MediaTek Helio G95 vs Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G – More pointless incremental upgrades in the Realme vs Xiaomi / POCO feud

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Hours after the announcement of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G which is set to feature on the new affordable POCO X3 NFC next week, Mediatek has announced their own new chipset of equal pointlessness for the up and coming Realme 7 due on Thursday this week.

I know I am beating a dead horse criticising these chipset launches, and I know both phones will be superb in their own right.

Confusing if not deliberately misleading to your average consumer

However, what is becoming increasingly apparent is that MediaTek and Qualcomm and being used as a marketing technique for new phones launch by these two companies. Fair play I guess, but it is confusing and misleading to consumers.

A lot of these new chipsets will only be launched on one or two phones. In the case of chipsets such as the Helio G80 this is used by both Xiaomi and Realme on the Redmi 9 and Realme 6i. So some of the deals are not exclusive.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G vs SD720G

Qualcomm's recent announcement compared the chipset to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G which launched in 2019, ignoring the SD720G which launched this year, which has the exact same CPU spec as the SD732G. The end result is a brand new chipset which at best may offer an 18% improvement for the GPU.

It is likely we won't see that chipset on another phone unless Xiaomi uses it on something else.

MediaTek Helio G95 vs Helio G90T

The MediaTek Helio G95 is even more disappointing; they have also launched the Helio G95 with exactly the same CPU specification as its predecessor, but they have provided just a 12.5% increase in the GPU frequencies.

Mediatek claims the CPU magically manages to achieve an increased 5% in CPU benchmarks (Antutu) and up to 8% in GPU benchmarks (Manhattan 3.0) vs. the G90T.

I would assume the CPU improvement must be from some sort of software optimisation.

MediaTek Helio G95 vs Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G Specification

Helio G90TSnapdragon 732G
ProcessTSMC 12nmSamsung 8nm (8LPP)
CPU, big cores2 x Cortex-A76 @ 2.05GHz2 x Cortex-A76 @ 2.3GHz
CPU, small cores6 x Cortex-A55 @ 2.0GHz6 x Cortex-A55 @ 1.8GHz
GPUMali-G57 MC4 @ 800MHzAdreno 618 (600MHz+)

MediaTek Helio G95 vs Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G Performance and Benchmarks

One of the strange things with the previous Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G was that it was positioned as a superior chipset on more expensive phones than the Helio G90T. However, the Helio G90T outperformed the Qualcomm on a large number of benchmarks.

Qualcomm may have narrowed the difference when comparing the SD732G vs the Helio G90T, but now with the launch of the Helio G95 it looks like Mediatek will retain the lead in many GPU focussed benchmarks.

Geekbench Benchmarks

 Single Core Multi Core
POCO X3 NFC - SD732G5681771
Realme 6 Pro - SD720G5681643
Realme X2 - SD730G5461729
Realme 7 - Helio G95516?1650?
Realme 6 - Helio G90T5161650

Antutu Benchmarks

As part of the Poco X3 launch, the presenter confirmed the performance numbers of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G. If accurate, the numbers are quite impressive, pushing the SD732G past the performance of the Helio G90T by 3.7% and an improvement of 6.8% vs the Snapdragon 720G on the Realme 6 Pro or 16% on the Realme X2

 TotalCPUGPUMEMUX
Realme X50 - SD765G323286103663941516800757462
Poco X3 - SD732G301,58110340379234
Realme 7 - Helio G9528796397262839925501651693
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pr- Helio G90T28129598263797555728545992
Realme 6 Pro - SD720G282336104143708015227355119
Realme X2 - SD730G25831198328675744794544464
Realme 5 Pro - SD71221650173459618724201339157
Realme 6i20129973376416334519241098
Realme 5 SD66516786671157334893656826652

[Original post 1 September 2020]

[Updated 07/09/2020] Added Antututu benchmarks confirmed during the announcement.

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