Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G vs Snapdragon 720G, 730G & 765G vs MediaTek Helio G90T – How does the new chipset in the Poco X3 compare to the OnePlus Nord & others?

[Update] Qualcomm have now officially launched the new chipset and confirmed it will be a Poco device that is first to feature it.

Earlier this month. POCO Global Marketing Manager revealed they are working on an OnePlus Nord competitor. It has now been revealed that the POCO X3 will launch on the 8th of September and it is not quite the OnePlus Nord competitor we may have expected.

Yesterday,  Angus Kai Ho Ng revealed four potential designs of the new phone with the rear cameras located in a  circular design, but then laid out differently in each design.  

Shortly after this tweet, Sudhanshu tweeted the specification of the phone that had been posted on MIUI Türkiye. The page on this forum has now been taken down which is always a good sign of a takedown request. However, thanks to Google cache, this content is still accessible.

[Update] Qualcomm have now officially launched the new chipset and confirmed it will be a Poco device that is first to feature it.

Poco X3 Specification – Snapdragon 732G

Originally it was expected the Poco X3 would launch on the 8th, it has not been confirmed to launch on the 7th of September. The leak also previously said Qualcomm Snapdragon 732, but it is actually the Snapdragon 732G, it is a small but noteworthy difference.

The page indicated the full specification would be:

  • 6.67″ 120hz Display, 240Hz Touch Latency
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G
  • 5160 mAH Battery
  • 33W Fast Charging
  • 64MP Main Quad Camera
  • 20MP Front Camera
  • NFC (confirmed by launch poster)

Poco X3 vs OnePlus Nord – Not really a competitor

If this was supposed to be the OnePlus Nord competitor, it is not. It is unlikely the Qualcomm Snapdragon 732 will be a 5G chipset. Nothing is mentioned about the display technology, but I would guess this will be LCD and not AMOLED like the OnePlus Nord.

However, being POCO, it will likely be aggressively priced and therefore still an amazing phone in its own right.

Rumours of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 732 have been circling a while now, but we now have an idea of what this will likely be specced as in relation to its counterparts

Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G vs Snapdragon 720G, 730G & 765G vs MediaTek Helio G90T

I have previously criticised MediaTek for their pointless chipset launches, and it looks like Qualcomm may be doing the same here. By all accounts, this is effectively the same as the 730G or the SD720G. The CPU frequencies match the SD720G, but I would expect the GPU frequencies to be better.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G is identical to Snapdragon 720G but with slightly faster GPU

With the chipset now officially launched it is confirmed everything is identical to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G but the GPU offers a 15% improvement (compared to the SD730G). It is confusing, but Qualcomm appears to have a selective memory when comparing their own chipsets.

Interestingly, it would seem like Xiaomi, and its sub-brands seem to get either exclusive or early access to these slightly tweaked chipsets. They launched the Redmi K30 5G Racing Edition back in May with the supped up Snapdragon 768G, since then no other phone has even been speculated with the chipset.

SoCSnapdragon 732GSnapdragon 765GSnapdragon 730GSnapdragon 720GMediatek Helio G90T
CPU2x Cortex-A76 @ 2.3GHz1x Cortex A76 @ 2.4GHz (765G)
1x Cortex-A76 @ 2.2GHz
2x Cortex-A76 @ 2.2GHz2x Cortex-A76 @ 2.3GHz2x Cortex A76 @ 2.05GHz
6x Cortex-A55 @ 1.8GHz6x Cortex-A55 @ 1.8GHz6x Cortex-A55 @ 1.8GHz6x Cortex-A55 @ 1.8GHz6x Cortex A55 @ 2.0GHz
GPUAdreno 618 + 15% vs 730G
so 650MHz-ish?
Adreno 620 @ 625MHz
+38% perf vs 730G
Adreno 618 @ 575 MHzAdreno 618 @ 500 MHz Mali G76 MP4 @ 800MHz
DSP / NPUHexagon 688Hexagon 696Hexagon 688Hexagon 6882x APU

HVX + TensorHVX + Tensor 5.4TOPS AIHVX + TensorHVX + Tensor+1TOPs total perf
Memory Controller2x 16-bit CH @ 1866MHz LPDDR4X 14.9GB/s2x 16-bit CH @ 2133MHz LPDDR4X / 17.0GB/s2x 16-bit CH @ 1866MHz LPDDR4X 14.9GB/s2x 16-bit CH @ 1866MHz LPDDR4X 14.9GB/sLPDDR4x up to 10GB, 2133MHz
ISP/CameraDual Spectra 350 ISP
1x 36MP with ZSL
2x 22MP with ZSL
Dual 14-bit Spectra 355 ISP
1x 192MP or 36MP with ZSL
2x 22MP with ZSL
Dual Spectra 350 ISP
1x 36MP with ZSL
2x 22MP with ZSL
Dual Spectra 350 ISP
1x 36MP with ZSL
2x 22MP with ZSL
Single 64MP and 48MP
Dual 24MP +
Integrated ModemSnapdragon X15 LTESnapdragon X52 Integrated 5GSnapdragon X15 LTESnapdragon X15 LTE
Fabrication ProcessSamsung 8nm (8LPP)Samsung 7nm EUV (7LPP)Samsung 8nm (8LPP)Samsung 8nm (8LPP)12nm FinFET

Benchmarks

No benchmarks have been revealed yet, but the below table shows my recent testing of Realme phones covering benchmarks for most mid-range chipsets recently. So you can expect that the SD732G will outperform the two older SD720G and SD730G chipsets. It will be interesting to see how it stacks up against the MediaTek Helio G90T which in benchmarks had a comfortable advantage over the SD720G and SD730G with most of the performance coming from the superior GPU (its CPU performed the same or worse).

 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 – 27/08/2020]

[Updated – 01/09/2020] Qualcomm have officially launched the chipset

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