragon 600 and 700 series are for budget-oriented customers, while the Snapdragon series 800 represents flagship phones with all the bells and whistles one could want—from multiple cores and cameras to top-notch gaming performance.

MediaTek Overview

This Taiwanese company started its technological journey with DVD players and TVs, spreading out to wireless SoC solutions. After March 2021, MediaTek outpaced Qualcomm as the global chipset vendor for smartphones. In 2020 alone, it shipped over 350 million chipsets to various smartphone companies.

MediaTek’s line of SoCs is called Helio, renowned for having multiple cores for increased background performance. You will often see them as Hexa (6), Octa (8), or even Deca (10) cores for flagship phones. Mediatek’s GPU solution is a third-party one called Mali. Accordingly, top phones with MediaTek chipsets will have the following series:

  • Helio G95 (Mali-G76 MC4): Motorola Moto G60S, Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S
  • Helio G90T (Mali-G76 MC4): Realme 6, Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
  • Helio G85 (Mali-G52 MC2): Realme Narzo 30A, Xiaomi Redmi Note 9

Unlike the Snapdragon series, even the highest MediaTek chipsets are budget-oriented, all of them obtainable for under $300.

Snapdragon vs. MediaTek: Power Versus Price

While Snapdragon chipsets regularly fill the top 10 smartphones performance rankings, the best MediaTek SoCs rarely enter above the top 20. That is, if Huawei’s Kirin, Samsung’s Exynos, and Apple’s A-series are added to the mix. Bear in mind that Kirin and Exynos SoCs also have configurations with third-party Mali GPUs.

With these combos, they quickly rise as top-performing phones. Specifically, those with Exynos 2100 (Mali G78 MP14) or Kirin 9000 (Mali-G78 MP24) configuration. On the other hand, Snapdragon 888 (Adreno 660) outperforms both, left behind only by Apple’s latest A14 Bionic and A13 Bionic.

The top MediaTek offering—Helio G95 (Mali-G76 MC4)—lags behind even the Snapdragon 835 (Adreno 540), released four years ago. However, affordability is the key to MediaTek’s rising international success. It may not have the horsepower to compete with Snapdragon, but it wins in the bang for the buck ratio.


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MediaTek vs Snapdragon: Everything you should know about the two companies

Huawei and Samsung are two of the only Android manufacturers regularly producing in-house processors. Everyone else turns to Qualcomm and MediaTek for their mobile chip needs.

The two companies have been the dominant third-party chipset providers for several years now, following the withdrawal of players like Texas Instruments, Intel, and ST-Ericsson’s NovaThor.

We’ve put together a handy primer on the MediaTek vs Qualcomm, covering their differences and reasons why a company would opt for one or the other.

CPU technology

When it comes to the all-important CPUs, Qualcomm has a history of creating its own Kryo cores. Since 2017, however, the company has settled on semi-custom designs (dubbed Kryo Gold or Kryo Silver). These designs are based on standard Arm CPU cores, with a few tweaks for power consumption and performance.

Meanwhile, MediaTek uses standard Arm CPU cores for its processors, without modifying them to the same degree as Qualcomm.

Qualcomm uses the latest and greatest Arm CPU cores whenever they’re available, as is the case with the new Snapdragon 675 and more recently the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. Both of these chips use Arm’s bleeding-edge Cortex-A76 cores. MediaTek, on the other hand, has only recently switched to the Cortex-A75 core for the Helio P90. And as the name implies, the Cortex-A75 is an older (but still capable) CPU core.

The long and short of it is Qualcomm and MediaTek both use the same CPU cores, but Qualcomm tends to adopt new cores at a faster pace.

GPUs: Qualcomm’s secret weapon?

GPUs are Qualcomm’s biggest advantage, thanks to its secretive Adreno graphics technology. This was borne out of Qualcomm’s acquisition of AMD’s handheld graphics chip business (Adreno is an anagram of Radeon, AMD’s graphics brand).

