Snapdragon 680 vs Mediatek Helio G96: Is a smaller node always better?

Picking a good smartphone or a value for money device starts with knowing the capabilities of the chipset present in the smartphone.

snapdragon 680 vs mediatek helio g95 hero
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It's rare to find a smartphone manufacturer that showers its consumers with an amazing price-to-money ratio of devices.

Pardon me if I give you the impression that this comparison is between two smartphones because it is not. This is a comparison between the Snapdragon 680 vs the Mediatek Helio G96.

Interestingly, these chipsets power the Redmi Note 11 and the Redmi Note 11s respectively.

The rivalry between Snapdragon and Mediatek for the mobile computing soc goes as far back as anyone can remember now. The duel between the SD 680 vs the Helio G96 will further prove how competitive the quest for the midrange chip market dominance has evolved.

Picking a good smartphone or a value for money device starts with knowing the capabilities of the chipset present in the smartphone.

Enough words already. Let us introduce you to contender number 1.

qualcomm snapdragon 680

Snapdragon 680 highlights.

  • If you were to pick up the sd 680 chip, the first thing you would notice is how small it is, coming at only a 6nm node process. You can expect an awesome battery performance from any device powered by this chipset, thanks to the smaller node.
  • The sd 680 also supports quick charge 3.0, and if we are to believe the information from snapdragon.com, 0-80% in 35 minutes is obtainable here.
  • Game Jank Reducer and Q-Sync for optimal gaming performance.
mediatek helio g95

Mediatek Helio G96 peculiarity.

  • 108mp main camera support with premium noise reduction technique.
  • 120Hz screen refresh rate support.
  • MediaTek HyperEngine 2.0 Lite for better gaming performance.
  • Call & Data Concurrency allows users to defer calls while in-game without the data connection dropping.

The writer's remark.

A good device goes beyond just a chipset quality alone, but it does begin from there.

Thankfully this comparison between the Sd680 and the G96 will be less complex because we can pull out reviews from the web about the Redmi Note 11 and Note 11s that are fortunately powered by these respective chipsets.

According to the battery performance rating by Oscarmini between the Redmi Note 11 (Snapdragon 680) vs the Redmi Note 11s (Mediatek Helio G96), the Redmi Note 11 does come out on top in terms of lasting longer. Nanoreview gave the Snapdragon 680 a whopping 85% battery performance rating and a 63% performance rating to the Helio G96.

Since both devices support a 33watts fast charge, they both charged at a similar speed of 0-100% in about 55 minutes.

As regards to Geekbench score, the SD 680 (Redmi Note 11) scored 371 and 1347 on single and multi-core tests.

The Helio G96 (Redmi Note 11s) scored 506 and 1748 in similar core tests too.

geekbench score
Geekbench score of the Redmi Note 11 vs Redmi Note 11s. Credit: Oscarmini
  • SD 680 Antutu score: 276946
  • Helio G96 Antutu Score: 331129

Interestingly, you can tell that Mediatek went for better media representation and overall gaming performance with the G96, while Snapdragon went for battery efficiency and gaming performance with the SD 680 chipset.

To give this comparison a more technical approach, below is a table showing you the configuration of the Sd 680 and the G96 respectively, and how they differ.

Snapdragon 680 versus Mediatek Helio G96

Snapdragon 680Mediatek Helio G96 [MT6781]
Node
Snapdragon 680
6nm
Mediatek Helio G96 [MT6781]
12nm
CPU
Snapdragon 680
4x 2.4 GHz – Kryo 265 Gold (Cortex-A73)
4x 1.8 GHz – Kryo 265 Silver (Cortex-A53)
Mediatek Helio G96 [MT6781]
2x 2.05 GHz – Cortex-A76
6x 2 GHz – Cortex-A55
Cores
Snapdragon 680
8
Mediatek Helio G96 [MT6781]
8
GPU
Snapdragon 680
Adreno 610
Mediatek Helio G96 [MT6781]
Mali G57 MC2
Display
Snapdragon 680
HD+ (900 x 1600 @ 90 Hz),
FHD+ (1080 x 2520 @ 90 Hz)
Color Depth: Up to 10-bit
Color Gamut: Up to 12-bit
Mediatek Helio G96 [MT6781]
2520 x 1080
Refresh rate 120Hz
RAM/ROM
Snapdragon 680
DDR4X/UFS 2.2
Mediatek Helio G96 [MT6781]
DDR4X/eMMC 5.1, UFS 2.2
RAM Speed.
Snapdragon 680
2133MHz
Mediatek Helio G96 [MT6781]
2133MHz
Network.
Snapdragon 680
4G/3G/2G
Mediatek Helio G96 [MT6781]
4G/3G/2G
WiFi
Snapdragon 680
2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
Mediatek Helio G96 [MT6781]
Wi-Fi 5 (a/b/g/n/ac)
WiFi calling
Snapdragon 680
Yes.
Fast charge
Snapdragon 680
Quick charge 3.0
Mediatek Helio G96 [MT6781]
Fast Charge support.
Ann. Date.
Snapdragon 680
October 27, 2021
Mediatek Helio G96 [MT6781]
June 16, 2021

Conclusion.

The main devices sighted during this comparison were the Redmi Note 11 and Note 11s, because these devices are powered by the SD 680 and the Helio G96 chipsets.

You can't go wrong if you are in the market for a budget-friendly device and you happen to pick any of these devices.

But if your goal is getting a device with optimal performance, the MediaTek G96 powered Redmi Note 11s is your surest bet.

If you want a device with good performance and a long-lasting battery, the Snapdragon 680 powered Redmi Note 11 should fit adequately.

After reading our comparison article between the chipsets above, which device are you picking?

Let us know in the comment section below, or tweet us @Allroundreview1, until the next one. Do have a wonderful weekend.

Sources: Oscarmini, nanoreview, Mediatek official, Snapdragon official.