Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 vs Snapdragon 660 vs MediaTek Helio P60: Best Midrange SoCs Compared

by Michele Ingelido 0

By unveiling the Snapdragon 710, Qualcomm has launched a new series of mobile platforms which sits exactly in between flagship chipsets from the Snapdragon 8xx line-up and mid-range processors from the Snapdragon 6xx series. It is a chipset targeted at upper-midrange smartphones which will offer amazing performance even though its price will not be as expensive as the best flagship devices. In this article, we will compare the new Snapdragon 710 with Snapdragon 660 which was the best Qualcomm mid-range SoC before its launch, and with Helio P60 that is the best MediaTek chipset of 2018 and it has been made for upper-midrange devices as well.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 vs Snapdragon 660 vs MediaTek Helio P60

Qualcomm Snapdragon 710Qualcomm Snapdragon 660MediaTek Helio P60
CPUocta-core

2x Kryo 360 2.2 GHz, 6x Kryo 360 1.7 GHz

10 nm FinFET LPP, 64 bit

octa-core

8x Kryo 260, Clock frequency: Up to 2.2 GHz

14 nm FinFET LPP, 64 bit

 octa-core

4x Cortex A73 2 GHz, 4x Cortex-A53 2 Ghz

TSMC 12 nm, 64 bit

GPUAdreno 616Adreno 512 ARM Mali G72 MP3
CameraUp to 32 MP Single

Up to 20 MP Dual

Up to 24 MP single camera

Up to 16 MP dual camera

Up to 32 MP single camera

Up to 16 + 24 MP Dual camera support

VideoUp to 4K Ultra HD  (video recording)

Up to 4K at 30 fps (video playback)

Up to 4K Ultra HD at 30 fps (video recording)

Up to 4K Ultra HD (video playback)

 Up to 4K Ultra HD at 30 fps (video recording)

Up to 4K Ultra HD (video playback)

DisplayUp to Quad HD+Up to Full HD+ Up to Full HD+
ConnectivityDual Band Wi-Fi 2×2 802.11ac with MU-MIMO 867 Mbps

Bluetooth 5.0, NFC

Cellular Modem: Qualcomm Snapdragon X15 LTE up to 800 Mbps (download), up to 150 Mbps (upload)

Dual Band Wi-Fi 2×2 802.11ac with MU-MIMO, Speed: 867 Mbps

Bluetooth 5.0, NFC

Cellular Modem: Snapdragon X12 LTE, up to 600 Mbps download speed, up to 150 Mbps upload speed

Dual Band Wi-Fi 802.11ac

Bluetooth 4.2

Cellular Modem: LTE Cat. 7 (download), Cat. 13 (upload)

AudioQualcomm Aqstic technology

Qualcomm aptX technology

Qualcomm Aqstic audio technology

Qualcomm aptX

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LocationGPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo
Battery ChargingQualcomm Quick Charge 4+Qualcomm Quick Charge 4 Pump Express 4

Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 vs Snapdragon 660 vs MediaTek Helio P60

CPU

In terms of CPU performance, Snapdragon 710 is way better the other two chipsets in this compraison. According to Qualcomm, it will offer 20 percent faster performance compared with Snapdragon 660. In detail, it is 20% better overall, 25% faster at web browsing and 15% faster at launching apps. At present, Snapdragon 660, at least on the paper, provides better CPU performance than Helio P60 due to its more powerful cores.  Note that each of these chipsets is perfect for daily use and even for playing games despite the fact that you will not get the maximum frame rate which you can obtain with Snapdragon SoCs from the 8xx series.

But if you want to pick one of these in CPU performance, it will definitely be the new SD710.

 

GPU

Snapdragon 710 boasts an Adreno 616 GPU which can achieve a 35% better graphics performance than the Adreno 512 found on the Snapdragon 660. So, this SoC is way better not only for general performance but also at gaming. MediaTek Helio P60 has a Mali G72 MP3 which is the worst among the three graphics processing units in terms of specs, but it can still deliver above-average performance in both multimedia and games.

 

Efficiency

When it comes to efficiency, Snapdragon 710 still wins the challenge. It has been made with a 10 nm production process and it has six cores underclocked to 1.7 GHz, and this means a lot of deficiency. Snapdragon 710 is 40% more efficient than SD660 in 4K video playback and gaming and 20% at video streaming. MediaTek Helio P60 obtains the second place with its 12 nm production process. Only the two Snapdragon chipsets have the Quick Charge 4 technology that is currently the fastest quick charging technology. Helio P60 has Pump Express (likely 4.0) which is quite fast too.

 

AI

Artificial intelligence is a strong presence in each of these SoCs: all of them have a dedicated modules for AI which is useful for facial recognition, scene detection, AR acceleration, bokeh effects, and more. However, Qualcomm has declared that the new Snapdragon 710 will give us twofold better performance with AI than Snapdragon 660.

 

Connectivity

The connectivity side on a SoC is more important than you may think. It includes the modem which defines the connection speed — so how fast you will be able to navigate, download and upload data. Snapdragon 710 has the fastest modem which can reach a download speed of 800 Mbps. Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 reaches a maximum download speed of 600 Mbps, while Helio P60 stops at 300 Mbps. All of them feature a maximum upload speed of 150 Mbps. Bluetooth 5.0 is another advantage of Snapdragon 710.

 

Supported components

The Snapdragon 710 is the only SoC which can support all the flagship-level components of a smartphone. A phone with SD710 can support Quad HD+ displays, up to 32 MP single cameras and up to 20 MP dual camera. Snapdragon 660 and Helio P60 support a max display resolution of 1080p, but Helio P60 can support higher-end cameras than SD660 and it reaches the same level of SD710 when it comes to cameras.

 

So, all three chipsets are quite powerful for a mid-range smartphone. The SD710 definitely has advantages over the other two in terms of CPU, GPU, and Connectivity, however, Qualcomm’s new chipsets are often quite expensive. So, for the time being, expect SD660 and Helio P60 to rule the affordable yet powerful upper mid-range market.

Nevertheless, the SD710 definitely outclasses the two other SoCs in almost every segment. Among all other features, being manufactured on the super efficient 10nm process — same as the flagship SD845 / 835 chips gives it the ultimate efficiency advantage.