MediaTek has introduced the Helio G99 mid-range chipset, alongside its new Dimensity 1050 and Dimensity 930 higher mid-range SoCs (system on chip). The Helio G99 is a 4G chipset which will be a successor to the Helio G96.
For a couple of years, the Helio G95 and Helio G96 have been the favourite mobile processors for Android smartphone manufacturers in the mid-range smartphone category, owing to their higher performance compared to rival processors. Having said that, these chipsets suffered performance throttling issues under higher workloads, mainly due to overheating. The Helio G99 is expected to address these issues and also pack in more performance than the Helio G96.
MediaTek Helio G99: Features, Specifications
The MediaTek Helio G99 SoC carries over the same CPU core configuration as the Helio G96, comprising two ARM Cortex A76 cores and six ARM Cortex A55 efficiency cores. The performance cores, ARM Cortex A76, run at a slightly higher clock speed of 2.2GHz as opposed to the 2.05GHz on the Helio G96. The ARM Cortex A55 cores are clocked at 2GHz. The ARM Mali-G57 MC2 GPU is also retained in this iteration.
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The major change in this chipset is that it is built on the TSMC’s 6nm fabrication process, as against the 12nm process of the Helio G96. This move is expected to solve the heating and high energy consumption issues and offer a stable performance during gaming. MediaTek claims that the Helio G99 brings 30 percent energy savings during gaming compared to the Helio G96.
The Helio G99 can power Full HD+ displays with display resolutions of 2520 x 1080 pixels and 120Hz refresh rate. It can support two LPDDR4x RAM modules clocked up to 2133MHz and pack in eMMC 5.1 and UFS 2.2 storage.
In terms of cameras, it can support up to a 108MP sensor and capture 2K videos at 30fps, Full HD videos at 60fps, and HD videos at 120fps. The chipset comes loaded with camera features such as Single-Cam/Dual-Cam Bokeh, Rolling Shutter Compensation (RSC) engine, AI Face Detection, Hardware Warping Engine, HW depth engine, AINR, MEMA 3DNR, and Multi-Frame Noise reduction.
Connectivity features include 4G Carrier Aggregation (CA), 4G FDD / TDD, Dual 4G VoLTE (DSDS), HSPA +, 4X4 MIMO, Cat-13 DL, CDMA2000 1x/EVDO Rev. A (SRLTE), dual-band Wi-Fi 5 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 5.2, GPS, QZSS (L1+ L5), Galileo (E1 + E5a), BeiDou (B1C + B2a), NAVIC, and more.
Expect smartphones from Xiaomi, Realme, Infinix, Vivo, POCO, and likes to arrive with the MediaTek Helio G99 from July 2022 onwards. It will be interesting to see how the chipset fares against the Snapdragon 680 SoC, which is also a 4G mid-range chipset from MediaTek’s arch-rival, Qualcomm.