Snapdragon VS Mediatek: A Detailed Comparison

Snapdragon Processor

There is no doubt that the processor is one of the most difficult problems facing smartphones. First of all, it is completely wrong to call them “processors” because they are much larger. Therefore, manufacturers often use the name SoC (System on Chip) because this explains its purpose more clearly.


Qualcomm processors are famous for their Snapdragon series. Thanks to the Snapdragon 820, they are currently the best on the market. The best Chinese mobile phones are Mi 5, OnePlus 3, LG G5, Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge (China and US markets), and HTC 10. The fact that Samsung abandoned the Exynos chip is enough to let the Snapdragon-Quality 820 speak. Qualcomm currently owns 65% of the shares. The 4G LTE market is particularly dominant in China, where the top five manufacturers mainly use their processors (Xiaomi, Huawei, ZTE, TCL, Lenovo).

 Compared with the previous model, the main advantage of the Snapdragon 820 is a 40% increase in speed, power consumption, and graphics performance. The graphics function is the fifth-generation Adreno GPU (Adreno 530). In addition to the 800 series, the Snapdragon 600 series also provides high quality, which can be found in mid-range smartphones such as Huawei P8 Lite, OPPO R5, and HTC Desire 820. With the advancement of technology and the emergence of more and more complex content such as VR or 4K, it is not recommended to use smartphones with a processor lower than the 600 series. Devices such as Samsung J5 2016 may be an exception.

Snapdragon Specifications: 

The safest chipset-extremely low battery consumption. Compared with Intel or MediaTek Adreno, it generates less heat. The graphics connector made by Qualcomm is always part of the chipset. Performance tests usually show that the performance of the Snapdragon chipset is better than other chipsets.


MediaTek is the manufacturer of the affordable but powerful Helio chipset. MediaTek processors are mainly used in Sony smartphones and some weaker devices from Chinese manufacturers. The main advantage of MediaTek over Qualcomm and Exynos lies in its price, which can be twice as low for the same thing. 

However, the user experience is not very good. The biggest criticism of MediaTek processors is their extremely fast heating up and ability to reach high temperatures (the Snapdragon 810 has the same problem). The latest models include Helio X10, P10, and X20. Tests show that X20 has Snapdragon 820 and Exynos 8890, but it still does not belong to the upper layer of smartphones.

MediaTek features:

The chipset is not so cheap-high battery consumption. Due to a large number of processor cores, the heating speed is faster. The chipset has a small graphics chip not manufactured by MediaTek. Strong computing power. Usually, the chipset provides more cores for each processor.

1.The origin of MediaTek and Snapdragon 

MediaTek is an international semiconductor company invented in 1997 and headquartered in Hsinchu, Taiwan. Snapdragon is a processor of Qualcomm, an international semiconductor and IT equipment manufacturer located in San Diego, California. Established in 1985.

2.The processor cores of MediaTek and Snapdragon

 Both MediaTek and Snapdragon are multi-core processors (1-2-4-6-8-10). MediaTek has begun trial production of a 12-core chipset. However, we must remember that how many cores the processor contains is not important, but the function of the cores is more important.

3.The CPU and GPU in MediaTek and Snapdragon

The CPU and GPU in MediaTek and Snapdragon are purely compared to MediaTek and Qualcomm in terms of performance. There is almost no difference in CPU, but it is clear that GPU and Adreno GPU in all Snapdragon SoCs are the same and better. This is particularly evident in the high-end field. The difference in GPU performance is not obvious in the middle and lower segments. Graphics chips made by Qualcomm are more suitable for use with processors and other components.

4.MediaTek and Qualcomm in terms of performance  

There is almost no difference in CPU, but it is clear that GPU and Adreno GPU in all Snapdragon SoCs are the same and better. This is particularly evident in the high-end field. The difference in GPU performance is not obvious in the middle and lower segments. Graphics chips made by Qualcomm are more suitable for use with processors and other components.

5.Battery life of MediaTek and Snapdragon chipsets

As we all know, MediaTek chipsets consume a lot of power, resulting in shortened battery life. They are upgrading processors to improve energy efficiency, but they are still lagging behind Snapdragon.


