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MediaTek Dimensity 800 vs Snapdragon 730G – MediaTek regaining the Mid-end SoC market

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With the arrival of 2020, the war to dominate the 5G technology sector is growing stronger, so mobile processor manufacturing companies such as Qualcomm and MediaTek have not only connected to 5G technology, but also more strong than ever. These two companies have provided processors with 5G capacity for smartphones, as well as Dimensity 800 and Snapdragon 730G, and due to all the features that these processors bring, and to the strength that it possesses, we decided to take on the task of comparing them, so welcome to the MediaTek Dimensity 800 vs Snapdragon 730G comparison.

MediaTek regaining the Mid-end SoC market

MediaTek Dimensity 800 vs Snapdragon 730G – Specs Sheet Comparison

 Dimensity 800 Snapdragon 730G
Release dateJanuary 7, 2020April 9, 2019
Process7nm 8nm
CPUOcta-core 4x Arm Cortex-A76 clocked @2.0 GHz
4x Arm Cortex-A55 clocked @2.0 GHz ) Octa-core (- 1x Kryo 475 (A76) Prime 2.3 GHz (765)
- 1x Kryo 475 (A76) Prime 2.4 GHz
Dual-Cluster, octa-core (2x Kryo 470 Gold @2.2 GHz
6x Kryo 470 Silver @1.8 GHz)
GPUMali-G57 MP4 Adreno 618 @825
AIQuad-core APU 3.0
2.4 TOPS
Hexagon 688 DSP
ConnectivityIntegrated 5G Modem Snapdragon X15
D/L Speed: 800 Mbps (LTE cat.15)
Downlink 3x20 MHz CA
U/L Speed: 150 Mbps (LTE cat.13)
Uplink 2x20 MHz CA
CameraDual 32MP+16MP
or single 64MP
Single 48MP (up to 192MP)
Dual 22MP + 22MP
Spectra 350 IPS
PriceAround $300 to $400$268

MediaTek Dimensity 800 vs Snapdragon 730G – Release Date Comparison

About release dates, it is obvious that the Dimensity 800 has a great advantage. This processor was shown to the world a very short time ago, on January 7 of this year, thus surprising users. Having said that, and although the Snapdragon 730G was not presented long ago, it does have time hanging around the market, since it was presented almost a year ago, on April 9, 2019.

MediaTek Dimensity 800 vs Snapdragon 730G – Process Comparison

First off let us start with the process technology which determines the power consumption and performance of the SoC. Keep in mind the lower the number the better is the performance as well as battery life efficiency. Well, we can clearly see that the Dimensity 800 owns the first place in this category due to 7nm its process, while the Snapdragon 730G gets the second place due to its 8nm process. The smaller size in the nanometers makes it possible to build smaller chips but with greater power, and the new EUV technology helps it manage energy consumption much better.

Winner: MediaTek Dimensity 800

Process Comparison

MediaTek Dimensity 800 vs Snapdragon 730G – CPU Comparison

It is time to start this great comparison of processors, and we will start talking about the CPUs that are inside. Starting with the Dimensity 800, it is the first SoC to feature the four core performance and core architectures in the core segment; This large processor works with four large ARM Cortex A76 cores with a clock speed of 2 GHz, along with four small ARM Cortex A55 cores with the same clock speeds, up to 2 GHz. MediaTek is working on the inclusion of more chips performance cores, and all due to having more performance cores improves the opening times of the applications and games, as well as improves the performance of multiple threads.

That being said, the Snapdragon 730G has an eight-core (octa-core) technology that is divided into two groups. A fast performance cluster features two ARM Cortex A76 cores clocked up to 2.2 GHz and an energy-efficient cluster that features six small ARM Cortex A55 cores clocked up to 1.8 GHz. Depending on the workload, only individual clusters or all cores can run at different clock speeds.

Having seen the CPUs that these two processors bring, and while it can be said that the Snapdragon 730G could be the winner because of a slightly higher frequency of that Cortex A76. However, Dimensity 800 also has better frequency when it comes to low-power Cortex A55 cores. This is whether the process comes in. Due to Dimensity 800 having a better process, the performance over time will be much better with less heat dissipation than SD 730G.

MediaTek Dimensity 800 vs Snapdragon 730G – CPU Comparison

Winner: MediaTek Dimensity 800

MediaTek Dimensity 800 vs Snapdragon 730G – GPU Comparison

Turning to talk about the GPUs that are inside these two powerful processors, in terms of GPU performance, the Dimensity 800 uses the Mali-G57MC4, a four-core variant of the Mali-G57, which was announced in October. Its clock speed hasn’t been disclosed yet.

On the other hand, the Snapdragon 730G works with the Adreno 618, manufactured by Qualcomm itself, which has a speed of 700MHz. That being said, this processor has been overclocked to offer between 15% and 25% more power.

