May 29, 2020 7:03 PM
Snapdragon 720G vs Helio G90T

Snapdragon 720G vs Helio G90T: Which One is the Better Processor?

With 720G chipset we get support for NavIC navigation system

Realme is launching smartphones like it is on a mission to launch almost two to three smartphones every month. The company recently launched two new smartphones dubbed as Realme 6 and Realme 6 Pro. Both of them are in the budget segment and comes with two of the mid-range chipsets, Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G (Realme 6 Pro) and MediaTek Helio G90T (Realme 6). We have already seen Helio G90T on Redmi Note 8 Pro that delivers better performance than its rivals. Recently, Xiaomi also launched 720G powered Redmi Note 9 Pro and Note 9 Pro Max smartphone in India. Both of these are quite capable processors and to determine which is a better phone to buy in terms of processing power, let’s compare both of them.

Snapdragon 720G vs Helio G90T Comparison

CPU and Manufacturing Process

The Helio G90T is built on an older 12nm process while the Snapdragon 720G is built of a much better 8nm process. This makes the 720G much more efficient than then G90T by a big margin as a 4nm is too big a difference in terms of the manufacturing process. Coming to the CPU, the G90T is an octa-core processor with two high-performance Cortex-A76 cores clocked at 2.05 GHz and six power-efficient Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 2.0 GHz. Comparatively, in terms of numbers, the Snapdragon 720G does better with two high-performance Cortex-A76 cores clocked at 2.3 GHz but pulls back with the Cortex-A55 cores by clocking them @ 1.6 GHz.

In terms of real-life usage, the difference between both of them won’t be much evident. It will only be during high-performance tasks like video encoding when the Snapdragon 720G will pull ahead of the G90T with a faster speed. The 720G offers a 7.2 per cent CPU performance increase in the Antutu benchmark test compared to Helio G90T.

CPU & GPU scores of G90T and 720G
Image Credit: 24x7techie YouTube channel

GPU

In the Snapdragon 720G, we see the Adreno 618. Adreno 618 performs 15% slower than the GPU found in the Snapdragon 730G. In comparison, the G90T has the Mali-G76 3EEMC4 GPU which is clocked at 800MHz. Back when the G90T was launched, it was compared with the 730G in terms of gaming and it was concluded that the G90T was much ahead of 730G’s GPU. This just means that G90T’s GPU will completely blow Snapdragon 720G’s GPU out of the water. The difference between both the processors in terms of gaming will be a significant gap. In Antutu test, Helio G90T delivers a 13.87 per cent GPU performance increase compared to 720G.

Artificial intelligence (AI)

MediaTek didn’t give much thought about AI when they developed the G90T. There is no specific optimization made for AI and even there is not a dedicated APU in the G90T. Whereas, the Snapdragon 720G comes with flagship-grade Hexagon 692 DSP. It has Qualcomm’s All-ways aware technology and even has a dedicated neural processing SDK. So it is quite obvious that Qualcomm wins the battle in this department as there is nothing om offer frim G90T in terms of AI.

Camera & Optics

The Helio G90T comes with their very own 3X ISP which supports a single camera of 64MP @ 22.4fps or a 48MP single camera @ 30fps. On the other hand, the Snapdragon 720G comes with the Spectra 350L ISP which has support for a single 36MP camera with capabilities of shooting at 192MP. In terms of video recording, both of them max out with 4K at 30 fps. However, these are just numbers and how a manufacturer optimizes a software will determine how well the processor uses the maximum it has to offer in this department.

Connectivity

The Snapdragon 720G’s X15 LTE modem provides a download speed of 800 MBps and an upload speed of 150 Mbps. In contrast, the G90T’s modem provides a download speed of 600 Mbps and an upload speed of 150 Mbps. The difference isn’t much here but where the 720G pulls ahead is the support. The 720G has support for Wifi 6 and NavIC while the G90T is still stuck at Wifi 5 with no support for NavIC.

Benchmarks

The Snapdragon 720G powered Realme 6 Pro scored a single-core score of 571 points and a multi-core score of 1676 points in Geekbench v5.1. Helio G90T powered Realme 6, on the other hand, shows a single-core score of 489 points and a multi-core score of 1660 points. Nothing much separating the both of them here.

Snapdragon 720G and Helio G90T Benchmark

24x7techie YouTube channel ran Antutu tests multiple times. We see Helio G90T has 1.35 per cent advantage in the overall Antutu score when compared to the Snapdragon 720G. You can watch the video below:

Which One is the Better Processor?

If raw CPU performance and gaming is a priority then the lower-priced Realme 6 with the Helio G90T will be a better choice. But if someone is looking for overall better performance with better efficiency, better connectivity, better support along with somewhat similar CPU and gaming performance then Realme 6 Pro is the device to get. The only reason why G90T could be preferred over the Snapdragon 720G is better gaming performance.

About Sagar Choudhury

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He is a journalist at DealNTech. He writes on general Android related tech news. He contributes in other categories too. He was working for many other publications. Now a proud member of DealNTech team. He is also a good programmer and web designer. Email: sagar@dealntech.com

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    What about HMP in Helio? It should give advantage over S720 in everyday use (balancing 12vs8nm tech)?
    Or not? And RAM speed makes any difference?

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    It’s so nice to see that there are people who appreciate the Helio G90T chipset here in this comment section.. such a relief. I’ve been using the Redmi note 8 pro powered by the Helio G90T chipset and it’s been blazing fast just like the Snapdragon 845 chipset which is satisfactory for me. I love multi tasking a lot on this device and playing Call of Duty mobile as well.. it’s been 4 months since I purchased this device and it still feels like day one cuz the performance is consistent and great!!. MEDIATEK really went all out this time and consdering the price to performance ratio, this chipset definitely deserves more credit than the rest of the Snapdragon 700 series

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    One chipset was specifically made to create a solid gaming experience for the users and that is the G90T !

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    Helio G90T is definitely a better choice – anyone who knows a lil about processors – knows its G90T which is better !

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    Snapdragon is a little overhyped than it warrants. G90T is solid and it has been able to beat out the 730g in terms of game launch time as well as AnTuTu and GeekBench scores.

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    For enhanced gaming capabilities and a power-efficient performance at a fraction of the cost, the MediaTek Helio g90T offers more than the Snapdragon 720.

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    The MediaTek Helio G90T is a flagship chipset. The Helio G90T is the ideal chipset for heavy-duty tasks and heavy-duty gaming as well. Also the MediaTek Helio G90T manages the CPU and GPU within its resource management system really well.

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      Thank you for pointing that out!!. People really need to understand that a new champion is coming.. Mediatek will take over the budget flagship market from QUALCOMM and soon become the new most preferred and powerful chipset by smartphone manufacturers and users across the world.

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