The best phones with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G for affordable gaming

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If you are looking for a gaming phone but can’t justify the cost of a flagship phone, then the upper midrange 700-series chipsets from Qualcomm are a superb solution.

These chipsets will comfortably handle AAA games, as well as popular online FPS gamers such as COD or Fortnite as well as browser-based gaming which can range from classic retro games to gaming in Online casino Malaysia. Most games are developed to run on the lowest common denominator so a mid-range chipset tends to offer more than enough performance for everything, and will generally be able to run all the games in the highest settings.

Currently, there are several options including from newest to oldest:

  • Snapdragon 768G
  • Snapdragon 765G
  • Snapdragon 720G
  • Snapdragon 730/730G

Out of these phones either last year's Snapdragon 730G or the Snapdragon 720G will offer the best value for money when it comes to gaming performance. The SD765G/SD768G are both 5G chipset, so there are additional costs associated with this.  

Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G key features for gaming:

  • Snapdragon 720G is based on a power-efficient 8nm process. There are 2x Cortex A76 cores clocked up to 2.3GHz, and six regular Cortex-A55 cores that go up to 1.8GHz. Qualcomm claims a 60% improvement in performance compared to last generation chipset.  
  • Qualcomm 720G is a game-centric chipset and banks on Adreno 618 GPU that delivers up to 75% performance improvement for new gaming APIs. 

Phones with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G

Even though the SD720G maybe the best bang for you buck chipset this year, many companies are opting to go for the 5G based chipsets. This, therefore, means there are only three  phones in the UK market with the SD720G

Realme 6 Pro

The Realme 6 Pro was launched alongside the flagship X50 Pro at the start of May, it is a superb phone and the only option at this price point with an optical zoom.

It is also ideal for gaming as it has a high refresh rate 90Hz display making gaming smoother and more responsive.

Redmi Note 9s

The Redmi Note 9s is the most affordable out of the three phones, currently available for less than £200 in the UK, making it one of the best sub-£200 phones available. It has a standard refresh rate for the display and less RAM, so not quite as good as the Realme, but the price difference justifies it.

Redmi Note 9 Pro

The Redmi Note 9 Pro is basically the same as the Note 9s but with a better camera, more RAM on the base spec, and a faster-charging battery. This makes it a better all-round phone than the 9S but it comes in at £30 more.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G vs Snapdragon 730G Specification comparison

 Snapdragon 720GSnapdragon 730G
Core configuration2.3GHz Kryo 465 (Cortex- A76 based) x 22.2GHz Kryo 470 (Cortex- A76 based) x 2
 1.8GHz Kryo 260 (Cortex-A55 based) x 61.8GHz Kryo 470 (Cortex-A55 based) x 6
Process8nm 8nm LPP
GPUAdreno 618Adreno 618
Display support (on device)FHD+ (2520 x 1080 @ 90/120 Hz), Up to 10-bit color depthFHD+ (2520 x 1080), Up to 10-bit color depth
 HDR10 for internal panelHDR10 for internal panel
  Qualcomm Low Power Picture Enhancement, Qualcomm TruPalette Display Feature
RAM and StorageStorage: eMMC, UFS 2.1 RAM: 8GB, 2×16 LP4x 1866Storage: eMMC, UFS 2.1
  RAM: 8GB, 2×16 LP4x 1866
ModemSnapdragon X15 LTE Download speed: Up to 800MbpsSnapdragon X15 LTE Download speed: Up to 800Mbps
 Upload: Up to 150MbpsUpload: Up to 150Mbps
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6 Ready, Bluetooth 5.0Wi-Fi 6 Ready, Bluetooth 5.0
 Dual SIM Dual VoLTEDual SIM Dual VoLTE
DSPHexagon 690; 5th gen AIHexagon 688
ISP/CameraSpectra 350L ISPSpectra 350 ISP
 Single-camera: 192MPSingle-camera: 192MP
 4K Video [email protected]4K Video capture
  Slow-motion: up to 1080p at 120 fps or 720p at 240 fps
Encode/Decode2160p30, 1080p1202160p30, 1080p120
 H.264 & H.265H.264 & H.265
Quick ChargeQuickCharge 4+QuickCharge 4+
 QickCharge AI

Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G Benchmarks

In Antutu, the Snapdragon 720G scores a total of 103012 points compared to the Snapdragon 730G’s 96,779 points with respect to CPU performance with the GPU staying about the same. For Geekbench, the Snapdragon 720G scores higher in the single-core performance but scores just a tiny bit lower than the Snapdragon 730G in multi-core performance.