MediaTek Helio G85, the new gaming processor

MediaTek has been manufacturing processors for smartphones for over 15 years and has developed several series of chipsets over the years. In the past few hours, the company has introduced its latest chip model, the MediaTek Helio G85. The new processor is obviously part of the G series or the SoC series, which was specially developed for games.

The processor made its debut in the Redmi Note 9, which was announced last Thursday by the Xiaomi sub-brand.

On the occasion of the kick-off event, Xiaomi has repeatedly made it clear that MediaTek Helio G85 is a processor that was specially developed for “normal players”. The chip is supplied with 2 + 6 cores, including two Cortex-A75 cores clocked at 2.0 GHz and six Cortex-A55 cores.

At this point, the clock speed of the Cortex-A55 cores is unknown. The Mali G52 GPU watches are integrated at 1000 MHz according to the Redmi Note 9 technical sheet. When the phone started, Xiaomi also shared certain benchmarks by comparing Helio G85 with Snapdragon 665 and also with Exynos 9611.

The main difference between the new Helio G85 and the previous Helio G80 is an additional 50 MHz for the Arm Mali G52 GPU. The basic configuration of the CPU is identical for the Helio G85 and Helio G80.

MediaTek has also announced that it will enable YouTube video streams on the MediaTek Dimensity 1000 5G SoC using the AV1 video codec. According to the company, the AV1 codec has improved compression efficiency: the processor offers users “incredible visual quality and smoother video experiences with less data”. Nowadays, where much of the multimedia consumption is done over the phone, this implementation is very useful for users who can use less battery while streaming the same video. In addition, the AV1 hardware video decoder enables the playback of AV1 video streams with a resolution of up to 4K and 60 fps.

“MediaTek strives to constantly update its offerings to improve the user experience, and AV1 technology is an excellent example,” said Dr. Yenchi Lee, deputy general manager of MediaTek’s Wireless division.

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