New Snapdragon 730 and 730G
Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 730, a new chip that will likely power mid-to-high-end phones later this year. Its predecessor, the 712 and 710, it will be catering the premium mid-segment devices, and while Qualcomm recently launched a slightly faster iteration called the Snapdragon 712, but Snapdragon 730 is a much bigger improvement over 712 SoC. To Know more about Snapdragon 812 Click Here
Compared to the 710, which it is probably replacing, the Snapdragon 730 upgrades the two ‘big’ CPU cores from Kryo 360 (based on ARM Cortex-A75) to Kryo 470 (Cortex-A76), The 8-core of Snapdragon 730 uses Kryo 470 cores at up to 2.2GHz and is built on an 8nm process. The six ‘small’ power-efficient cores are still based on Cortex-A55, but they go up to 1.8GHz now, 100MHz more than before. All of this should translate into a substantial 35% leap in CPU performance.
Snapdragon 730 has an Adreno 618 GPU, a Hexagon 688 processor with a tensor accelerator, a Spectra 350 “computer vision” image signal processor, an X15 LTE modem, and support for Wi-Fi 6. Many of these elements should help bring AI-powered processing and imagery to not-quite-flagship devices. Also new GPU (promises 25% increased performance), Hexagon 688 DSP, and Spectra 350 ISP, the latter of which enables up to a 36 MP single main camera or a 22 MP dual setup and 960fps 720p slo-mo video capture, as well as 4K HDR video Portrait mode.
The new ISP can do computer vision acceleration too, and the new DSP includes Qualcomm’s Tensor Accelerator units for machine learning inferencing – these have so far been features relegated to the top tier 8xx line of Snapdragon SoCs, but not anymore.
The Snapdragon 730 is made on Samsung’s 8nm LPP process, which at the moment is the second best there is – and since this is still a mid-range chipset, that’s quite impressive. The new process should yield some battery life improvements compared to the Snapdragon 710 which was made on a 10nm process, but we’ll have to wait for shipping devices to really judge that.
There’s also a gaming-focused version called the 730G, with a GPU clocked higher for 15-percent faster performance. The 730G will support phones with 1440p displays, up from 1080p on the regular 730, and offers 960fps slow-motion video. Qualcomm also says that it enables a “Jank Reducer” feature that is capable of “reducing janks by up to 90 percent” in 30fps games. Which, okay.
Snapdragon 730 VS Snapdragon 730G
|Processor||Snapdragon 730||Snapdragon 730G|
|CPU||Octa-core Kryo 470, up to 2.2GHz||Octa-core Kryo 470, up to 2.2GHz|
|GPU||Adreno 618||Adreno 618|
|Camera support (single lens)||48MP||48MP|
|Camera support (dual lens)||22MP||22MP|
|Max Display Resolution||2520 x 1080 (FHD+)||3360 x 1440 (QHD+)|
|Select Snapdragon Elite Gaming features||No||Yes|
|HDR10 Gaming Support||No||Yes|
As you can see from the table above, there is not much separating the two chipsets. However, the differences lie in terms of gaming performance. You see, the “G” in Snapdragon 730G stands for gaming. The processor is specially tuned to provide better gaming performance. While it does feature the same CPU and GPU as the standard Snapdragon 730, it comes with Select Snapdragon Elite Gaming features. This includes support for True HDR10 gaming, as well as a max display resolution of up to 1440p.
Ultimately, the choice will depend on the user. While obviously, it will be down to the OEMs as to which chipsets they decide on embedding inside their devices, both chipsets offer slightly different experiences. The Snapdragon 730 will offer a better battery life while the Snapdragon 730G will push the system for better graphics performance. As for day-to-day activities, there is no difference in the performance as such.