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MediaTek VS Snapdragon Processor Full Comparison in Detail

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As we are in the 21st century, so there is no limitation of technology and one of the most famous examples of emerging technology is our smartphone. Day by day they are getting more and more ripped as well as more powerful. When we talk about the performance of the smartphone, everyone knows that on which factor the performance depends, the hardware offered by the brand and the optimization done by the developers/engineers. And one of the best examples of correct optimization and hardware is the iPhone, but as more than 70% market share is for Android so in this article we will be focusing on Android only. When we think about the processors powering Android devices, the two most popular names which come in our minds are Qualcomm and MediaTek. So in this, we are comparing the two processor makers MediaTek VS Snapdragon by 2016-2017.

Firstly we are talking about the MediaTek, that what the company is offering and in the comparison, we are only considering the power packed SoC’s from the two manufacturers. MediaTek is the inventor of the first Deca-Core processor which means the power of 10 Cores in a Smartphone, Sounds amazing which means more data can be processed at a time and which inherently results in a better parallelism. The top notch series of processors offered by MediaTek includes- Helio X27(MT6797X) which is launched recently and is offered in the UMI Z, Helio X25(MT6797T), Helio X20(MT6797), Helio P20(MT6757), Helio P25(MT6757T) and yes how can we miss the upcoming Helio X30/Helio X35. Let’s talk about the basic structure of the manufacturer MediaTek. Their P-series processors like Helio P10, Helio P20/Helio P25 are the chip with ample amount of power and efficiency, let us make this easy for you these SoC’s are not the Flagship one but still has the potential to handle all modern apps. While on the other hand their X-series processors like Helio X25/Helio X20, Helio X27 are known for their mind-blowing performance. One of the biggest merits of these chips is that they are cheaper than the competition that is why you people may have noticed that in most of the Chinese smartphones, we are habitual of seeing MediaTek SoC’s. They offer similar performance to that of the rivals and still are a bit cheaper.

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The latest smartphone from a Chinese manufacturer has proved that what a MediaTek chip can do, the phone is priced somewhere near to 219$ and still scored a reputable 1,10,000+ score in the Antutu test. We do not blindly believe in the rough scores the, processor has the potential to match the performance of the other processors available out there, and the smartphone was using an Helio X27, which indirectly indicates that the upcoming Helio X30 and X35 will provide way better performance than their predecessors.

Now we would like to talk about the top processors from the house of Qualcomm- Snapdragon 650, Snapdragon 652, Snapdragon 617, Snapdragon 430/435, Snapdragon 625, Snapdragon 820, Snapdragon 821, etc. These all were the best processor offered by Qualcomm in 2016-17. Some chip like Snapdragon 430/435 were targeted to the budget focused phones while other were targeted to the extreme users as we all know processors like Snapdragon 820, 821, Snapdragon 650/652 don’t need an introduction. And in 2016-2017 Qualcomm is the only brand which has powered a dozen of Flagship phones like, OnePlus 3T, OnePlus 3, Xiaomi Mi5s/Mi5s Plus, LG G5, HTC 10, HTC U Ultra, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and much more.


And now we will compare the processor from each brand which falls in the same category. Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 vs. MediaTek Helio X20, And the two devices which can help us to make you understand the difference between the two is the Redmi Note 3 vs. LeEco Le 2(China version). If you are the one who believes in the numbers then in the raw performance MediaTek Helio X20 take over the Snapdragon 650, but if we take a closer, then there is not a big difference between them. Snapdragon 650 is a Hexa-Core chipset whereas Helio X20 is a Deca-Core chipset, Snapdragon 650 has a combination of 2 x Cortex A72 cores with 4 x Cortex A53 cores whereas Helio X20 has 2 x Cortex A72 cores with 8 x Cortex A53 cores which are the reason behind the slight change in the performance of both. If you are a person who likes to Root, Flashing custom Roms then go for the Snapdragon 650 otherwise that much change in performance of Helio X20 doesn’t make any big difference. The Antutu Scores of the two are as follows- Helio X20- 82000, Snapdragon 650- 73000.

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Now the next comparison is of Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 vs. MediaTek Helio X25, And for making this comparison easy, we are considering the following devices- LeEco Le 2 Pro vs. LeEco Le 2(Indian version). Snapdragon 652 is an Octa-Core processor whereas Helio X25 is a Deca-Core processor. If we compare them in the raw performance then Helio X25 have a slight edge over the Snapdragon 652, Helio X25 scores 91000 in Antutu whereas Snapdragon 652 scores around 82000. Snapdragon 652 has a combination of 4 x Cortex A72 cores with 4 x Cortex A53 cores while Helio X25 has 2 x Cortex A72 cores with 8 x Cortex A53 cores. When it comes to real-time usage both processors are more than sufficient and can handle heavy multi-tasks easily but as we all know there is a better development for Snapdragon processors, so there are more custom things available to flash but in MediaTek chipsets the future development is not that good, but in raw performance Helio X25 has a slight edge which we can’t ignore.

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At present in the market, Qualcomm has the Snapdragon 821 as an extreme performer while MediaTek has its Helio X27. First of all, in synthetic benchmarks, the Snapdragon 821 holds the lead as it scores an unbelievable score of around 1,40,000+ while the Helio X27 was at just 1,10,000. Both processors are different from them as Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 is a Quad-Core chip while Helio X27 is a Deca-Core SoC. By reading it, most of you will probably think that a Deca-Core will perform better than the Quad-Core, but in real time the story is opposite. We are not saying that Helio X27 is a bad chip at all, but when it comes to competition, a small margin should be considered. We are not going too much deep as we are not here to put you in a fix, we are here to give you the conclusion, So according to us in versus Snapdragon 821 is ahead by a strong margin.

So for now(2016-17), undoubtedly the clear winner is the Qualcomm Snapdragon series. But we all are aware of the fact that Tech world is highly dynamic and it keeps on changing regularly, So it can be possible that in upcoming future the situation will be different.
So for Tech related updates stay tuned to us.

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