COMPARATIVE: UNISOC Tiger T610 Vs all current SoC


Today we present our comparison of the UNISOC Tiger T610 SoC manufactured by UNISOC for the tablet sector, an interesting chip that is gaining more market share every day.

This new UNISOC T610 SoC is an Octa Core with two ARM Cortex-A75 processors and four Cortex-A55 processors that integrates a Mali-G52 3EE GPU and allows native decoding video codecs H.265 and VP9 up to 1080p, supports screens up to 2400×1800. It also has integrated 4G Cat7 modem, GPS, Wifi ac and BT 5.0. A chip intended for mid-range tablets that is up against options from other manufacturers such as Qualcomm, Hisilicon or Samsung.

 

SPECIFICATIONS UNISOC T610

Test hardware

For the comparative of this SoC we will use the BMAX MaxPad i10 tablet with 10.1″ inch IPS display integrates the UNISOC Tiger T610 SoC, an Octa Core with Cortex A73+A55 cores manufactured in 12nm. In terms of specifications we have quite generous figures where we highlight its 4 GB of RAM LPDDR4X, 64 GB of internal storage eMMC expandable by micro SD up to 2TB, Wifi ac + BT 5.0 and Android 10 system. In the following review we will check how this new tablet performs and how it compares to the competition in the sector.

  • BMAX MaxPad i10 is available at Aliexpress.com store for only $156 (134 €) using the discount coupon offer.

General specifications

The new SoC UNISOC Tiger T610 (UMS512) is manufactured in 12nm, it is an Octa Core SoC with two ARM Cortex-A75 processors and four other Cortex-A55, in the graphics section we have a Mali-G52 3EE GPU with two cores. It has a VPU that allows native decoding of H.265 video, VP9 up to 1080p 60fps, has support for screens up to 2400×1800. It also has integrated 4G Cat7 modem, GPS, Wifi ac and BT 5.0. It has support for camera sensors up to 32 MP with 24fps capture speed. LPDDR3/4 memory support and eMMC 5.1 storage.

CPU

The new UNISOC Tiger T610 Octa Core SoC features two ARM Cortex-A75 processors up to 1.8 GHz and four Cortex-A55 processors up to 1.8 GHz, a 64 bit processor that also has a system that allows 64 bit apps.

  • Architecture: ARM v8.1-A / ABI arm64-v8a instructions enable 64 bit applications.
  • Identification: Revision r3p1.

GPU

In the graphics section we have a Mali-G52 EE3 GPU Dual core with a maximum speed of 850Mhz and performance up to 6.8Gpix/s. It has hardware support for OpenGL ES 3.2 and also Vulkan 1.0. We also have OpenCL 2.0 FP support, Render Script, L2 Cache support up to 512KB and AMBA 4 ACE-LITE bus. With this GPU we can play powerful titles like PUBG at medium/high settings.

VPU, SCREEN AND CAMERAS

In this SoC we find a VPU with decoding support for h.265, VP9 codecs up to FHD 1080@60fps resolutions. It has support for screens up to 2400×1800 resolution. It has support for camera sensors up to 32 MP with 24fps capture speed. LPDDR3/4 memory support and eMMC 5.1 compatibility for the internal storage.

Android system

The system we found Android 10 (API 29), the kernel that controls the system is kernel 4.9, we have a fairly recent security patch plus we seem to sing with active updates. As we have seen we can run 64 bit applications thanks to the arm64-v8a instruction support.

PERFORMANCE TEST

We performed several performance tests with the UNISOC Tiger T610 SoCs, VS against Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs, Hisilicon Kirin, Mediatek in its most current Helio range and the previous generation of Unisoc.

Geekbench

A test that gives us some very interesting values of the raw power testing of the CPU in mono core and multi core in addition to GPU computing. As we can see in the overall results, this SoC has better results than the previous Unisoc SC9863A, close to the performance of the Helio P70 and the Snapdragon 660/670.

3DMark

The graphical performance test par excellence with a fairly solid continuity in terms of results which helps us when comparing GPU performance historically. As we can see the Mali-G52 3EE Dual core GPU performs quite well, and we can run demanding games quite normally and far outperforms its rival Mediatek Helio P70.

PCMark

This test gives us an idea of the performance level for desktop applications of this hardware performing tasks such as video editing, managing text or audio files, something that is increasingly used in Android. The result is a sum of all these aspects and is influenced by the overall hardware components. The results of the new UNISOC T610 as we can see are quite good and in line with other high price tablets.

VPU and Sound

We ran a series of video playback performance tests on the UNISOC Tiger T610 to check the formats supported by the integrated VPU. As we can see the results are very good with h.265 and VP9 P1 codecs with resolutions up to 1080p, the new AV1 codec is not supported. It is not possible to play smoothly 10 bit color formats or with HDR, it is better to limit to 1080p resolutions, in streaming services we do not notice jumps or poor performance.

  • Image quality: Correct colors and acceptable processing / No image quality adjustments.
  • HDR support: Not supported.
Video FormatsResult
h.264 / 1080i / 8bit (IPTV)OK
h.264 / 1080p / 4K / 8bitOK
h.264 / 1080p / 10bit (anime)Frameskip (SW)
h.265 / 1080p / 8bitOK
h.265 / 1080p / 10bit (anime)OK
h.265 / 4K@24fps / 8bitOK
h.265 / 4K@60fps / 10bit HDRFrameskip (SW)
VP9 P1 / 4K@24fps / 8bitOK
VP9 P2 / 4K@60fps / 10bit HDRFrameskip (SW)
VP9 P2 / 8K@60fps / 10bit HDRFrameskip (SW)
AV1 / 4K@24fps / 10bitFrameskip (SW)
Max. Bitrate100 Mbps = 12,5 MB/s.
  • SW = does not have hardware acceleration and may have some frameskip in very heavy files.

CONCLUSIONS

As we have seen in our benchmark the interesting UNISOC Tiger T610 SoC is a quite good alternative in the budget tablet sector. The raw single-core and multi-core performance thanks to the combination of Cortex-A55 + A75 is quite good. In terms of graphics power, the Mali-G53 EE3 GPU performs quite well and has good figures to allow gaming even in titles such as PUBG at medium level without many problems.

This new SoC UNISOC Tiger T610 allows us to watch content in h.265 or VP9 from streaming services with good compression, but only up to 1080p, in 4K it has certain limitations, being a SoC intended for tablets with small screen this is not critical. As a basis for this new SoC we have Android 10 which is very similar to the previous version and has a fully stable firmware that also allows installing 64-bit applications without problems.

As we have seen, the UNISOC Tiger T610 SoC is a good alternative for economic tablets, it is on a par with much more expensive processors in its sector and represents a solid alternative to its direct competitor Mediatek.

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