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MediaTek Helio G96 and Helio G88: 4G processors with support for up to 120 Hz refresh rate and 108 megapixels

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Cheap 5G mobiles do not stop gaining ground, and a good number of them do so precisely because of MediaTek’s Dimensity processors. Even so, there is still room for 4G processors, and proof of this is that the company has just announced the new Helio G96 and Helio G88.

Despite what it might seem from their numbering, the MediaTek Helio G96 and Helio G88 have more aspects in common than differences. They are two processors with gamer aspirations, support for extended refresh rates, and a focus on photography, for the next 4G mid-range mobiles.

MediaTek Helio G96

It seemed that MediaTek had had enough with its Helio series: the last launch was precisely the MediaTek Helio G95 almost a year ago, and since then we have met a handful of MediaTek Dimensity processors for all ranges. However, 4G is still alive and the company has renewed its Helio G series, with gamer aspirations, and located a step above Helio P, which does seem to have reached the end of the journey after the Helio P95 of February 2020.

The Helio G96 arrives as a foreseeable successor to the Helio G95, with some improvements and other sections that a priori seem to have reduced its performance. It is an eight-core processor, two of them Cortex A76 at 2.05 GHz and the remaining six Cortex A55 at an unspecified speed. The chosen GPU is an ARM Mali G57 MC2. As part of the Helio G series, it includes MediaTek HyperEngine 2.0 Lite gaming optimizations.

One of the main advantages of the Helio G96 over its predecessor is the support for LCD or AMOLED Full HD + screens at 120 Hz , while the Helio G95 stayed at the usual 60 Hz. Interestingly, MediaTek does not mention if there is a neural processing unit in this SoC, something that was present in the Helio G95.

There are also improvements in the field of photography. The MediaTek Helio G96 ups the photographic ante by supporting 108 megapixel cameras. Connectivity is 4G Cat-13, with Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi 5. It supports UFS 2.2 storage and LPDDR4x RAM at 2133 MHz.

MediaTek Helio G88

On the other hand, we have the MediaTek Helio G88, for which the company has skipped several numbers since the previous launch was the Helio G85, in April of last year. It’s cut to the same pattern as the Helio G96, albeit with some lowered features.

We also have an eight-core processor, two of them Cortex A76 at 2.0 GHz for maximum performance and another six Cortex A55 at a speed to be determined for the rest. Supports a maximum of 8GB of 1800MHz LPDDR4x RAM and eMMC 5.1 storage. I mean, no UFS.

The Helio G88 also joins the screens with a higher refresh rate. In this case, it supports Full HD + screens at 90 Hz and single-lens cameras with 64 megapixels of resolution. The connectivity is almost the same, except for the Bluetooth version: 4G, Wi-Fi 5, and Bluetooth 5.0.

How could it be otherwise, there is no shortage of optimizations for games under the range of MediaTek HyperEngine 2.0, which is joined by the integrated support to “wake up” the system when calling an assistant using low power consumption.

HELIO G96HELIO G88
BUILDING12 nm12 nm
CPU2 x Cortex-A76 2.05 GHz
6 x Cortex-A55
2 x Cortex-A76 2.0 GHz
6 x Cortex-A55
GPUMali G57 MC2Mali G52 MC2
AIDeterminedDetermined
STORAGE2133 MHz LPDDR4x
eMMC 5.1, UFS 2.2
LPDDR4x up to 8GB 1800MHz
eMMC 5.1
SCREENS2520 x 1080
120 Hz
2520 x 1080
90 Hz
CAMERAS108 MP on a
16 MP + 16 MP lens
64 MP on a
16 MP + 16 MP lens
CONNECTIVITY4G
Wi-Fi 5
Bluetooth 5.2
4G
Wi-Fi 5
Bluetooth 5.0

More information | MediaTek

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