The MediaTek processor performed well. Its additional main processor supports heavy and intensive tasks and does a good job of multitasking. Snapdragon is better at multitasking, handling difficult tasks, and playing games. 

7.Heating and cost

Overall, compared with MediaTek, the Snapdragon processor runs at a lower temperature. SOC MediaTek and Snapdragon MediaTek are often cheaper than Qualcomm’s counterparts. 

Summary MediaTek vs. Snapdragon

In general, the computing power of the two chips is generally higher; however, the difference between the two is mainly reflected in battery consumption, that is, efficiency and endurance. According to our estimation, the Snapdragon is a more powerful device. And a more reliable chipset than MediaTek, but this makes MediaTek a more economical choice.

Comparison of different models of Snapdragon Mediatek

Snapdragon 855 Vs Mediatek Helio

The Snapdragon 855 mobile platform is a high-performance SoC for smartphones that were launched at the end of 2018 and combines a fast “Prime Core” up to 2.84 GHz and three other powerful Cortex-A76 cores. Up to 2.42 GHz. To save energy, 4 additional ARM Cortex-A55 cores (maximum frequency 1.8 GHz) are also integrated.

 The fast single-core master core can synchronize with the performance core in different ways and ensure a significant increase in single-threaded performance, but it should follow. However, compared to the Snapdragon 835, it has a significant performance advantage of up to 45% (single thread, a little more than 35%). Qualcomm is proud of its long-term performance. It is said that its performance is much more stable compared to competitors of Huawei (Kirin 980) and Apple (A12).

MediaTek Helio G90T is a mid-to-upper-level ARM SoC (System-on-a-Chip) that can be used in smartphones and tablets (mainly Android). Two ARM Cortex-A76 cores up to 2.05 GHz are integrated into the energy-saving cluster for demanding tasks and six small ARM Cortex-A55 cores up to 2 GHz. 

The integrated 4G LTE modem is compatible with Cat-12/13 (download speed 600Mbps, 150Mbps). WLAN supports Wi-Fi 5 (a / b / g / n / ac) standards. The memory controller supports LPDDR3 and LPDDR4x up to 2133 MHz with a maximum capacity of 10 GB.

Mediatek Helio x20 Vs Snapdragon 660

Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 (SD660) is an ARM-based fast mid-range processor, mainly used in Android tablets and smartphones. SD660 was released in mid-2017 and is the successor to Snapdragon 625. It has 8 Kryo 260 cores (custom design). , 64-bit), divided into two groups: the quad-core frequency band up to 2.2 GHz and the energy-saving efficiency frequency band up to 1.8 GHz. These two groups can also be used together.

MediaTek Helio X20 MT6797 is the best standard ARM SoC for smartphones (mainly based on Android). It was launched in 2016 and is manufactured with 20-nanometer process technology and is equipped with 10 CPU cores. All cores support 64-bit architecture, and according to MediaTek, using three clusters should improve efficiency. According to MediaTek, the two A72 cores are only used for short-term “peak performance scenarios” and may not be used for continuous workloads.

 Snapdragon 636  Mediatek Helio p20 

Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (SDM636) is an eight-core SoC with eight customized Kryo 260 cores with frequencies up to 1.8 GHz, Adreno 509 GPU, LPDDR4-2666 memory controller (1333 MHz) and X12 LTE (Cat 12/13, 300 Mbit/s), 150 Mbit/s)), the chip also supports 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 5, manufactured with 14 nm FinFet technology, Qualcomm claims to have improved performance compared to the old Snapdragon 630 (8x ARM Cortex-A53) 40 mm.

MediaTek Helio P20 MT6757 is a top smartphone ARM SoC (mainly based on Android), launched in 2016, manufactured with 16nm FinFET process technology, equipped with an 8-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor with a frequency of 2.3 GHz (the chip also includes an LTE (Cat.6) modem, an embedded ARM Mali T880 MP2 GPU, operating frequency up to 900 MHz, and two clusters (16 in total) with Midgard (4th generation) architecture.