The company’s Adreno GPUs recently trumped Arm’s Mali GPUs in benchmarks — just compare graphics benchmarks of the Qualcomm-powered Galaxy S9 and its Exynos-powered variant (which uses Arm GPU tech).

Manufacturers like Samsung and Huawei generally opt to simply use more Arm Mali GPU cores to reduce the gap to Qualcomm’s hardware.

Arm’s new Mali-G76 GPU is a big upgrade, in theory targeting laptop-class performance. But Qualcomm isn’t standing still, revealing the Adreno 640 GPU as part of the Snapdragon 855. It touts a 20 percent power boost over the Snapdragon 845’s GPU, but we’ll need to wait and see if phones with Arm’s latest GPU can offer a challenge.

MediaTek has taken to using Imagination Technologies’ GPUs in its new Helio P90 instead of Arm parts. The company is claiming a big graphical upgrade over its previous high-end chips, but time will tell whether this is the case.

Machine learning

Qualcomm has traditionally harnessed its Hexagon digital signal processor (DSP) for machine learning tasks in recent years. The DSP usually handles tasks related to audio, photography, and connectivity, but the company tuned the chip (along with its CPU and GPU) for machine learning.

But the company has also added a new Tensor Accelerator chip to its Snapdragon 855 flagship processor. The chipmaker claims that, thanks to this silicon and other upgrades, the new chipset delivers three times the AI performance of the Snapdragon 845.

MediaTek, on the other hand, has introduced a dedicated AI processing unit (APU) to mid-range phones with the launch of the Helio P60 chipset. The APU brings features like smart scene recognition, better facial recognition, and more to mid-range phones.

The Taiwanese firm’s new Helio P90 chipset looks like it’ll deliver even more AI power, thanks to the addition of an AI Accelerator chip and a Face Detection Engine. MediaTek is claiming 1,127GMACs of AI power for the new chipset, compared to the Snapdragon 710’s 614GMACs.

Developer support and updates

If you’re planning to flash a new ROM on your phone, Qualcomm-equipped phones have traditionally been the go-to option. MediaTek phones gained a poor reputation several years ago for developer support (or the lack thereof) compared to Qualcomm. The issue seems to revolve around the company’s policy for releasing source code, which isn’t as straightforward as the U.S. chipmaker. MediaTek has since told Android Authority that it would consider releasing source code to the public, but not in the near future.

MediaTek phones also have a reputation for tardy or missing system updates. Then again, scores of low-end brands have traditionally used their chips, and often lack the resources to update their phones in the first place. It’s not necessarily the chipmaker’s fault if a MediaTek-powered phone doesn’t get updated.

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The firm has taken steps to turn things around though, joining the GMS Express initiative a year ago, which requires shipping a more complete version of Android, plus several Google apps, to partners (rather than the bare minimum AOSP build). This has made some hope MediaTek partners will start bringing updates to consumers quicker.

Google’s Project Treble initiative should also result in faster updates for both Qualcomm and MediaTek devices. Project Treble effectively separates a phone’s hardware and software layers so that software (Android) updates won’t affect the hardware.

We’ve also seen Nokia/HMD deliver updates to some of its MediaTek-equipped phones, such as the Nokia 3, 3.1, and 5.1 Plus. The chipmaker clearly isn’t a lost cause for updates, but Qualcomm is still the go-to option for updates and, crucially, ROM development.

Qualcomm and MediaTek devices

MediaTek is a firm fixture in the entry-level tier, with chips in phones like the Nokia 1, Nokia 3 and 3.1, and Redmi 6 and 6A. In fact, the company’s low-end Helio A22 and P22 chips were smaller than Qualcomm’s counterparts at the time of launch, which should result in better endurance on paper.

The flagship level is utterly dominated by Qualcomm and its Snapdragon 800 series of chips (Snapdragon 835 and 845). Mediatek is taking a break from flagship chipsets, following the release of its Helio X30 flagship processor in 2017. Unfortunately the X30 only made it into the Meizu Pro 7 Plus (seen above), while Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 powered almost every other top-shelf device. If you’re buying a flagship phone, Snapdragon is the default chipset.

