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With October having so many phone releases, all of which will be using Qualcomm chipsets, I thought it would be a good idea to see how each one compares.

Google launched the Pixel 4 on October 15th which will use the Snapdragon 855, on the same day we have Realme X2 Pro which will feature the Snapdragon 855 Plus. Then the following day there is the OPPO Reno2 launch which has the Snapdragon 730G.

They will all be great phones, the Pixel will no doubt be classed as one of the best phones of the year, the Realme looks set to be the best spec for the money you can get this year, and the Reno2 has that beautiful design with the sharkfin pop-up and notch-less display.

Pricing will be an interesting point, the Realme is likely to be the best spec of all the phones, but it is guaranteed to be cheaper than the Pixel 4, and there is even a chance it might be cheaper than the Reno2.

But how do the chipsets compare? For this comparison, I will mainly focus on CPU and GPU as things like connectivity and ISP comparisons are less easy or important.


The original Snapdragon 855 comes with a tri-cluster octa-core CPU. It uses one powerful Kryo 485 Gold core clocked @2.84GHz, 3x Kryo 485 Gold cores @2.42 GHz and another 4x Kryo 485 Silver cores @1.78GHz. Its forerunner Snapdragon 845 has a dual-cluster octa-core CPU. It arrives with four powerful Kryo 385 Gold cores @2.8GHz, and the rest 4x Kryo 385 silver cores are pointed @1.7GHz.

The Snapdragon 855 Plus which launched in July modifies the Gold core to run at 2.96 GHz.

Both Snapdragon 730 and 730G use the same CPU cores. These have two powerful Kryo 470 cores clocked @2.2GHz and 6x power efficient Kryo 470 Silver cores @1.8GHz. Considering the architecture, Snapdragon 855 is built-on 7nm node, while, the Snapdragon 845 has a 2nd generation 10nm process. On the other hand, Snapdragon 730 dua fetches Samsung’s LPP 8nm node.


Snapdragon 855 pairs with Adreno 640 GPU, which is the company’s best until date and runs at 600MHz while the Snapdragon 855 Plus increases things to 700MHz

However, both Snapdragon 730 and 730G same Adreno 618. But there is a difference because Snapdragon 730G has overclocked @825MHz compared to 700GHz found on the standard 730. The company promises to deliver 15% better Graphics performance in comparison to SDM730.

Geekbench Scores

The Snapdragon 855 scores 3,448 points in single-core and 10,802 points in multi-core.

The small clock bump to the Gold core allows the Snapdragon 855 Plus to increase the scores to 3611 and 11326.

On the other hand, both Snapdragon 730 and 730G produce similar results due to the identical CPU. The Snapdragon 730 managed to score 2,553 points in single and 6,950 points in multi-core, whereas, 730 brings 2,552 points in single-core and 7,049 points in multi-core.

Geekbench 5 test results from recent reviews

Using the latest Geekbench I have tested several recent phones that have been reviewed on the site. One interesting result is the Snapdragon 730G in the Realme X2 outperforming the Snapdragon 855, this shouldn’t really be the case, but I have redone the tests and the results are the same.

Realme X2 ProSnapdragon 855+6222660
Black SharkSnapdragon 8555352059
Realme X2Snapdragon 730G5461729
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 ProMediatek Helio G90T5041641
Realme 5 ProSnapdragon 7123211481
Honor 9XKirin 710F3261346
Realme 5Snapdragon 6653161363

Antuntu Scores

With Antutu the new 700Hz frequency of the SD855+ allows it to push the score to 396813 whereas the older model achieved a score of 372534 which represents a 6.5% improvement overall.

With the SD730G it has a lead of the normal SD730 with a score of 222538 vs 213113 which is a 4.5% difference.

The difference between the SD730G and the normal SD855 is a 67% jump.

Antuntu v8 test results from recent reviews

The results below are from recent review carried out by myself. The Black Shark 2 is currently having issues loading Antuntu so I have only used its total score, but it gives you a good idea of how each chipset performs.

