MediaTek unveils Helio G80 gaming-focused mid-range chipset

MediaTek the Taiwanese fabless semiconductor company that provides chips for wireless communications, High-definition television, handheld mobile devices like smartphones and tablet computers, navigation systems, consumer multimedia products and Digital subscriber line services as well as optical disc drives launched its flagship gaming SoC, the Helio G90, in mid-2019 and we can say it was a success judging by the Redmi Note 8 Pro’s popularity. Well now, MediaTek has an even more affordable solution for gamers – the Helio G80. It comes to slide between the G90 and the G70 that was unveiled last month.

The SoC is built on the 12nm node and offers an octa-core CPU with 2x Cortex-A75 cores ticking at 2.0GHz while the other 6x Cortex-A55 cores run at 1.8GHz. The G70 is practically the same but with a slightly lower clock on the small cores so instead of 1.8GHz, the six Cortex-A55 cores run at 1.7GHz.

Both chips share the same Mali-G52 GPU but are also clocked differently. The G80 boasts a 950MHz GPU while the G70 settles for 820MHz.

The Helio G80 makes use of some of MediaTek’s high-end features like HyperEngine Game technology and built-in VoW (voice on wakeup). The latter lowers the power consumption for voice assistance services while the HyperEngine promises smoother gaming and is shared with the G90.

Some of the benefits of the HyperEngine tech are the smart switch to LTE + WiFi connectivity during gameplay when the system detects slow internet connection. And, of course, provides mode stable gameplay performance by actively managing the CPU and GPU performance.

The two chips are expected to launch with the new handsets coming later this month in India and will later reach the global market as well.