This is likely to be the case in 2019 too, as the U.S. chipmaker gets a ton of support from OEMs for its Snapdragon 855 chipset. Otherwise, MediaTek is sticking to the sub-flagship segments with its latest wares.

The mid-range sees more of a mix, as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400, 600, and 700 series edge out the Helio P60 and MT6750 range. Popular P60 and MT6750 phones include the Nokia 5.1 Plus, Realme 1, Oppo F9, LG Q7, and LG X Power 2. Meanwhile, prominent mid-range phones with Qualcomm chips include the Nokia 7 Plus, Xiaomi Mi A2, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, and Realme 2 Pro. For the most part, the Snapdragon chips are the choice for many big-name mid-range phones. But MediaTek phones definitely have a presence here.

So, which one is better?

Ultimately, there’s far more to buying a smartphone than which chipset it uses. Would you buy a powerful phone with no features, or a mid-range phone with a great camera, water resistance, and a headphone jack?

If you’re planning to tinker with your phone’s inner workings or want a proper flagship phone, the choice is already made for you (Qualcomm). The mid-range bracket is murkier though, as MediaTek’s Helio P60/P70 and Qualcomm’s popular Snapdragon 660 are similarly powerful, though Qualcomm’s newest 600-series chips blow the Helio P60/P70 out of the water. But the Taiwanese company might see some wins with its Helio P90, thanks to that impressive AI performance in theory.

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It’s the entry-level category where MediaTek has an advantage, thanks to the Helio A22 and P22 series. Offering newer, smaller chips than Qualcomm’s low-end efforts up until recently, the new processors also deliver Bluetooth 5 (a rarity at this price-point).

MediaTek also generally undercuts Qualcomm’s prices, which doesn’t guarantee a MediaTek phone will be cheaper, but opens the possibility.

Looking for a comprehensive guide to MediaTek chips? Read our rundown over here. We’ve also got a guide to Qualcomm’s recent Snapdragon chips, available by clicking here.

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Whenever you go out to buy a smartphone you are stuck with just two options- Mediatek VS Qualcomm Snapdragon as the chipset on your potentially new smartphone. In this article I breakdown, some of key pointers you might want to consider before you make a choice.

Very few companies have the resources to build their own chipsets and roll them out in every single one of their phones. You got those A series Bionic Chipsets from Apple, Exynos from Samsung, and Kirin for Huawei(and those are the only ones you probably will get for now due to the problems faced by the Chinese Smartphone Giant).

The rest of the OEM’s (Original Equipment Manufacturer) go for ready-made SoC’s from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon or Mediatek, which dominate the market due to the popularity and years of expertise in the chipset industry.

The reader shouldn’t forget that there’s far more to a smartphone than which chipset it possesses. 

Would you prefer to buy a powerful phone with no outstanding features, or a mid-range phone with a stunning camera, water-proofed, and a headphone jack ( A Dying Feature, I have to say.)

Yeah, that’s what I thought.

We will do our best to reap out more info as we go along analyzing the features each of them have to offer. So stay hooked to your seat buddy, you are in for a read of a lifetime.

What is SoC?

SoC stands for System on a chip. An SoC, simply put, is a CPU, graphics card, memory controller and other components all rolled into one single chip. It can also include some different modems, like wifi or bluetooth, a gpu, etc. 

What is SOC-mediatek vs qualcomm snapdragon

SoCs have different configurations based on architecture, cores and manufacturers.

Now SoC consists of both hardware and software. The original aim of SoC design was to develop hardware and software in parallel. It’s an amazing piece of technology as they are not found just in your phones and tablets but portable gaming consoles, drones, smart appliances. 

Integration of AI into these chips can even get you smart learning robots for kids and all the other small smart appliances like what we have with Google Home. 

