MediaTek Helio X23 (MT6797D) vs Snapdragon 625 Comparison


Today, Lenovo has announced Lenovo K8 Note featuring MediaTek Helio X23 (MT6797D) processor and become the world’s first phone to adopt this chipset. In the given price range, it directly competes with some Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 powered devices included Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, Asus Zenfone 3 and even Lenovo’s own P2. In this article, we will be comparing both MediaTek Helio X23 vs Snapdragon 625 chipsets putting aside on side by side specs. So without any further ado, let’s get started:

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MediaTek Helio X23 vs Snapdragon 625

 Helio X23 (MT6797D)Snapdragon 625
CPUDeca-core 64-bit
4 x 1.4GHz Cortex-A53
4 x 1.8GHz Cortex-A53
2 x 2.3GHz Cortex-A72
Octa-core 64-bit
ARM 8 x 2.0GHz Cortex A53
GPUMali-T880 MP4Adreno 506
MemoryLPDDR3 up to 4GB RAM (800 MHz)
eMMC 5.1 storage
LPDDR3 RAM (933 MHz)
eMMC 5.1 storage
Cameraup to 32MP
Dual ISP
Up to 24 MP camera
Dual ISP
Display2560 x 1600 WQXGA1080p Full HD
Quick ChargingYesYes, Quick Charge 3.0
300Mbps download
50Mbps upload
LTE X9 Modem
300Mbps download, 150Mbps upload
ANTUTU Score90k-95K60-65K
The MediaTek Helio X23 employs Tri-cluster, deca-core (4 x 1.4GHz A53 + 4 x 1.8GHz A53, 2 x 2.3GHz A72) 64-bit CPU clocked at 2.3GHz whereas Snapdragon 625 is a high power-efficient chip with octa-core (8 x 2.0GHz Cortex-A53 cores) CPU based on 14nm architecture. On another side, Helio X23 uses 20nm process which is not that great as SD625, but still a good option. The GPU on X23 is Mali-T880 MP4 and Adreno 506 on SD625.

Both the platforms are using LPDDR3 RAM with eMMC 5.1 storage; where it is limited to max. 4GB on Helio X23, but SD625 has no limit. In the camera department, both have capabilities to bear dual camera setup, up to 32MP on X23 and Up to 24 MP on SD660 SD625. When it comes to Quick charge support, both have no problem with it unless the manufacturer locks it to save some money. The device with X23 can bring the resolution up to WQXGA (2560 x 1600), unfortunately not the case with SD625. The Snapdragon 625 powered devices are restricted to max. Full HD display.



Both the chipsets have their own pros and cons. The Helio X23 has a powerful CPU which is not the case with Snapdragon 625, but Adreno 506 GPU used on SD625 is a better pick when it comes to graphical performance. All in all, Snapdragon 625 is not as strong as X23, but all around a balanced chip. Definitely, Helio X23 looks good enough at least on paper, but we have to test lot more in different conditions. What do you think? Let us know in below comment section!