Qualcomm today announced three new chipsets that fill the gap in its existing affordable and lower-midrange lineup or the market where MediaTek is trying hard to make a comeback.  

These are 4G LTE only chipsets and the first lot to support ISRO’s NavIC constellation for better location accuracy in congested urban areas. The Snapdragon 720G leads the pack and should be a replacement for Snapdragon 710 and Snapdragon 712 powered gaming phones moving forward. As the ‘G’ moniker denotes, the chipset leverages “select Snapdragon Elite Gaming features from premium-tier mobile platforms”, but Qualcomm also ushers in improvements in other areas like Audio, cameras, and display colors, dynamic range, and contrast. 

The Snapdragon 720G is positioned below Snapdragon 730G, but the two chips have quite a few similarities in terms of specifications. 

Snapdragon 720G Key Features:

  • Snapdragon 720G is based on a power-efficient 8nm process. There are 2x Cortex A76 cores clocked up to 2.3GHz, and six regular Cortex-A55 cores that go up to 1.8GHz. Qualcomm claims a 60% improvement in performance compared to last generation chipset.  
  • Qualcomm 720G is a game-centric chipset and banks on Adreno 618 GPU that delivers up to 75% performance improvement for new gaming APIs. 
  • Snapdragon 720G phones will have support for Quick Charge 4.0 fast charging and USB PD. 
  • Apart from gaming, the Snapdragon 720G has support for advanced entertainment features. 
  • The SoC integrates X15 LTE modem, the same modem which you’d find on Snapdragon 730. The SoC supports VP9 and HEVC codecs
  • Snapdragon 720G has Qualcomm aptX HD support for 24-bit wireless audio output.
  •  The chipset supports Wi-Fi6 and Bluetooth 5.1
  • Camera features include support for 4K recording and up to 192MP sensor resolution 

In case you are wondering how the Snapdragon 720G compares to Snapdragon 730G, here’s a brief specs comparison.

Snapdragon 720G vs Snapdragon 730G: Specs comparison

Mobile platform Snapdragon 720G Snapdragon 730G
Core configuration 2.3GHz Kryo 465 (Cortex- A76 based) x 2

1.8GHz Kryo 260 (Cortex-A55 based) x 6

2.2GHz Kryo 470 (Cortex- A76 based) x 2

1.8GHz Kryo 470 (Cortex-A55 based) x 6

Process 8nm  8nm LPP
GPU Adreno 618 Adreno 618
Display support (on device) FHD+ (2520 x 1080 @ 90/120 Hz), Up to 10-bit color depth

HDR10 for internal panel

FHD+ (2520 x 1080), Up to 10-bit color depth

HDR10 for internal panel

Qualcomm Low Power Picture Enhancement, Qualcomm TruPalette Display Feature

RAM and Storage Storage: eMMC, UFS 2.1 RAM: 8GB, 2×16 LP4x 1866 Storage: eMMC, UFS 2.1
RAM: 8GB, 2×16 LP4x 1866
Modem Snapdragon X15 LTE Download speed: Up to 800Mbps

Upload: Up to 150Mbps

Snapdragon X15 LTE Download speed: Up to 800Mbps

Upload: Up to 150Mbps

Connectivity Wi-Fi 6 Ready, Bluetooth 5.0
Dual SIM Dual VoLTE
Wi-Fi 6 Ready, Bluetooth 5.0
Dual SIM Dual VoLTE
DSP Hexagon 690; 5th gen AI Hexagon 688
ISP/Camera Spectra 350L ISP

  • Single-camera: 192MP
  • 4K Video capture@30fps
Spectra 350 ISP

  • Single-camera: 192MP
  • 4K Video capture
  • Slow-motion: up to 1080p at 120 fps or 720p at 240 fps
Encode/Decode 2160p30, 1080p120

H.264 & H.265

2160p30, 1080p120

H.264 & H.265

Quick Charge QuickCharge 4+

QickCharge AI

QuickCharge 4+

Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G Phones in India

Both Xiaomi and Realme are working on Snapdragon 720G phones for India. Snapdragon 720G phones are expected to arrive in India by mid-2020, so there’s still some time. The teaser posted by Realme also shows Realme X50-like dual front cameras.

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