After launching Snapdragon 730G last year Qualcomm released a new SoC this year, Snapdragon 720G. Because the mobile gaming market is growing at a rapid pace year after year Qualcomm is trying to manufacture low-budget gaming SoCs. As you can see the name includes the character “G” at the end of the model number which suggests this is a gaming-oriented SoC for lower mid-range Smartphones.
In the Indian market, we have seen Poco X2, Realme X2 and Oppo Reno 2 with Snapdragon 730G SoC. The Realme 6 Pro, Redmi Note 9 Pro and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max comes with Snapdragon 720G. Soon we will see lots of devices between 13,000 to 17,000 INR which will use Qualcomm’s SOCs with good gaming performance. The 720G SoC is quite same as 730G in terms of specification but still, there are some minor changes in this processor which is what we are going to discuss in detail in this article.
So if you are looking for a good budget gaming smartphone with Qualcomm SoC this might be the best article you stumbled upon so let get started with the comparison. You can also read our comparison between Qualcomm’s gaming-centric chipset powered device Poco X2 and Realme 6 Pro.
Snapdragon 730G vs 720G Comparison
The main difference between Snapdragon 730G and 720G lies on the CPU. Talking about cores both these SoCs has 8-core included in it. So there is no difference in the core count. But the main difference lies in the core architecture and core frequency. Where Snapdragon 720G has Kryo 465 architecture but Snapdragon 730G runs on slightly superior Kryo 470 architecture.
If we go into detail core comparison, Snapdragon 720G has 8-cores. Two cores (Cortex-A76) are Kryo 465 Gold cores clocked at 2.3GHz and other 6 cores (Cortex-A55) are clocked at 1.8GHz which is Kryo 465 Silver cores.
Whereas Snapdragon 730G also includes the same number of cores but they are clocked at slightly low speeds. In Snapdragon 730G, 2 cores (Cortex-A76) are Kryo 470 Gold cores clocked at 2.2GHz and other 6 cores (Cortex-A55) are clocked at 1.8GHz which is Kryo 470 Silver cores.
So these two CPUs are going to perform neck to neck with each other, Snapdragon 730G might gain few percentages in performance due to better CPU architecture but higher clock speed of 720G will also make single-threaded work go as fast as 730G. So, in my opinion, Snapdragon 720G is the winner if you want to save a few bucks. Talking about Antutu CPU scores, We see 730G scores 96336 points whereas 720G scores 103248 points.
In the GPU section both these SoCs use same Adreno 618 GPU. Qualcomm says GPU of Snapdragon 730G is overclocked by 15% than 730’s Adren 618 GPU. But, the company does not mention whether the same GPU is overclocked for the 720G chipset. For smooth gaming experience on phones, both chipsets come with support for several gaming elite features. Also in terms of API support, both these SoCs have almost the same numbers but Snapdragon 730G supports DX12 API which is not supported by 720G’s GPU. If we look at AnTuTu benchmarking GPU scores, Realme 6 Pro powered 720G scores 70226 points whereas Poco X2 powered 730G scores 71146 points. So in term of GPU performance, we can say Snapdragon 730G is slightly ahead of 720G.
Both Snapdragon 730G and 720G are manufactured using 8nm manufacturing process. So there is nothing to compare here, both SoCs are equal in this section.
In terms of display refresh rate, both of these SoCs comes with support for 90Hz or 120Hz refresh rate. As for max on-device display, 730G can support QHD+ (3360 x 1440) whereas 720G can handle displays up to FHD+(2520 x 1080) resolution. So in this field 730G is the winner as it offers a maximum resolution of QHD+.
For camera performance and support both of these chipsets are equal. Everything is same in the camera section expect the ISP (image signal processor), where Snapdragon 730G uses Qualcomm 2X 14-bit Spectra 350 ISP, whereas Snapdragon 720G uses Qualcomm 2X 14-bit Spectra 350L ISP.
Both of the processors are capable of Single-camera MFNR up to 48MP and Single-camera up to 192MP. But in Snapdragon 730G for Single-camera MFNR (Multi-Frame Noise Reduction), ZSL (Zero Shutter Lag), 30fps up to 36MP and for Dual-camera MFNR, ZSL, 30fps mode it is capable of taking a photo/video up to 22MP whereas in Snapdragon 720G for Single-camera MFNR (Multi-Frame Noise Reduction), ZSL (Zero Shutter Lag), 30fps up to 32MP and for Dual-camera MFNR, ZSL, 30fps mode it is capable of taking a photo/video up to 16MP only.
Also, both these SoCs are capable of recording 4K UHD video at 30 fps. For slow-motion videos these chips can record at 1080p at 120fps, 720p at 240 fps and 720p at 960 fps with frame rate conversion.
Both Qualcomm’s gaming chipset 730G and 720G support UFS 2.1 storage. And for RAM both SoCs supports Dual Channel LPDDR4X up to 8GB at 1866 MHz. So both SoC is 100% the same in the memory department.
Both of these SoCs use same Snapdragon X15 LTE modem so they are identical to each other. These SoCs can achieve up to 800 Mbps download link speed and 150 Mbps upload link speed in 4G LTE network.
Also, both chips support Bluetooth 5.0, Dual 4G VoLTE, USB 3.1 support and Quick Charge 4. And these SoCs will not support future 5G network because the Snapdragon X15 modem is not a 5G modem.
This is the tricky section where we can’t directly find the best AI engine and both AI engine is using the different components. Snapdragon 730G uses older Qualcomm Hexagon 680 processor whereas 720G use new Qualcomm Hexagon 692 processor. Also, Snapdragon 720G AI engine has Qualcomm Sensing Hub and Qualcomm Hexagon Scalar Accelerator which is not present in Snapdragon 730G.
Talking about benchmark test through Geekbench 5.1.0, Qualcomm’s 730G powered Poco X2 phone scores 544 points in single-core performance and 1731 points in multi-core performance. On the other hand, Snapdragon 720G powered Realme 6 Pro device scores 571 points and 1676 points in single-core and multi-core respectively. So, we can see both processors are capable of providing almost similar performance in mid-range devices.
In the Antutu benchmark test, we see up to a 1.42% increase in the total score compared to the 730G. You can watch detailed benchmark tests on 24x7techie YouTube channel. We have also embedded the video below:
Specifications Comparison Table
|SoC||Snapdragon 730G||Snapdragon 720G|
|Core configuration||2 x 2.2 GHz Kryo 470 (Cortex- A76 based) |
6 x 1.8GHz Kryo 470 (Cortex-A55 based)
|2 x 2.3 GHz Kryo 465 (Cortex- A76 based) |
6 x 1.8GHz Kryo 465 (Cortex-A55 based)
|GPU||Adreno 618||Adreno 618|
|DSP||Hexagon 688||Hexagon 692|
Up to 36MP with MFNR, ZSL, 30fps
Up to 48MP with MFNR
Up to 192MP
Upto 22MP dual with MFNR, ZSL
Up to 32MP with MFNR, ZSL, 30fps
Up to 48MP with MFNR
Up to 192MP
Upto 16MP dual with MFNR, ZSL
|Memory||2x 16-bit @ 1866MHz|
|2x 16-bit @ 1866MHz|
|Display||QHD+ (3360x1440 pixels)||FHD+ (2520 x 1080 pixels)|
|Integrated Modem||Snapdragon X15 LTE|
DL = 800 Mbps
UL = 150 Mbps
|Snapdragon X15 LTE|
DL = 800 Mbps
UL = 150 Mbps
|Charging||QuickCharge 4+||QuickCharge 4+|