Mediatek Helio G85 SoC Announced, New Gaming Chipset

Interestingly enough, this newer Mediatek Helio G85 gaming chipset comes three months after the Helio G80 was announced along with the Realme 6i. There aren’t many changes if we compare it to its predecessor.

  • Helio G85 SoC unveiled with the Redmi Note 9
  • MediaTek announced new feature for the Dimensity 1000 5G SoC
  • It will offer better battery life while YouTube streaming

The processor made its debut in the Redmi Note 9 that was announced on Thursday. Further, the company also announced that it will enable YouTube video streams using the AV1 video codec on the MediaTek Dimensity 1000 5G SoC.

The company says as the AV1 codec has improved compression efficiency, the processor will give users “incredible visual quality and smoother video experiences, while using less data.” In this day and age where a lot of the media consumption takes place on the phone, the implementation will be quite useful as users will be using less battery with the same amount of video streaming. Additionally, the AV1 hardware video decoder enables playback of AV1 video streams up to 4K resolution at 60 fps.

The MediaTek Helio G85 still is a 12nm chipset with a 2+6 Core arrangement. Therefore, we have a 2x Cortex-A72 cluster clocked at 2.0Ghz plus another 6x Cortex-A55 cores. That’s the same arrangement and clock speed as the Helio G80. The only real change rests in the GPU.

The GPU still is a Mali G52 MC2, however, the clock speed is set a 1000MHz. The Helio G80, on another hand, has the very same GPU clocked at 950MHz. So we have just 50MHz more which is slightly disappointing. MediaTek’s HyperEngine makes its presence here, ensuring the best performance this chipset can deliver in games. Unfortunately, full details are still unavailable at the moment. Let’s hope that MediaTek publishes the full specs sheet on its website in the coming days.

Despite the uncertainties, the new chipset still delivers a solid performance. If AnTuTu results are trustable enough for comparison purposes, we can say that the new Redmi Note 9 with the Helio G85 offers a boost in terms of performance in comparison with the Redmi Note 8.

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