Smartphone chipsets have evolved to surpass even low-end desktops. It would be interesting to know that the first iPhone, which was released in 2007, was more powerful than the computer which was used to launch the first manned space mission to the moon.

Just so you know, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 already has a clock speed of 2.84 billion calculations per second. And taking into consideration that it takes over 31 years to merely count to a billion, that’s a huge number to even wrap your head over.

Essentially, an SoC is the brain of your smartphone that handles everything from the Android operating system to what functions to display at a press of a button

What is Mediatek?

Now let’s not jump to conclusions that this is a Chinese company, and only targets budget smartphones for a wider distribution due to it being cheape.

MediaTek Inc. is actually a Taiwanese semiconductor company that provides system-on-chip products for wireless communications.It started out with DVDs and Blu-ray as well as HD TVs, and they have been a significant influence in the Smartphone SoC sector.They are usually known to amp up their processors with more cores (like octa core,hexa core,deca core)

Mediatek processors have a sizable monopoly in the market, with Mediatek Helio P22 processor accounting for most smartphones. The All New Mediatek Helio G90T, the gaming chipset, has become the focal point when it was introduced in  the smartphone Redmi Note 8 Pro.

MediTek also has launched dilute versions of the chipset including Helio G70, Helio G80, and Helio G85 for lower-end phones to have a superior processing power than their counterparts.

Mediatek also made a grand entry in the market with its Helio P90 chipset and later came up with the Mediatek Dimensity 1000 – the first 5G chipset by the brand. It has also introduced a budget version of the 5G chipset – Mediatek Dimensity 800. .

What is Qualcomm Snapdragon?

Now before you go marching off to say that Qualcomm always takes the cake when it comes to quality and overall performance, let’s just give you a heads up on who they are and what they do.

Snapdragon chipsets, as you all know, are manufactured by the American Company Qualcomm. It is one of the oldest smartphone chipset production organizations in existence. 

It was  founded in the year 1985, and 36 years later, it still continues to dominate the Smartphone SoC market, and it’s very popular, thanks to the intensive marketing campaigns, and appearing in almost every high-end Android powered Smartphone you can think of. 

Qualcomm is always equipped with their custom Adreno GPU on all the Snapdragon SoCs.

(Adreno is an anagram of Radeon, as a homage to it’s previous manufacturer, AMD.)

Qualcomm is also known for creating its customized Kryo cores.(known as Kryo Gold or Kryo Silver). These designs are based on Arm CPU cores, with modifications to enhance efficiency in power consumption  and performance. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400, 600, and 700 series are usually seen in the budget and mid-range variants, while the 800 series are reserved mostly for the Flagship variants of smartphones. 

The recent advent of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipsets opens possibilities for 5G network, which will be the norm for cell connectivity and networks in the years to come. 

The recent entry of Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, 732G, and Snapdragon 662 Chipsets can be taken as an initiative for locking horns with Mediatek in the mid-range Smartphone Sector.

Mediatek VS Qualcomm Snapdragon: Which one’s Better?

Now let’s cut to the chase and give what you people came for. We are not gonna bore you with those endless stacks of Benchmarks from Antutu and similar ones. 

We are just going to analyze them in terms of specific areas, just so you can get a hang of what the general standard of the chipset can work out for your daily needs. 


MediaTek usually takes its performance after the standsard ARM CPU cores with little modifications and a third-party GPU like Mali, while Qualcomm is equipped with Adreno GPU on all the Snapdragon SoCs, and plays it classy with a few tweaks here and there on it’s ARM CPU.

Related: Adreno VS Mali

With the entry of the newest Helio P series (P70 & P90) etc, the performance of MediaTek chipsets has improved by leaps and bounds.

The additional core processors in MediaTek allow heavy task performance and multi-tasking is a lot easier. So, in the long run, Mediatek gains the upper hand as it has better specs and lower asking price.

Power Consumption

It’s a trend for smartphones nowadays to arrive with a monstrous battery backup and the MediaTek processors tend to entwine well with them. Even though they consume a bit more battery earlier, the overall effect gets neutralized.

