Snapdragon 732G vs MediaTek Helio G95

The Snapdragon 732G vs MediaTek Helio G95 argument has been raging around for a while now. This is obvious because they are both upper midrange SoCs targeted at the same markets.

Qualcomm and their Snapdragon SoCs have always been giants in the midrange market. Mediatek are gradually coming back in after the disaster that was the Helio X. Products from both companies were bound to clash at some point.

Last year, the upper midrange section was a battleground between the Snapdragon 720G and the Helio G90T. This year, the stage is set for Snapdragon 732G vs MediaTek Helio G95.

A lot of manufacturers have already used both SoCs on their phones. Prominent SD732G phones include Xiaomi Mi 11 lite, Poco X3, Redmi Note 10 Pro (Pro Max), Moto G40 Fusion and Moto G60. The Helio G95 phones are Tecno Phantom X, Infinix Note 10 Pro, Realme 7/8, Redmi Note 10S etc.

As you can see, both SoCs are very competitive in the market place. If you have around $220 (N90,000) to $300 (N125,000) for a new phone, chances are that you are going to have to choose between either of this two.

Which one is the best choice for your needs? Let us find out.


Snapdragon 732G vs MediaTek Helio G95

Performance

CPU cores

The Snapdragon 732G has a 2+6 big.LITTLE octa core set up. There are two Kryo 470 Gold (based on Cortex A76) big cores running at 2.3GHz and six Kryo 470 Silver (based on Cortex A55) small cores with a clock speed of 1.8GHz.

The Mediatek Helio G95 also has a similar 2+6 big.LITTLE octa core set up. The two ARM Cortex A76 running at 2.05GHz are the big cores. The six ARM Cortex A55 cores running at 2.0GHz are the small cores.

Both SoCs have similar setups. For big tasks, the 732G will pull ahead of the G95 as its big CPU cores are faster and are custom made. For the small tasks, the G95 may appear faster e.g opening of apps speed test.

Despite all that, the SD732G has the better CPU cores.

GPU

The GPU is used for graphics processing and rendering of games and other graphic tasks. The SD732G uses the ever reliable Adreno 618 which is featured on the SD720G, SD730 and SD730G. The Helio G95 on the other hand uses the Mali G76 3EEMC4.

The Mali G76 GPU is more powerful than the Adreno 618 in terms of raw performance. But developers tend to code apps specifically for Adreno GPUs thereby optimizing their performance. Regardless, the Mali G76 on the G95 is the better GPU here.


Read: What is a GPU?


ISA

The SD732G uses the older ARMv8-A instruction set architecture which is rather surprising. The Helio G95 uses the more modern ARMv8.2-A.

Transistor size

The size of the transistors on which CPU cores are built play a huge part in heating, energy consumption and (arguably) optimization. The rule of thumb is, the smaller the transistor size, the better the performance, heating, battery consumption.

The SD732G has a small 8nm process while the Helio G95 uses a bigger 12nm process.

Memory (RAM)

The RAM helps the CPU carry out tasks, load and keep apps in memory as well as multitasking.

The RAM on both phones is an LPDDR4X module, but the G95’s RAM runs faster at a speed of 2133MHz compared to the SD732G which comes in second at a speed of 1866MHz.

Benchmarks

Benchmarks, are synthetic tests, that are used to evaluate the real life performance of an SoC.

Geekbench only tests CPU performance, whilst Antutu benchmarks tests CPU cores, GPU and RAM.

On Geekbench, SD732G has a single core score of 568 and a multi core score of 1798. The G95 has inferior scores of 522 (single core) and 1639 (multi-core).

On Antutu, the opposite is the case as the G95 has a score of 303,250 while the 732G scores a lesser 281,022. The G95 scores better here because of its superior GPU and RAM advantages.

Multimedia

Internal storage

Both SoCs support eMMC 5.1 and UFS 2.1. These are the physical storage spaces where your songs, games, movies etc. will be stored on the device.

ISP

The Image Signal Processor, or ISP, handles and processes the images/videos that are taken by the camera. The ISP is usually paired with an AI CPU that would help it intelligently process images (still/moving).

The SD732G comes with the Spectra 350L and the Hexagon DSP 688. The G95 ships with the Triple X (3X) ISP and a Da Vinci NPU.

For images, the SD732G can handle single cameras up to resolutions of 192MP and a dual (22+22MP) set up. The G95 on the other hand maxes out at 64MP for single cameras and 24MP for dual cameras.

For videos, the SD732G can capture videos of 4K (@30FPS) and play them back at 60FPS. The G95 can also capture 4K video at 30FPS but can only play them back at 30FPS. It does not match the 60FPS playback of the 732G.

For ISP, the SD732G is superior.

Display

The SD732G can handle display resolutions of 3360 × 1440P (QHD) while the G95 can only reach 2520 × 1080P (FHD+).

Connectivity

Network

The SD732G has a Snapdragon X15 (cat. 15) modem on board. The X15 has speeds of 150Mbps (uplink) and 800Mbps (downlink).

The G95 has a generic (cat.12) network modem with uplink speeds of 150Mbps and downlink speeds of 600Mbps.

Bluetooth and WiFi

The SD732G has the better Bluetooth 5.1 and WiFi 6 version. The G95 has the older Bluetooth 5 and WiFi 5 versions.

Head to Head

CPU – SD732G

GPU – G95

ISA – G95

RAM – G95

Transistor size – SD732G

Benchmarks – Tie

Storage – Tie

ISP – SD732G

Display – SD732G

Network – SD732G

BT & WiFi – SD732G

The G95 does well in performance/gaming but falls short in all other areas. If you are looking for the total package and can overlook a slight drop in GPU/RAM, it’s SD732G. Personally, it’s the SD732G for me, hands down.


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