The Dimensity 800 had a close call with the Snapdragon 730G, however, and because we don’t have Dimensity’s clock speed and official GPU benchmark, we might consider this section a tie for now. We do believe that Snapdragon 730G will have a close call on winning this.

MediaTek Dimensity 800 vs Snapdragon 730G – GPU Comparison

Winner: Tie

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MediaTek Dimensity 800 vs Snapdragon 730G – Benchmark Comparison

Currently, the MediaTek Dimensity 800 is so new that no benchmarks are yet available, neither AnTuTu nor GeekBench, but we do have Snapdragon 730G AnTuTu and GeekBench scores: in AnTuTu, this processor scores 259.109 points, while in GeekBench, the SD 730G scores 2557 points for single-core and 6963 points for multi-core.

Winner: Tie

MediaTek Dimensity 800 vs Snapdragon 730G – AI Comparison

Now, talking about AI, the APU 3.0 (AI Processing Unit) presented by MediaTek has four cores consisting of three different core types, allowing the Dimensity 800 to provide up to 2.4 TOPS of AI performance. Furthermore, the APU HW design is also said to be more efficient and more powerful to enable more accurate AI camera results.

With that said, the Snapdragon 730G incorporates the Hexagon 688 DSP to move artificial intelligence code, and adds the Vector eXtensions, in addition to the Hexagon Tensor Accelerator. That means that the chip is not only responsible for coordinating the rest of the processor but also has a specific execution unit. And to top it off, we have a neural processing SDK also included.

MediaTek Dimensity 800 vs Snapdragon 730G – AI Comparison

Winner: MediaTek Dimensity 800

MediaTek Dimensity 800 vs Snapdragon 730G – Camera Comparison

Regarding the ISP (image signal processor) of the processor, the Dimensity 800 supports up to four cameras, with a maximum resolution of 64 megapixels. Similarly, artificial intelligence-based enhancements are promised to improve autofocus, exposure, white balance, and noise reduction. Also, 4K HDR recording is supported, as long as the mobile allows it.

That being said, the Snapdragon 730G incorporates new features in the photographic aspect, such as the possibility of mounting sensors up to 192 megapixels, or the assistant for the focus, or the Portrait mode in video, functional even capturing at 60 frames per second. A highly photographic chip that also supports up to three cameras and up to 5x optical zoom.

Camera Comparison

Winner: Snapdragon 730G

MediaTek Dimensity 800 vs Snapdragon 730G – Connectivity Comparison

As for connectivity, the Dimensity 800 5G SoC supports 5G with two carrier aggregation (2CC CA) for 30% wider high-speed layer coverage and a higher average throughput performance compared to other solutions that use a single carrier (1CC, no CA). Also, it includes multi-mode support for 2G/3G/4G, and also supports Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS).

Having said that, the Snapdragon 730G by Qualcomm chip includes a range of other features like a fast X15 LTE radio (800 Mbits Cat 15 download, 150 Mbps Cat 13 upload), one of the first Wifi 6 wireless radios (802.11ax) and satellite positioning ( GPS, QZSS, GLONASS, SBAS, Beidou, Galileo). There’s no 5G support in SD 730G.

MediaTek Dimensity 800 vs Snapdragon 730G – Connectivity Comparison

Winner: MediaTek Dimensity 800

Price Comparison

Regarding its price, and although there is still no information regarding phones that have the Dimensity 800, it is possible that the price of Dimensity 800 phones will be higher than SD 730G because of the fact that it support 5G networking. If we see a smartphone featuring this SoC, it would be around $300 to $400.

Dimensity 800 will open a whole new category of mid-end 5G phones with the best pricing

Meanwhile, the Lenovo Z6, which inside has the Snapdragon 730 processor, is sold in the world market along with a very attractive price tag of $268, taking the prize in this price category.

Winner: Snapdragon 730G

Our Final Verdict

Concluding this MediaTek Dimensity 800 vs Snapdragon 730G comparison, we must say that it depends on the user to select the processor that best suits its needs. That being said, and guided by this comparison, we still need the official benchmarks to confirm how good is the GPU of the new Dimensity 800. For now, we are considering Dimensity 800 as the winner because of lead in the process, CPU performance, 5G connectivity, and AI performance.

MediaTek Dimensity 800 (4 Points) | Snapdragon 730G (2 Points) | Tie (2 Points)

Overall Winner: Snapdragon 730G

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MediaTek Dimensity 800 vs Snapdragon 730G – MediaTek regaining the Mid-end SoC market
Summary
In this Dimensity 800 vs Snapdragon 730G battle, the Dimensity 800 is the winner for now, until AnTuTu Benchmarks arrives of the 800.
Reader Rating4 Votes
7.9
SD 730G over Dimensity 800
Better camera
Better price
Dimensity 800 Over SD 730G
Better process
Better CPU
Better AI
5G Connectivity
8.5
Total Rating
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