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Helio G85 vs Apple A9

We compared the 8-core MediaTek Helio G85 (Mali-G52 MP2) with the older 2-core Apple A9 (PowerVR Series 7XT GT7600) SoC. Here you will find the pros and cons of each chip, technical specs and comprehensive tests in benchmarks like AnTuTu and Geekbench.


General comparison of performance, power consumption and other indicators
CPU Performance
Single and multi-core processor tests
Gaming Performance
GPU performance in games and OpenCL/Vulcan
Battery life
Efficiency of battery consumption
NanoReview Score
Overall chip score

Key Differences

Main differences and advantages of each chip
Pros of MediaTek Helio G85
  • Has 6 cores more
  • Announced 4 years and 9 months later
  • Higher GPU frequency (~54%)
  • Has the smaller size of the transistor (12 versus 14 nm)
  • Shows better (up to 19%) AnTuTu 8 score – 201K vs 169K
  • 8% higher CPU clock speed (2000 vs 1850 MHz)
  • Compatible with the latest DirectX 12
Pros of Apple A9
  • Supports 11% higher memory bandwidth (14.9 against 13.41 GB/s)


Performance tests in popular benchmarks
Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Apple A9 +55%
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
Helio G85 +27%
AnTuTu Benchmark 8
Helio G85 +19%


Full list of technical specifications of Helio G85 and Apple A9


Architecture 2x 2 GHz – Cortex-A75
6x 1.8 GHz – Cortex-A55
2x 1.85 GHz – Twister
Cores 8 2
Frequency 2000 MHz 1850 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8-A ARMv8-A
L2 cache - 3 MB
L3 cache - 8 MB
Process 12 nanometers 14 nanometers
Transistor count - 2 billion


GPU name Mali-G52 MP2 PowerVR Series 7XT GT7600
Architecture Bifrost Rogue
GPU frequency 1000 MHz 650 MHz
Cores 2 6
Number of ALUs - 192
Vulkan version 1.0 1.1
OpenCL version 2.0 1.2
DirectX version 12 11


Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4
Memory frequency 1800 MHz 1333 MHz
Bus 2x 16 Bit 2x 32 Bit
Max bandwidth 13.41 Gbit/s 14.9 Gbit/s
Max size 8 GB 4 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Neural Engine No
Storage type eMMC 5.1, UFS 2.1 NVMe
Max display resolution 2520 x 1080 1920 x 1080
Max camera resolution 1x 48MP, 2x 16MP 1x 32MP, 2x 12MP
Video capture 2K at 30FPS 4K at 30FPS
Video playback 2K at 30FPS 4K at 30FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VP9 H.264, H.265
Audio codecs AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV


Modem - Qualcomm MDM9635M
4G support LTE Cat. 7 LTE Cat. 6
5G support No No
Download speed Up to 300 Mbps Up to 450 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 100 Mbps Up to 150 Mbps
Wi-Fi 5 4
Bluetooth 5.0 4.2
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo


Announced April 2020 September 2015
Class Mid range Flagship
Official page MediaTek Helio G85 official site -

Cast your vote

So, which SoC would you choose?
10 (83.3%)
2 (16.7%)
Total votes: 12


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