Snapdragon processors is always known for their energy-efficiency, and better optimization of there power usage. However, the new gaming-centered chipsets like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G is a whole another story.

Price of these SoCs

MediaTek SoCs are so much cheaper than Qualcomm for the same kind of products.

And it goes without saying, that if you wish to get quality smartphones at more affordable prices, I think MediaTek works better for you. Qualcomm offers you an edge in terms of GPU performance and overall battery optimizations, but that only works for a small sliver of the population who don’t care about budget constraints, and are heavily invested on getting the most performance out of the SoC in their smartphones. 

Heating Issues

Believe it or not, even Snapdragon chipsets such as 810 are extremely prone to heating and the manufacturers had to adopt the slower 808 etc. to avoid the overheating issues when the consumers go for heavy usage.

The MediaTek processors experience significantly high heating troubles from time to time, due to a high number of cores configured in the chipsets. However, as the newer ones in the P-series came up, the troubles were resolved to much extent.

The latest Helio P70 and P90 chipsets by MediaTek are real powerhouses and they do not even experience much heating when exposed to intensive gaming and multitasking.

Machine Learning 

Qualcomm usually uses the Hexagon digital signal processor (DSP) for machine learning tasks and it handles tasks related to audio, photography, and connections, but it recently has switched to Tensor Accelerator chip to amp up the AI performance.

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While we have MediaTek which introduced a dedicated AI processing unit to mid-range phones since the launch of the Helio P60 SoC. The APU gives the phones an edge with  features like smart scene recognition, better facial recognition, and essentially a performance boost to all the mid-range phones out there that have the chip integrated to it.

Final Take by Tecvalue

This ultimately begs the question, and We know it’s been haunting in  your minds ever since the start of this article, Which is the better one?

And we must confess, that is always a hard choice to make, probably because both of these SoC manufacturers excel in their craft, and the results speak for themselves. This is the reason why they have stood the test of time.

Additional Read: Is Huawei better than Samsung?

Ultimately, if you prefer gaming and want higher performance in your mid-range smartphones, MediaTek would be your best bet. While for your Higher-end Flagship, it’s better to adopt a Qualcomm Snapdragon in the 800 series, although this opinion may change in the coming years, as we are witnessing a rapid rise in the innovation of Mediatek SoCs. It might even overtake Qualcomm at the pace at which it is developing, which is more of a rags to riches kind of event taking form in the current market sphere.

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In today’s modern-day and age, we all use smartphones, be it a budget device, mid-range phone or a flagship one. While most people now research online before buying a new smartphone as to which one can turn out to be the best device for them as per their usage and budget, there are still a lot of people who buy a new device just on the basis of its stylish looks. People don’t pay heed to the most important part of the smartphone which is its processor. And, when we talk about processor, the first question which comes in our mind is Qualcomm Snapdragon vs MediaTek, which one is better? So, let’s find that out in this article.

What is a Processor in a Smartphone?

A Processor is the most important component of your smartphone. In fact, you can also call it the brain of your smartphone. This component converts all your actions into visual changes on the screen. A processor is directly responsible for the performance of your smartphone. The experience of anything you do on the phone right from opening various applications, browsing on the internet, playing games, etc., all depends on the processor. It can do this, thanks to the number of cores and a certain clock speed which ensure that actions are always processed on time. The better the processor, the smoother the experience. There are two very popular smartphone processor brands. They are – Qualcomm Snapdragon and MediaTek.

Qualcomm Snapdragon vs MediaTek – Which One is Better?

The answer to this question cannot be given in a single word. There are various processors from both brands which power various smartphones in different price brackets. In some cases, Snapdragon is better while in others, MediaTek shines. But, if we talk in general, MediaTek primarily focuses on budget and mid-range smartphones. The company’s chipsets are found inside a lot of mid-range phones and the MediaTek chipsets are very good for gaming. In 2019, the company launched the Helio G90T chipset that made its debut with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro and it surprised everyone with its fantastic performance.

