Helio G96 chipset unveiled with 108MP camera and 120 Hz display support, G88 follows
While the future is 5G, the sun has not yet set on the Helio line of chipsets – in fact, MediaTek just refreshed the upper echelons with the reveal of the Helio G96 and Helio G88. Note that, despite their names, these are not strict upgrades over the G95 and G85.
The Helio G96 features are pair of Cortex-A76 cores clocked at 2.05 GHz and six A55 cores, same as the G95. However, its GPU is only a Mali-G57 MC2, a clear downgrade from the G76 MC4 that came before.
MediaTek unveils the Helio G95 and G88 chipsets
The chip is not without upgrades, however. For one, it supports 120 Hz displays (LCD and OLED alike) at up to 1080p+ resolution, up from 90 Hz. Also, the max camera resolution has been increased to support the 108 MP sensors that are available on the market, though video capture is still capped at 4K @ 30 fps.
Further upgrades include support for faster LTE (Cat 13 downlink), faster storage (UFS 2.2) and a newer Bluetooth version (5.2).
The Helio G88 is much more similar to its predecessor. It has the same pair of Cortex-A75 cores running at 2.0 GHz joined by six A55 cores. The Mali-G52 MC2 GPU runs at the same 1 GHz frequency. Even RAM and storage support are the same, the LTE modem is the same as well.
What has changed is that the G88 supports 90 Hz displays at up to 1080p+ resolution (the G85 seems to be capped at 90 Hz @ 720p+). Also, the main camera can have a 64 MP sensor, up from 48 MP.
Helio G96 Helio G95 Helio G88 Helio G85 Big cores 2x Cortex-A76 @ 2.05 GHz 2x Cortex-A76 @ 2.05 GHz 2x Cortex-A75 @ 2.0 GHz 2x Cortex-A75 @ 2.0 GHz Small cores 6x Cortex-A55 6x Cortex-A55 6x Cortex-A55 6x Cortex-A55 GPU Mali G57 MC2 Mali-G76 MC4 Mali-G52 MC2 @ 1.0 GHz Mali-G52 MC2 @ 1.0 GHz Display 120 Hz @ 1080p+ 90 Hz @ 1080p+ 90 Hz @ 1080p+ 90 Hz @ 720p+, 60 Hz @ 1080p+ RAM LPDDR4X @ 2133 MHz LPDDR4X @ 2133 MHz LPDDR4x @ 1800 MHz LPDDR4x @ 1800 MHz Storage UFS 2.2 UFS 2.1 eMMC 5.1 eMMC 5.1 Max cam resolution 108 MP 64 MP 64 MP 48 MP Video capture 4K @ 30 fps 4K @ 30 fps 1080p @ 60 fps 1080 @ 60 fps LTE modem (downlink) Cat 13 Cat 12 Cat 7 Cat 7 Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 5 (a/b/g/n/ac) Wi-Fi 5 (a/b/g/n/ac) Wi-Fi 5 (a/b/g/n/ac) Wi-Fi 5 (a/b/g/n/ac) Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.2 Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth 5.0
Both the Helio-G96 and G88 were upgraded to HyperEngine 2.0 Lite and support dual-SIM operation with VoLTE. They also feature new camera processing tricks, e.g. 3DNR and MFNR noise reduction in hardware for the G96.
MediaTek Helio G96 SoC with 108 MP Camera, 120Hz Display support announced alongside Helio G88
The MediaTek Helio G series has been one of the company’s most successful to date, with a vast number of brands adopting these chips, particularly in the sub-20K and sub-10K segments. Additionally, 5G Dimensity chips are also gaining popularity among entry-level and mid-range 5G devices. However, the recent introduction of the Helio G95 and G88 suggests that MediaTek are by no means done with the affordable and mid-range 4G segments.
The two new Helio G series chips bring several upgrades over their respective predecessors. Among the MediaTek G96’s most notable attributes are support for a 120Hz LCD or OLED display as well support for a 108 MP sensor. The G88, on the other hand, now supports 90Hz displays at up to 1080p+ resolution, previously capped at 720p+ on the G85. Additionally, camera support is also increased from 48 MP to 64 MP.