Mediatek Helio p22 Vs Snapdragon 820

MediaTek Helio P25 is an ARM SoC for Android smartphones, manufactured with 16-nanometer FinFET + process technology and equipped with 8 ARM Cortex-A53 processor cores.  On the other hand, the onboard GPU ARM Mali T880 MP2 has a clock frequency of up to 1000 MHz. -6 LTE connection, including up to 6 GB LPDDR4 (X) memory and up to 4 GB LPDDR3 memory. In terms of cameras, the MediaTek Helio P25 chipset supports up to 24MP single camera and a 13MP+13MP dual camera.

On the other hand, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 is an ARM-based high-performance chipset, which can be widely used in Android tablets and smartphones, and is based on a 14-nanometer manufacturing process. The Snapdragon 820 combines 4 cores in 2 clusters: a low-power CPU cluster (2 Kyro cores up to 1.6 GHz) and a high-performance CPU cluster (2 Kyro cores up to 2.15 GHz).

 In addition to 4 CPU cores (two lower-speed low-temperature cores and two faster cores), the SoC also integrates Adreno 530 GPU and an LPDDR4 memory controller, and supports Wi-Fi (802.11ad + MIMO), Bluetooth 4.1, and Cat-12 / 13 LTE: In terms of camera functions, the chipset supports recording with a resolution of up to 28 MP.

Mediatek Helio P23 Vs Snapdragon 450

Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 (SD450) is a low-standard SoC for smartphones and tablets (based on Android). It has eight ARM Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.8 GHz and has been manufactured using an energy-saving 14-nanometer process. The LTE modem supports Cat.7, and the maximum transmission rate is 300 Mbit/s (downlink) and 150 Mbit/s (uplink). The SoC also includes an Adreno 506 GPU that supports Vulkan and OpenGL ES 3. It also supports Wi-Fi 802.11ac (1×1, maximum 364 Mbit/s) and Bluetooth 4.1. The memory controller supports LPDDR3 (single channel), and the built-in video engine supports H.264 (encoding and decoding) and HEVC (decoding only) 1080p.

MediaTek Helio P23 MT6763T is the main smartphone ARM SoC (mainly based on Android). It was launched in 2017. It is manufactured with 16nm FinFET+ process technology and is equipped with 8 ARM Cortex-A53 processor cores. Two clusters, a high-performance cluster up to 2.3 GHz (2.5 GHz for only one core) and an energy-efficient cluster up to 1.65 GHz. The chip also contains an LTE modem (Cat.7 DL / Cat.13 UL supporting dual SIM cards) and a WiFi 802.11a / b / g / n modem.The integrated ARM Mali-G71 MP2 GPU runs at up to 770 MHz, and there are two groups (32 in total).

MediaTek Helio P70 Vs Snapdragon 855

MediaTek Helio P70 is currently the most popular ARM SoC (mainly based on Android). It was launched in 2019 and is manufactured with 12-nanometer FinFET (12FFC) process technology. It is equipped with 4 large ARM Cortex A73 cores and 4 small ARM cores. The high-efficiency and energy-saving ARM Cortex-A53 cores are divided into two groups (large and small). The core can reach frequencies up to 2.1 GHz. The processor also integrates an ARM Mali-G72MP3 GPU and a dedicated AI processor unit. Helio P60 and P70 use the same chip (most likely), but the CPU and GPU cores run at 100 MHz higher.

 The  Snapdragon 855 mobile platform is a smartphone and tablet equipped with the high-end SoC released by Qualcomm in December 2018. The SoC combines a fast Prime core with a clock frequency of up to 2.84 GHz and three other fast ARM Cortex-A76 cores with a clock frequency of up to 2.42 GHz. They are supplemented by four energy-efficient ARM Cortex-A55 cores with a maximum frequency of 1.8 GHz. The higher clock frequency of Prime Core should ensure single-core performance. A core that is significantly better than Snapdragon 845, but we suspect that Snapdragon 855 will not catch up with Apple A12 Bionic. It is said that compared with the previous generation SoC, the single-core performance of the new SoC has increased by 45%, and the multi-core performance has increased by 35%. Qualcomm praised the Snapdragon 855’s ability to maintain performance under continuous load, surpassing the Apple A12 Bionic SoC and HiSilicon Kirin 980.


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