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Talking about Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets, the company makes processors for different categories, for budget, mid-range, and even flagship smartphones. However, in recent times, the tech company has been primarily focusing on mid-range and flagship processors only and even on 5G chipsets. In the mid-range segment, Qualcomm Snapdragon’s processors are a bit lacking behind the MediaTek Helio series chipsets in gaming performance as the new-age Helio chipsets are really good. That being said, in day to day usage, Snapdragon takes the lead and in flagship smartphones, no one can even come closer to the Snapdragons.

Qualcomm Snapdragon vs MediaTek – Pros and Cons

  • MediaTek’s new mid-range chipsets are very good for gaming and other tasks.
  • Smartphones powered by MediaTek chipsets are slightly cheaper than their Snapdragon counterparts.
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon Processors tend to have slightly better battery optimization.
  • MediaTek still doesn’t share the Kernel source code with the general public for most SoCs.
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon Chipsets are fully optimized with most apps, MediaTek slightly lacks behind.
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon has its own optimised in-house GPU (Adreno).
  • Smartphones powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon are slightly more expensive.
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So, now you know the differences between Qualcomm Snapdragon vs MediaTek processors. In a nutshell, if you want a mid-range smartphone, in most cases, MediaTek chipsets are slightly better while in the high-end flagship category, Snapdragon is still the king. Which processor does your smartphone have? Do feel free to share with all of us in the comments section below. You can also join our GizNext Tech Enthusiast Telegram group (click via mobile to join) curated exclusively for the tech geeks.



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Snapdragon vs MediaTek: What’s the debate all about?

For several years now, one of the most debated topics online in the world of tech is Qualcomm Snapdragon vs MediaTek Helio chipsets. In almost any article or video about a smartphone, you are likely to see a bunch of people in the comments section causing a ruckus. Whether it’s purists saying Qualcomm is superior, or bashers hating on MediaTek, it’s a persistent occurrence.

This article is not going to discuss the history of the two companies. Instead, we will take a look at the differences you can expect between Qualcomm Snapdragon and MediaTek Helio chipsets.

But first, a look into what these two companies actually do. Neither Qualcomm or MediaTek manufacture their own products. Instead, they mostly do research and design. Also, neither of them actually own the designs of the processor cores used in their respective chipsets — these are licensed from another company, ARM.

To most smartphone users, the most major difference that separates Qualcomm chips from MediaTek chips is that their GPU cores, known as Adreno, are developed by Qualcomm themselves. As opposed to MediaTek’s Mali GPU, which is also technology licensed from ARM.

This is important because this is one of the major advantages Snapdragon chips have over Helio chips. Qualcomm’s Adreno GPUs simply perform better than their Mali counterparts. It’s not an exact comparison between Qualcomm and MediaTek, but you can see this in Samsung’s flagship smartphones.


 Samsung Exynos 8895Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
High-Power Processor4 x Exynos M1 2.31GHz4 x Kryo 280 2.45GHz
Low-power Processor4 x ARM Cortex A53 1.8GHz4 x Kryo 280 1.9GHz
GPUMali G71 MP20Adreno 540
Antutu Benchmark174,452171,789
GeekBench 4 Single-Core2,0081,938
GeekBench 4 Multi-Core6,0936,720
PCMark Work 1.06,8977,732
PCMark Work 2.05,8986,692

The Snapdragon variants of S and Note-series phones tend to have better graphics performance compared to the Exynos variants — which also use Mali GPUs.

Aside from graphics, we also have CPU performance to account for. While both companies use ARM CPU cores, MediaTek uses ARM architecture like the Cortex-A73 or Cortex-A76, for example, as is. On the other hand, Qualcomm likes to use these ARM cores as the basis for their own Kryo cores. These are essentially modified and improved versions of those cores with better performance and power efficiency.

