MediaTek releases Helio G96 and G88 chipsets with minimal upgrades

Helio G96 and G88 release

MediaTek has freshened its budget-friendly Helio chipset with MediaTek Helio G96 and G88 release. The Helio G96 succeeds the Helio G95, whereas the G88 is a follow-up to the Helio G85. If the lesser number bump didn’t already tip you off, both new chips are a minimal upgrade over their predecessors. We cannot find any drastic changes to the GPU or CPU architecture at all, but there are some improvements to display support, camera, and connectivity.

Since its initiation in 2019, MediaTek’s Helio G series chipsets have been a popular option in budget and lower-midrange smartphones. 

MediaTek Helio G96 Overview:

Let’s begin with the MediaTek Helio G96. It comes with the same CPU as the Helio G95. This means we’re even now looking at an octa-core setup that features 2x Cortex-A76 performance cores clocked at up to 2.05GHz and 6x Cortex-A55 efficiency cores running at up to 2.0GHz. Unexpectedly, a downgrade from the Mali-G76 MC4 on the G95 is used in the new chipset uses a Mali-G57 MC2 unit. Hence, the new GPU has only half the core count of the G76. The conclusion to downgrade the GPU could be to force OEMs to select the Dimensity 700 5G over the Helio G series.

The biggest upgrade we can find on the new model is that it is capable of powering 120Hz displays at up to 1080p+ resolution which is an upgrade from 90Hz to 1080+ on the Helio G95. MediaTek claims that the display support has no restriction in C-phy or D-phy interface, DDIC supply, and is capable of handling both AMOLED and LCD panels. 

Another area of improvement is its camera, as the chip now supports 108MP sensors which is a big jump from 64MP support on the G95 and is gaining popularity in the mid-range segment.  Other camera features include Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS), dual-camera bokeh capture, Camera Control Unit (CCU), and Rolling Shutter Compensation. Moreover, talking about its video recording capability it is still capped at 4K/30fps.

Elsewhere the chipset supports LPDDR4X RAM @ 2133 MHz.The Helio G96 brings a faster LTE connection(Cat 13), support for  Bluetooth 5.2, UFS 2.2 flash storage which is upgraded over G95’s UFS 2.1.

Helio G96, G95 Specifications:

SpecificationG96G95
Core Arrangement2x Cortex-A76 + 6x Cortex-A552x Cortex-A76 + 6x Cortex-A55
Max. Clock Frequency2.05GHz  2.05GHz
GPUMali G57 MC2Mali G76 MC4
RAMLPDDR4X @ 2133 MHzLPDDR4x, up to 10GB
StorageUFS 2.2UFS 2.1
Display120Hz @ FHD+90Hz @ FHD+
CameraUp to 108MPUp to 64MP
Video RecordingUp to 4K/30fpsUp to 4K/30fps
Wi-FiWi-Fi a/b/g/n/acWi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetoothv5.2v5.0

MediaTek Helio G88 Overview:

Moving on, It’s an even smaller upgrade for the MediaTek Helio G88. It retains the same CPU and GPU as its predecessor (Helio G85). It features 2x Cortex-A75 and 6x Cortex-A55 cores and the Mali G52 MC2 is also the same. However, it now supports 90Hz panels at up to 1080p+ resolution. Previous Helio G85 chips pushed only 90Hz panels at 720p+. The camera sensor support has been upgraded from 48MP to 64MP, but 4K support is still absent here. Pretty much the same, including the RAM and storage support, connectivity features, modem, and so on, are the same in both the Helio G88 and Helio G85.

Helio G88, G85 Specifications:

SpecificationG88G85
Core Arrangement2x Cortex-A75 + 6x Cortex-A552x Cortex-A75 + 6x Cortex-A55
Max. Clock Frequency2.0GHz  2.0GHz
GPUMali G52 MC2Mali G52 MC2
RAMLPDDR4X @ 1800 MHzLPDDR4X @ 1800 MHz
StorageeMMC 5.1eMMC 5.1
Display90Hz @ FHD+90Hz @ HD+
CameraUp to 64MPUp to 48MP
Video RecordingUp to 1080p/30fpsUp to 1080p/30fps
Wi-FiWi-Fi a/b/g/n/acWi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetoothv5.0v5.0
Both MediaTek Helio G96 and G88 release support HyperEngine 2.0 Lite game technologies. The company has not detailed what is new here yet.

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