The Realme GT Neo is the next phone from Realme, expected to be announced before the end of this month.
Current rumours are that it offers a very similar specification to the Realme GT 5G but will swap out the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset with the more affordable MediaTek Dimensity 1200 chipset.
Other minor changes may include a lower refresh rate display 90Hz vs 120Hz (though some rumours indicate the same) and slower charging of 30W vs 65W.
The Dimensity 1200 is the flagship chipset from MediaTek this year but they are not aiming at the performance levels of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888. These chipsets have a slightly lower spec and will be priced accordingly.
A new Geekbench listing gives us some indication of the performance of the new Dimensity 1200 inside the Realme GT Neo, indicating it is more closely matched to the Snapdragon 870 found on the Poco F3.
Dimensity 1200 vs Snapdragon 870 Geekbench Benchmarks
Realme GT Neo RMX3031 with Dimensity 1200
- Single Core – 975
- Multi Core – 3364
Xiaomi Redmi K40 (M2012K11AC) with Snapdragon 870
- Single Core – 1016
- Multi Core – 3332
Xiaomi Poco F3
- Single Core – 926
- Multi Core – 3266
The Poco F3 and Redmi K30 are basically the same phones, but obviously, software tweaks have produced different results.
Dimensity 1200 vs Snapdragon 870 Antutu Benchmarks
Unfortunately, one thing we don’t have yet is the Antutu benchmarks or anything that has tested the GPU.
The Xiaomi Poco F3 does score 687968, so we can compare this when a Dimensity phone gets tested.
The Snapdragon 870 is based on the SD865+ using the same GPU, while the Dimensity 1200 hasn’t had much of an upgrade since the Dimensity 1000+, using the same Mali G77 MC9.
The Redmi K30 Ultra with Dimensity 1000+ scored lower than the Realme X50 Pro and Black Shark 3 in both Antutu and 3DMark gaming benchmark tests. The GPU was its main downfall.
So while the Dimensity 1200 goes head to head vs the Snapdragon 870, I suspect in gaming, it won’t perform quite as well.
As always, it is not so much the performance that I am bothered about specifically, but the price/performance. If the Realme GT Neo is cheaper than the Poco F3/Redmi K40 then it doesn’t matter too much if the overall performance is a bit lower.
Annoyingly, there is still no word if or when any of the new Dimensity chipsets will launch in the UK. When the chipsets launched, they claimed the end of Q1 and beginning of Q2 this year availability for phones. The Realme GT Neo will fall within this timeframe, but that will be in China only for now.
Back in January, Realme sent out a press release confirming the specification of the Realme X9 Pro with the Dimensity 1200 and the Realme Race Pro (GT Pro), stating the two phones are due to arrive in Q1 2021. Neither phone has arrived, and we are two days away from the end of Q1.