So, how does MediaTek make up for this discrepancy in performance? While Qualcomm uses better CPU cores in their chipsets, MediaTek uses more of the standard cores. However, this comes at a cost. More cores equate to more power consumption, which equates to more heat. This is why we see a lot of users complain that MediaTek-powered phones run hotter and use more battery.

Then, there’s the software update and developer support aspect. Phones with MediaTek chips are notorious for late updates — if they even arrive at all. Also, since MediaTek’s source code is not public, developer support isn’t good either. Qualcomm-powered phones simply don’t suffer from these issues.

Aside from the reasons I already mentioned, there are a few more advantaged Qualcomm chips hold over MediaTek ones. So, is that it? Is MediaTek completely in the dust?

Not exactly. You probably notice that phones running Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets come at a bit of a premium compared to ones with MediaTek Helio chips. The lower cost of MediaTek’s products makes them a crowd favorite among mid-range and especially entry-level phones. In these particular categories, MediaTek chips like the Helio G90T for example, are able to give their Qualcomm counterparts a run for their money.

The Redmi Note 8 Pro is powered by a MediaTek Helio G90T chipset.

In conclusion, yes, there is definitely truth in statements that favor Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets and also to those that are against MediaTek Helio chipsets — because of the key differences discussed earlier. But that isn’t to say that MediaTek is completely in the dump. The scales are pretty much in the balance due to their generally lower cost.


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Snapdragon VS MediaTek: Which Processor Should You Opt For?

In the smartphone market, the two common chipset manufacturers are Qualcomm and MediaTek. The Snapdragon processors by Qualcomm are the most popular. Although, MediaTek also has a wide range of processors. So, the question is which company should you opt for Qualcomm Snapdragon or MediaTek. I have separated this article into two segments. One is for the mid-range market and the other is for high end (flagship) market.

Mid-Range Market

Snapdragon vs mediatek

Talking about the mid-range market, a ton of new devices are launched every other day. In 2019, I saw a lot of MediaTek-powered devices in the mid-range market. They were primarily from the MediaTek Helio G lineup. The Helio G90T was unveiled last year with the Redmi Note 8 Pro. It was a surprise to see how good the chipset performed in gaming. 60 frames per second on PUBG Mobile is a piece of cake for the Helio G90T chipset.

Later, MediTek launched watered-down versions of the chipset including Helio G70, Helio G80, and Helio G85. On the other hand, there is Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 and 700 series for the mid-range market. We saw Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, 732G, and Snapdragon 662 as-well. These chipsets were not really special. They are behind the Helio G lineup in gaming. However, in productivity tasks, the Snapdragon takes the lead.

Go for MediaTek for Gaming, Otherwise Snapdragon

Hence, the answer is straight forward. Go for MediaTek Helio G-series chipset if gaming is your main concern. For day to day tasks, Snapdragon should be the one to go for. Since, the stability, GCam support, and Custom ROM support are better on Snapdragon. I haven’t included Snapdragon 765G on my list, since it is not available everywhere and you may count it in the upper mid-range tier.

Flagship Market

Snapdragon vs mediatek

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 series is the most popular for Android flagships. We have seen the success of Snapdragon 865 and now the Snapdragon 888 has launched. On the other hand, MediaTek was having no flagship chipset in the global market till now.

You may have heard of Dimensity chipsets. They are powerful and comes with 5G connectivity. Though, they were only available in China. Now, they are going global with the launch of Realme X7 Pro in Thailand. Hence, we can expect good flagship chipsets in the coming year from MediaTek. Till then, Qualcomm Snapdragon is the king in the flagship market.

We did not count Exynos and Kirin chipsets. Exynos from Samsung are mostly used on Samsung’s phones. And it is hard to find other manufacturers using Exynos chipsets. Kirin on the other hand is very powerful. According to AnTuTU benchmarks, the Kirin 985 topped the mid-range list for November 2020. But due to the Google services ban and limited smartphones, I decided to compare the two easily available chipset manufacturers. Let us know your opinions in the comments section below.



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