Recently, Realme expanded their 8-series product line-up with the Realme 8 5G and the Realme 8 giving us three excellent options in their new range, all using different chipsets.
The Realme 8 Pro uses the Snapdragon 720G, the 8 5G uses the brand new MediaTek Dimensity 700, and the Realme 8 uses the MediaTek Helio G95.
Last year, the Realme 7 5G used the Dimensity 800U, so Realme has actually downgraded the chipset to hit a new low price point. But how much difference will that make, and is 5G connectivity worth it over the Helio G95?
MediaTek Dimensity 700 vs Dimensity 800U vs Helio G95 vs Snapdragon 720G Specification Compared
|SoC||Mediatek Dimensity 700||Dimensity 800u||Helio G95||Snapdragon 720G|
|CPU||2x ARM Cortex-A76@2.2GHz||4 ARM Cortex-A76@2.4GHz||2x 2.05 GHz – Cortex-A76||
2x Kryo 465 Gold @2.3 GHz
|6x ARM Cortex-A55@2.0GHz||4 ARM Cortex-A55@2.0GHz||6x 2 GHz – Cortex-A55||x Kryo 465 Silver @1.8 GHz
|GPU||ARM Mali-G57 MC2||ARM Mali-G57 MC3||Mali-G76 3EEMC4||Adreno 618 – 750 MHz|
|Memory Controller||2x 16-bit 2133MHz LPDDR4X / 17.0GB/s||2x 16-bit 2133MHz LPDDR4X / 17.0GB/s||2x 16-bit 2133MHz LPDDR4X / 17.0GB/s
|LPDDR4X 1866 MHz
|ISP/Camera||48MP or 64MP main camera
20MP+16MP dual camеra
|20MP + 16MP, 64MP||4MP + 16MP, 48MP, 64MP||Dual 16MP + 16MP MFNR @30fps
Single 36MP MFNR, ZSL @30pfs, 48MP, MFNR or 192MP
|Integrated Modem||M70 5G Modem||M70 5G Modem||Cat-12 4G LTE||
Snapdragon X15 LTE Modem
D/L Speed: 800 Mbps (LTE cat.15)
Downlink 3×20 MHz carrier aggregation Up to 256-QAM
U/L Speed: 150 Mbps (LTE cat.13)
Uplink 2×20 MHz carrier aggregation Up to 64-QAM
|Fabrication Process||TSMC 7nm N7||TSMC 7nm N7||TSMC 7nm N7||Samsung
All four chipsets offer a very similar specification for the CPU, all being 2x Cortex-A76 + 6x Cortex-A55, just slightly different frequencies
The Helio G95 sits at the bottom of the pack with 2.05 GHz on its two performance cores, making it just 6.8% behind the Dimensity 700 and the biggest difference being 14% behind the Dimensity 800u.
GPU performance will be the main thing that differentiates the performance between the chipsets. I have not used a phone with the MediaTek Dimensity 700 yet, but it uses the same ARM Mali-G57 GPU as the 800u but with 1 less core (a 33% reduction).
The Helio G95 uses the higher end but older Mali-G76 MC4, while Qualcomm uses their own Adreno 618.
The benchmarks below will give some idea of the performance differences.
Both the Dimensity chipsets feature 5G connectivity, while the Helio G95 and Snapdragon 720G lack it.
5G coverage has improved a lot in the UK, and if you can get it, it’s fantastic. I am just not sold on the idea of needing 5G on a budget phone. 4G is already very good in the UK, and I think a lot of buyers would be better off with a 4G chipset with a superior spec elsewhere.
Benchmarks & Performance – Antutu – 3DMark Wildlife
|Poco X3 Pro – SD860||476271||134294||191563||82818||67596|
|Realme 7 5G – Dimensity 800||329068||104445||86478||65762||72383|
|Realme X50 – SD765G||323286||103663||94151||68007||57462|
|Poco X3 – SD732G||301581||103403||79234|
|Realme 7 – Helio G95||287963||97262||83992||55016||51693|
|Realme 8 Pro – SD720G||283961||100274||70466||53007||60214|
|Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro – Helio G90T||281295||98263||79755||57285||45992|
|Realme 6 Pro – SD720G||282336||104143||70801||52273||55119|
|Realme X2 – SD730G||258311||98328||67574||47945||44464|
|Slingshot Extreme OpenGL||Wild Life|
|Xiaomi Redmi K40 / Poco F3
|Poco X3 Pro – SD860||Max||3428|
|Huawei P40 Lite – Kirin 820||4131||1892|
|TCL 10 5G – Snapdragon 765G||3331||1682|
|Oppo Reno4 Z
|Realme 7 5G
|Poco X3 NFC – SD732G||2702||839|
|Realme 8 Pro- SD20GG||2590||780|
Antutu and 3DMark results are favourable towards the MediaTek chipsets, and the Dimensity 800U outclasses the competition overall.
However, the GPU performance in Antutu is not far off the Realme 7, which uses the Helio G95, so there should be a reasonably large dip in performance when benchmarking the Mediatek Dimensity 700.
Some sites list the Dimensity 700 with a score of 285883, placing it below the G95, but a touch above the SD720.
The Realme V13 with the Dimensity 700 is reported as scoring 1102 in 3DMark Wildlife which places it ahead of both the SD720G and the Helio G95
Benchmarks indicate that the MediaTek Dimensity 700 will offer superior gaming performance vs the Helio G95 with the added bonus of the 5G connectivity. This somewhat ruins my initial theory that the Realme 8 will be a much better buy than the Realme 8 5G.
The combination of the superior gaming performance and the 90Hz IPS display will make the Realme 8 5G a better buy for anyone that is a keen mobile gamer.
An alternative option would be to look for deals on the Realme 7 5G; it looks like Appliances and Laptops Direct both have the Realme 7 5G for £209. With this, you would get a significant increase in gaming performance thanks to the Dimensity 800U, a faster refresh rate display (120Hz) and faster charging.
I still think that most regular UK buyers will prefer the Realme 8. The AMOLED display will offer a more enjoyable experience for general usage, and then you get a superior camera specification and much faster charging.
Posted by Mighty Gadget Blog: UK Technology News and Reviews