MediaTek Launches its G90 Gaming Chip for Smartphones

MediaTek has just taken the wraps off of its gaming-focused chips for smartphones, called the G90 and G90T.

The Taiwanese chip maker is looking to offer a bit more affordable options compared to its competitors like Qualcomm. These new chipsets are basically MediaTek’s marketing exercise to compete with Qualcomm’s newly released Snapdragon 7xx SoCs. On paper, the G90 looks like its an upgrade to last year’s P90.

Processor and GPU

The G90 comes with Cortex-A76 based cores. The octa-core combination has two Arm Cortex-A76 cores and six Cortex-A55s clocked at up to 2.0 GHz. The G90T on the other hand ups the frequency by 50 Hz at up to 2.05 GHz.

Both SoCs feature the Mali-G76 GPU. G90 and G90T, both are built on TSMNC’s 12 nm FinFET process with support for up to 10GB of LPDDR4x RAM support and GPU speeds of up to 800 MHz.

HyperEngine and Rapid Response Engine

This technology consists of several features designed to boost the overall performance of gaming smartphones. The SoCs support HDR10 and come with intelligent network prediction engine which, according to MediaTek, will be able to sense when Wi-Fi quality is degrading and automatically switch to LTE as backup.

With its HyperEngine technology, MediaTek promises 60 percent shorter rendering latency.

Meanwhile, the rapid response engine is basically display touch acceleration which helps make the touchscreen controls more responsive.

Dual Wi-Fi and Camera Support

The chipset supports connectivity to two Wi-Fi connections at the same time for a better internet connection and lower latency. This also provides a backup in case one of the routers or internet connections malfunctions between a game.

On the camera front, the G90 is much like P90. It can support a 48 MP single sensor or 24+16MP multi-sensor cameras. G90T, on the other hand, promises support for 64 MP sensors.

We might see one of the two MediaTek’s gaming-centric SoCs in one of the upcoming Xiaomi devices. MediaTek is hopeful that the SoCs will find a home in gaming smartphones like Razer Phone 2 or Asus ROG Phone 2.