Qualcomm has launched Snapdragon 765G on December 5, 2019, a premium 5G ready mid-range processor. In terms of specifications, Snapdragon 765G is similar to Samsung’s Exynos 980 which was launched on 4 September 2019. MediaTek will also unveil its mid-range 5G SoC which will probably be called Dimensity 1000L MT6885. Consumers who are waiting for mid-range 5G smartphones these three processors will end their wait in 2020. So we are going to discuss the comparison between Snapdragon 765G, Exynos 980 and Dimensity 1000L MT6885 based on their key specifications.
Snapdragon 765G Vs Exynos 980 Vs MediaTek Dimensity 1000L MT6885
Central Processing Unit (CPU)
All three 5G processors come quite close to each other in terms of performance/specification. All of them are octa-core SOCs.
If we look at Snapdragon 765G cores it consists of one ARM Cortex-A76 based Kryo 475 Prime core at 2.4 GHz, one ARM Cortex-A76 based Kryo 475 Gold core at 2.2 GHz and six ARM Cortex-A55 based Kryo 475 Silver cores at 1.8 GHz. The first core, clocked at 2.4 GHz is dedicated for high demand tasks then the second core clocked at 2.2 GHz is dedicated for somewhat moderate performance demanding task and the rest of six cores clocked at 1.8 GHz is power-efficient cores for normal day to day tasks.
Then coming to the Exynos 980 it consists of two Cortex-A77 cores at 2.2 GHz and Cortex-A55 cores at 1.8 GHz. The first core, clocked at 2.2 GHz is dedicated for high demand tasks like gaming and other stuff where higher frequency cores are required and the rest of six cores clocked at 1.8 GHz is power-efficient cores for normal day to day tasks.
On the other hand, as per leaks, MediaTek’s Dimensity 1000L chipset will have four Cortex-A77 cores with a clock speed of 2.2GHz for high performance. The remaining four cores will come with Cortex-A55 at 2.0GHz for power efficiency and mid-performance.
So, after looking at the details specifications of CPU cores we can say All three of them are quite similar to each other.
Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)
According to Qualcomm claim, Snapdragon 765G’s GPU Adreno 620 got 38% performance boost compared to last-gen Adreno 618 GPU. So performance-wise it’s quite a nice upgrade from last-gen. In contrast, Samsung’s Exynos 980 uses its last-gen flagship SOCs GPU this time. A Mali-G76 in an MP5 configuration is used in Exynos 980 but they cut the core count to less than half compared to last-gen flagship GPU. For Dimensity 1000L, leak reveals, it will use ARM’s Mali-G77 GPU.
We have to wait till some GPU benchmarks hit the market to see how each GPU perform, on paper we can’t say much.
Here in the manufacturing process Snapdragon 765G takes this round. Snapdragon 765G is built using Samsung’s 7nm EUV (Extreme Ultraviolet) process. In contrast, Samsung’s Exynos 980 is made using Samsung’s 8nm FinFET LPP (Low Power Plus) process. So we can say Snapdragon 765G is more power-efficient compared to Exynos 980.
Both Snapdragon 765G and Exynos 980 SOC uses LPDDR4X memory. So in terms of memory performance, both SOC is equal. Snapdragon 765G’s memory is clocked at 2133 MHz but Samsung’s Exynos 980 doesn’t disclose this number.
In AI performance Snapdragon 765G can perform over 5.4 trillion operations per second (TOPS). For AI performance Snapdragon 765G uses its Hexagon 696 DSP and HVX with tensor. By using its CPU, GPU, HVX and Tensor it outputs 5.4 TOPS of raw AI computing power.
Coming to the Exynos 980 Samsung’s haven’t shared any details except it is using Samsung’s in house NPU engine which is integrated into the SOC. So it’s very hard to decide which one will perform better in the field of dedicated AI tasks.
If we talk about display Snapdragon 765G can support QHD+ (3200 x 1800) at 60 Hz refresh rate and FHD+ at 120Hz. In contrast, Exynos 980 can support WQHD+ (3360 x 1440) at 60 Hz refresh rate. As both of them are midrange SOCs so we can’t expect high refresh rate support in high resolution. So in terms of display both of the processors are almost equal.
For camera Snapdragon, 765G uses Qualcomm’s Dual 14-bit Spectra 355 ISP. This Spectra 365 ISP can process image up to 192MP in size, also 36MP images with ZSL (Zero Shutter Lag) or 22MP images with ZSL in dual camera mode. For slow-mo videos, it can record 480fps videos at 720p. Also, it supports HDR10+ in video recording. It supports HDR10, HDR10+, HLG and HEVC video formats. Snapdragon 765G can capture 4K HDR video in portrait mode and it uses 10-bit colour depth video capture.
In contrast, Exynos 980 can capture 108MP images in a single camera and 20MP images in dual camera mode. Also, it supports 10-bit 4K UHD 120fps encoding and decoding with HEVC (H.265), H.264, and VP9 formats.
So we can say Snapdragon 765G is slightly ahead in camera department compared to Exynos 980.
Both Snapdragon 765G and Exynos 980 uses integrated modems for connectivity. Snapdragon 765G uses Qualcomm’s X52 Integrated Modem-RF system. For 5G Spectrum, it supports Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS), mmWave and sub-6 GHz spectrums. Qualcomm claims 3.7Gbps DL (download link) and 1.6Gbps UL (upload link) for 5G whereas 1.2Gbps DL and 0.21Gbps UL for LTE network connectivity.
In contrast, Exynos 980 uses Shanon Integrated modem. Samsung claims 2.55Gbps DL and 1.28Gbps UL for 5G whereas 1Gbps DL and 0.2Gbps UL for LTE network connectivity. So we can say Snapdragon 765G’s connectivity is better compared to Exynos 980.
Which One is Better Chipset?
If we compare them according to their specifications, we don’t see a clear winner here. All of these SOC’s are almost equal in terms of specifications. But Antutu benchmarks show a different story. Here, Snapdragon 765G scores 302,847, Exynos 980 scores 326,029 and MediaTek Dimensity 1000L scores 379,839 in Antutu.
So, we can clearly see MediaTek Dimensity 1000L is a better SOC in terms of performance if we compare three of them head to head.