Quality gaming on affordable smartphones made possible with MediaTek Helio G25 and MediaTek Helio G35 chipsets

The MediaTek Helio G25 and G35 enable smooth gaming even on affordable handsets

There is no denying that the modern smartphone has come a long way from its initial days. In fact, not too long ago, it was common to observe a significant gap between higher-priced, top-end smartphones, and affordable handsets when it came to performance. This gap became glaringly obvious while gaming. Unsurprisingly, it didn’t take too long for a consensus to emerge from this situation: smooth gaming on budget smartphones is a myth. Fast forward to 2019, and MediaTek, one of the world’s leading semiconductor companies, introduced its new lineup of G Series chipsets with a focus primarily on gaming. With the new G Series, MediaTek aimed to blur the performance gap between high-end, performance-oriented chipsets, and affordable SoCs and bring the no-compromise gaming experience to affordable handsets. And it does seem like the company has managed to deliver on this promise.

Take the case of the latest G series chipsets from the company — the MediaTek Helio G35 and MediaTek Helio G25. Even though these are the most affordable G Series chipsets, they pack in a host of features that let users of affordable smartphones experience gaming like never before. The MediaTek Helio G35 is quite a power-packed SoC for affordable smartphones, and the new Redmi 9 acts as a great example. Priced south of Rs 10,000, the Redmi 9 features the MediaTek Helio G35 SoC and promises to be a compelling option for anyone looking for a capable smartphone on a budget. Despite its affordable pricing, the Redmi 9 should be a worthy option in terms of not just pure performance, but also its AI-based camera capabilities and 5,000mAh battery. In fact, many of those aspects are driven by its chipset. In this article, we take a closer look at some of the features that make the MediaTek Helio G25 and MediaTek Helio G35 so capable.

But first, let us take a quick look at the specs of the MediaTek Helio G25 and MediaTek Helio G35 chipsets.

MediaTek Helio G25, MediaTek Helio G35 specifications

The MediaTek Helio G25 and MediaTek Helio G35 chipsets both feature octa-core CPUs. While the MediaTek Helio G25 gets an 8x ARM Cortex A-53 processor clocked at up to 2GHz, the MediaTek Helio G35 gets the same specs — but with a higher clocked CPU 2.3 GHz. The graphics on the MediaTek Helio G25 is handled by the IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU with a maximum clock speed of up to 650MHz. On the MediaTek Helio G35, the IMG PowerVR GE8320 is used again — but with an increased clock speed of up to 680MHz. Both the chips support high camera resolution and FHD video encoding and decoding. While the G25 supports 20:9 displays of up to HD+ resolution (1,600 x 720 pixels), the MediaTek Helio G35 supports 20:9 FHD+ (2,400 x 1,080 pixels) displays. Both the chips feature comprehensive connectivity options including Wi-Fi 5 (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 5.0, and FM Radio.

Let’s now get back to the features that make the new MediaTek Helio G25 and MediaTek Helio G35 stand out from other competing chips in its category.

Support for MediaTek HyperEngine Game Technology

The MediaTek Helio G25 and MediaTek Helio G35 chips feature support for the MediaTek HyperEngine Game Technology. A bouquet term for performance optimisation and connectivity enhancement features, the primary aim of MediaTek HyperEngine is to enhance the mobile gaming experience on smartphones. It manages to do this with the help of four dedicated engines

  • Networking Engine
  • Rapid Response Engine
  • Resource Management Engine
  • Picture Quality Engine

Let’s take a closer look at each of these.

Networking Engine

The primary objective of the networking engine is to intelligently and quickly predict Wi-Fi and LTE concurrency. Additionally, it also ensures faster response between the phone and the cellphone tower and allows it to connect to two Wi-Fi bands (or even routers) simultaneously. The result? Low latency and minimum jitter during gameplay. The networking engine also ensures that you can defer pesky phone calls while gaming — and in doing so, the connection doesn’t drop — even for a moment.

Rapid Response Engine

With Rapid Response Engine, both the MediaTek Helio G25 and MediaTek Helio G35 SoCs claim a 60 percent shorter GPU rendering-to-display latency pipeline. The real-life benefit of this? Smooth, lag-free display performance while gaming. This feature ensures that there are no missed clicks, thereby allowing you to navigate the game world with zero stutters.

Resource Management Engine

As evident from its name, it is clear that the Resource Management Engine does exactly what it says — intelligently, and efficiently managing CPU, GPU, and memory. This ensures better performance while loading heavy games and while playing graphic-intensive games. The resource management engine additionally offers enhanced power efficiency for longer battery life.

Picture Quality Engine

The Picture Quality Engine ensures smoother gameplay and improved picture quality with better contrast, sharpness, and detail. It manages to do this thanks to a lower latency action-to-display pipeline. This technology also makes sure that the game visuals come to life with great, vivid colours.

Along with the bouquet of advantages offered by MediaTek HyperEngine, the MediaTek Helio G25 and MediaTek Helio G35 chipsets also feature dual 4G VoLTE support and an advanced multi-camera framework. The latter ensures comprehensive support for a multi rear camera setup, thereby making smartphones powered by these chips capable cameraphones.

MediaTek Helio G25, MediaTek Helio G35 chipsets: Why upgrade?

While the MediaTek Helio G25 and MediaTek Helio G35 chips are intended to be used on affordable handsets, there is no denying that both these chips are more powerful than their P series counterparts — the MediaTek Helio P22 and MediaTek Helio P35 chipsets. With extra features like MediaTek HyperEngine and advanced multi-camera framework, the MediaTek Helio G25 and MediaTek Helio G35 guarantee much better, improved gaming experience when compared to their predecessors and the competition in general. Simply put — if you are on the lookout for a new, budget smartphone that promises excellent gaming performance, and a power-efficient CPU, you cannot go wrong buying a device that features either of these chips.