Just a few days ago, Realme launched two new budget phones to their list of smartphones launched in 2020. They are the Realme 6 and Realme 6 Pro. The Realme 6 Pro comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, which was launched by Qualcomm just a month ago, keeping the Indian market in mind. Immediately as it came into existence, Realme and Xiaomi were the first ones to announce that they would use this new processor from Qualcomm, and Realme did it first. However, there is another device priced very similar to the Realme 6 Pro and also comes with a bigger brand name. Here we are talking about the Samsung Galaxy M31, which was launched a while ago with Samsung’s very own Exynos 9611.
So any potential buyer looking to buy a device around the 15000 price will be confused about which is a better buy. To make the decision easier, we will compare both the SoCs in this article to see which one offers more value. So, let’s get started.
Snapdragon 720G vs Exynos 9611 Comparison
Manufacturing Process and CPU
The Qualcomm processor is ahead here as it is built on an 8nm process, as compared to the 10nm manufacturing process of the Exynos 9611. This makes the Snapdragon 720G way more efficient than the Exynos 9611. Even in the CPU department, the Snapdragon 720G pulls ahead with two Cortex-A76 performance cores clocked @ 2.3 GHz and six Cortex-A55 efficiency cores clocked @ 1.8 GHz. The Exynos 9611, on the other hand, uses the age-old four Cortex-A73 performance cores clocked @ 2.3 GHz and four Cortex-A53 cores clocked @ 1.7 GHz. In simpler terms, the Exynos 9611 CPU architecture is generations behind the 720G.
GPU(Graphics Processing Unit)
The Snapdragon 720G comes with Adreno 618, which can handle any game we throw at it. Maybe there will be some frame drops while playing AAA title games, but still, it will be playable most of the time. However, much like the CPU architecture, even with the GPU, Samsung went cheap and used the Mali G72 MP3 GPU, which is already a few years old now. The Exynos 9611 will just simply struggle to maintain a decent graphic performance, especially considering how graphic demanding the latest mobile games are.
In the AI department, we see Qualcomm’s 5th Gen AI engine for the Snapdragon 720G. It comes with Hexagon 692 DSP, Hexagon Tensor Accelerators, Vector Extensions, and Accelerators. In comparison, we see a digital signal processor and a neural network engine in the Exynos 9611. As expected from an older processor, the 9611 just can’t come close to the number of TOPs the Snapdragon 720G can perform.
Both the processors are not 5G compatible processors. Both of them support LTE, with the Snapdragon 720G coming with a Snapdragon X15 LTE modem, which supports a download speed of up to 800 Mbps and an upload speed of up to 150 Mbps. In comparison, the LTE modem in the Exynos 9611 results in a download speed of 600 Mbps and an upload speed of 150 Mbps. Other connectivity features for the 720G include Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, Dual Band GPS and ISRO’s NavIC navigation system, USB Type-C, and NFC. On the other hand, the Exynos 9611 provides support for Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi, GPS, and FM Radio.
Display & Memory
The Snapdragon 720G has support for FHD+ resolution displays at a refresh rate of 60Hz, 90Hz, or 120Hz. On the contrary, with the Exynos 9611, we support FHD+ resolution displays but only at a refresh rate of 60Hz. The RAM support is the same in both of them, maxing out at 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM, and even the storage support is the same as UFS 2.1.
In Geekbench, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G scores a single-core score of 571 points and a multi-core score of 1676. On the other hand, the Exynos 9611 scores a single-core score of 305 points and a multi-core score of 1177 points. So, Qualcomm’s 720G is the clear winner in terms of performance.
Which One is the Better Processor?
Despite the similar price tag of the Realme and Samsung devices, the performance difference between them is just too big not to notice. The Snapdragon 720G has a better GPU, CPU, AI engine, ISP, display and connectivity support, etc. So, hands down, Realme 6 Pro with the Snapdragon 720G is a much better device than Samsung’s Exynos 9611-powered Samsung Galaxy M31.