The MediaTek Helio G96 features a pair of Cortex-A76 cores clocked at 2.05 GHz and six Cortex-A55 cores. And while the CPU specifications are the same as those on the MediaTek G95, the new Mali-G57 MC2 GPU seems like a downgrade from the G76 MC4 on the G95. The new Helio G96 chip will also support 4K video resolution at 30fps, UFS 2.2 storage standard, Bluetooth 5.2, and faster LTE (Cat 13 downlink).
The MediaTek Helio G88 packs two Cortex-A75 cores operating at 2.0 GHz and six A55 cores. It also features the same Mali-G52 MC2 GPU as its predecessor. Additionally, RAM, storage, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and even the LTE modem (Cat 7) is the same as that on the G85. Apart from the camera resolution and display support, very little has changed on the new MediaTek G88 chip.
Both the Helio G96 and G88 were upgraded to MediaTek’s HyperEngine 2.0 technology that intelligently manages CPU, GPU, and memory to enable a smooth gaming experience. The new chips also feature camera processing tricks, while HyperEngine 2.0 is also said to extend battery life while gaming.
MediaTek Launches Helio G96 & G88 With Focus On Display & Camera
MediaTek has just announced two new Helio G series chipsets – Helio G96 and Helio G88. These SoCs bring minor upgrades over the Helio G95 and Helio G85 respectively. The new solutions are designed with a focus on advanced display and mobile photography capabilities.
MediaTek Helio G96 specifications
As you might have guessed, the Helio G96 is the more premium of the two. It features two Cortex-A76 CPU cores clocked at 2.05GHz and six power-efficient Cortex-A55 cores, which are likely operating at a maximum frequency of 2.0GHz. That’s the same CPU configuration as the Helio G95. However, in terms of GPU, the new chipset is a downgrade from the Mali-G76 MC4 to Mali-G57 MC2.
The 2133MHz LPDDR4X memory standard carries over unchanged but UFS 2.2 storage is an upgrade from UFS 2.1 that came before. There are upgrades in other areas as well. The Helio G96 supports up to 120Hz displays at a maximum of 1080p resolution on both LCD and AMOLED panels, without limitation in DDIC supply, C-phy or D-phy interface. The older solution is capped at a 90Hz refresh rate.
The new MediaTek processor also supports up to 108-megapixel cameras. That’s a major upgrade from 64-megapixel maximum camera resolution support in the Helio G95. Video capture still tops up at 4K resolution at 30 fps (frames per second) though.
Other notable changes include support for a faster Cat 13 LTE modem (downlink) and a newer Bluetooth 5.2 standard, up from Cat 12 and Bluetooth 5.0 respectively. The new chipset still features Wi-Fi 5 (a/b/g/n/ac).
Feature-wise, it supports dual 4G SIM and VoLTE and ViLTE services. MediaTek’s Intelligent Resource Management Engine, Networking Engine, and HyperEngine 2.0 Lite game technology are also part of the package.
MediaTek Helio G88 specifications
Though the Helio G88 arrives as a successor to the Helio G85, there aren’t many upgrades to talk about here. It’s the same CPU and GPU arrangement. So we are looking at two Cortex-A75 CPU cores clocked at 2.0GHz, six Cortex-A55 cores, and the Mali-G52 MC2 GPU which operates at the same 1GHz speed. The new chipset also retains EMMC 5.1 storage, 1800MHz LPDDR4x memory, Cat 7 LTE modem (downlink), Wi-Fi 5 (a/b/g/n/ac), and Bluetooth 5.0.
However, as mentioned earlier, it focuses on the display and camera departments. The refresh rate is still capped at 90Hz but it can now go up to 1080p resolution. The Helio G85 only offers a 60Hz refresh rate at 1080p, and a 90Hz refresh rate at 720p resolution.
In terms of camera, MediaTek is including support for up to 64-megapixel sensors in the new SoC. The older one only supported up to 48-megapixel cameras. Video capture is still capped at 1080p/60fps but it offers a hardware depth engine for dual-camera bokeh capture, a Camera Control Unit (CCU), and Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS). You also get Rolling Shutter Compensation (RSC) technologies. The Helio G88 boasts MediaTek’s HyperEngine 2.0 Lite game technology as well.
MediaTek has yet to reveal when the Helio G96 and Helio G88 will start shipping. But from the looks of it, we might soon see them inside affordable smartphones from several brands.