OnePlus 7TSnapdragon 855+4870501441551992557004373597
Realme X2 ProSnapdragon 855+47332914259619096479996659803
Black SharkSnapdragon 855442971
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5GSnapdragon 8554298591440361723515604457428
Xiaomi Redmi K30 5G
(Leaked score)
Snapdragon 765G30284798651875645798558647
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 ProMediatek Helio G90T28129598263797555728545992
Realme X2Snapdragon 730G25831198328675744794544464
Realme 5 ProSnapdragon 71221650173459618724201339157
Honor 9XKirin 710F17271064742212505074735971
Realme 5Snapdragon 66516786671157334893656826652

3DMark Results

I have also carried out the default 3D mark test for all my sample phones. The Black Shark 2 manages to outperform the Realme X2 Pro even though the X2 Pro has a better chipset. There are two possible reasons for this, the superior cooling inside the Black Shark allows it to maintain its performance. Or it is detecting benchmarks and boosting the performance.

ChipsetSling Shot Extreme OpenGLSling Shot Extreme Vulcan
OnePlus 7TSnapdragon 855+62785504
Realme X2 ProSnapdragon 855+57614921
Black SharkSnapdragon 85557915030
Realme X2Snapdragon 730G24052270
Realme 5 ProSnapdragon 71220911979
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 ProMediatek Helio G90T23772454

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus vs 855 vs Snapdragon 730 vs 730G

Snapdragon 855 PlusSnapdragon 855Snapdragon 730GSnapdragon 730
AnnouncedJuly, 5 2019December 4, 2018April 9, 2019April 9, 2019
CPUTri-cluster octa-core (1x Kryo 485 @2.96 GHzTri-cluster, octa-core (1x Kryo 485 Gold @2.84 GHzDual-Cluster, octa-core (2x Kryo 470 Gold @2.2 GHzDual-Cluster, octa-core (2x Kryo 470 Gold @2.2 GHz
3x Kryo 485 Gold @2.42 GHz3x Kryo 485 Gold @2.42 GHz6x Kryo 470 Silver @1.8 GHz)6x Kryo 470 Silver @1.8 GHz)
4x Kryo 485 (Cortex-A55) @1.78 GHz)4x Kryo 485 Silver@1.78 GHz)
GPUAdreno 640, 700MHzAdreno 640 @600MHzAdreno 618 @825Adreno 618 @700 MHz
StorageUFS 3.0 / eMMC 5.1UFS 3.0 / eMMC 5.1UFS 2.1 / eMMC 5.1UFS 2.1 / eMMC 5.1
Display3360x2160 pixels 4K UHD3360x2160 pixels 4K UHD2520x1080 Full HD+2520x1080 Full HD+
AIHexagon 690 DSPHexagon 690 DSPHexagon 688 DSPHexagon 688 DSP
Camera SupportSingle 48MP (up to 192MP)Single 48MP (up to 192MP)Single 36MP (up to 192MP)Single 36MP (up to 192MP)
Dual 22MP + 22MPDual 22MP + 22MPDual 22MP + 22MPDual 22MP + 22MP
Spectra 380 ISPSpectra 380 ISPSpectra 350 IPSSpectra 350 ISP
ModemSnapdragon X50 5GSnapdragon X50 5GSnapdragon X15Snapdragon X15
Video4320p 8K @15fps, 2160p 4K @150fps, 1080p @60fps, 720p @480fps slo-mo4320p 8K @15fps, 2160p 4K @150fps, 1080p @60fps, 720p @480fps slo-mo2160p 4K @30fps, 1080p @120fps slo-mo, 720p @240fps, slo-mo2160p 4K @30fps, 1080p @120fps slo-mo, 720p @240fps, slo-mo
ChargingQuick Charge 4+Quick Charge 4+Quick Charge 4+Quick Charge 4+
OthersBluetooth 5.0, Dual 4G VoLTE, USB 3.1 support, 802.11a/b/gBluetooth 5.0, Dual 4G VoLTE, USB 3.1 support, 802.11a/b/gBluetooth 5.0, Dual 4G VoLTE, USB 3.1 support, 802.11a/b/gBluetooth 5.0, Dual 4G VoLTE, USB 3.1 support, 802.11a/b/g
GeekBench ScoresSingle Core: 3611Single Core: 3,448Single-Core: 2552Single Core: 2553
Multi Core:11326Multi Core: 10,802Multi-Core: 7049Multi Core: 6950
Antutu Scores396813372534259109207082

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