Announced last week, Redmi Note 9 will embark on a brand new SoC designed by MediaTek: the Helio G85.
The choice of a Taiwanese smelter’s SoC had already succeeded in Redmi on its Note 8 Pro. Rather logical that the partnership continues here, with a chipset that we are discovering more today.
A mid-range SoC with ultra-fast GPU
There are Snapdragon, Exynos, Kirin and, increasingly, Helio from MediaTek. For a little over a year, the Taiwanese founder has returned to the forefront with very competitive platforms – both in terms of prices for manufacturers and performance for users.
This new Helio G85 should therefore do no differently. According to initial tests that could be carried out and communicated by MediaTek, the Helio G85 achieves performance up by 21% compared to the Snapdragon 665 that fitted the Redmi Note 8 last year. Keep in mind, however, that MediaTek was recently charged with cheating on the different benchmarks.
That said, the characteristics of SoC remain encouraging. The chipset engraved in 12 nm by MediaTek has an eight-core processor (2x 2.0 GHz + 6x 1.8 GHz), and especially on a Mali-G52 GPU clocked at 1 GHz. One of the fastest on the market. For comparison, the Adreno 650 GPU which integrates Snapdragon 865 – the most efficient Android SoC on the current market – is only clocked at 587 MHz.
Full HD at 60 Hz, and support for only two digital cameras
At the end of the graphics performance expected from the new MediaTek chip, we come back to much less ambitious specs.
According to the data sheet published by its manufacturer, the Helio G85 supports dual SIM, 4G, Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 5.0. It can only support two 16 + 16 megapixel cameras, or a single 48 megapixel sensor. The G85 still supports facial unlocking features, electronic stabilization and image noise reduction.
On the display side, the maximum definition authorized by the SoC is 2,560 x 1,080 pixels on a 21: 9 ratio. The refresh rate is also limited to 60 Hz. Finally, the chipset supports up to 8 GB of LPDDR4X RAM and eMMC 5.1 storage – deemed less swift than UFS.
The Redmi Note 9 will be available in mid-May for around € 200. More details regarding its French release are expected in the coming days.