MediaTek Helio G95 vs Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G – More pointless incremental upgrades in the Realme vs Xiaomi / POCO feud

Hours after the announcement of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G which is set to feature on the new affordable POCO X3 NFC next week, Mediatek has announced their own new chipset of equal pointlessness for the up and coming Realme 7 due on Thursday this week.

I know I am beating a dead horse criticising these chipset launches, and I know both phones will be superb in their own right.

Confusing if not deliberately misleading to your average consumer

However, what is becoming increasingly apparent is that MediaTek and Qualcomm and being used as a marketing technique for new phones launch by these two companies. Fair play I guess, but it is confusing and misleading to consumers.

A lot of these new chipsets will only be launched on one or two phones. In the case of chipsets such as the Helio G80 this is used by both Xiaomi and Realme on the Redmi 9 and Realme 6i. So some of the deals are not exclusive.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G vs SD720G

Qualcomm’s recent announcement compared the chipset to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G which launched in 2019, ignoring the SD720G which launched this year, which has the exact same CPU spec as the SD732G. The end result is a brand new chipset which at best may offer an 18% improvement for the GPU.

It is likely we won’t see that chipset on another phone unless Xiaomi uses it on something else.

MediaTek Helio G95 vs Helio G90T

MediaTek Helio G95 vs Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G –  More pointless incremental upgrades in the Realme vs Xiaomi / POCO feud 9

The MediaTek Helio G95 is even more disappointing; they have also launched the Helio G95 with exactly the same CPU specification as its predecessor, but they have provided just a 12.5% increase in the GPU frequencies.

Mediatek claims the CPU magically manages to achieve an increased 5% in CPU benchmarks (Antutu) and up to 8% in GPU benchmarks (Manhattan 3.0) vs. the G90T.

I would assume the CPU improvement must be from some sort of software optimisation.

MediaTek Helio G95 vs Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G Specification

Helio G90T Snapdragon 732G
Process TSMC 12nm Samsung 8nm (8LPP)
CPU, big cores 2 x Cortex-A76 @ 2.05GHz 2 x Cortex-A76 @ 2.3GHz
CPU, small cores 6 x Cortex-A55 @ 2.0GHz 6 x Cortex-A55 @ 1.8GHz
GPU Mali-G57 MC4 @ 800MHz Adreno 618 (600MHz+)

MediaTek Helio G95 vs Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G Performance and Benchmarks

One of the strange things with the previous Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G was that it was positioned as a superior chipset on more expensive phones than the Helio G90T. However, the Helio G90T outperformed the Qualcomm on a large number of benchmarks.

Qualcomm may have narrowed the difference when comparing the SD732G vs the Helio G90T, but now with the launch of the Helio G95 it looks like Mediatek will retain the lead in many GPU focussed benchmarks.

Geekbench Benchmarks

  Single Core Multi Core
POCO X3 NFC – SD732G 571 1766
Realme 6 Pro – SD720G 568 1643
Realme X2 – SD730G 546 1729
Realme 7 – Helio G95 516? 1650?
Realme 6 – Helio G90T 516 1650

Antutu Benchmarks

  Total CPU GPU MEM UX
Realme X50 – SD765G 323286 103663 94151 68007 57462
Realme 7 – Helio G95
Realme 6 – Helio G90T 290644 97549 81058 55547 56490
Poco X3 – SD732G
Realme 6 Pro – SD720G 282336 104143 70801 52273 55119
Realme X2 – SD730G 258311 98328 67574 47945 44464
Realme 5 Pro – SD712 216501 73459 61872 42013 39157
Realme 6i 201299 73376 41633 45192 41098
Realme 5 SD665 167866 71157 33489 36568 26652

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