Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 720G for mid-range and affordable android phones and the SoC continue to be popular in 2021. Snapdragon 720G was among the first few chipsets to support ISRO’s NavIC constellation for better location accuracy in congested urban areas of the Indian subcontinent.
It serves as a replacement for Snapdragon 710 and Snapdragon 712 that were very popular among affordable gaming phones. 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 and Snapdragon 732G, but the three chips are quite similar in terms of specifications and performance.
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 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
|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|
4K Video capture@30fps
|Spectra 350 ISP|
4K Video capture
Slow-motion: up to 1080p at 120 fps or 720p at 240 fps
H.264 & H.265
H.264 & H.265
|Quick Charge||QuickCharge 4+|
List of best Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G Phones in India
1. Realme 8 Pro
Realme 8 Pro (review) drags down a 108MP camera to a very affordable price point. The handset includes an AMOLED display, in-display fingerprint reader, 50W fast charging, and Android 11 based software.
It’s one of the slimmest and one of the most ergonomic phone in its class. So, if you are looking for an under 20K phone that offers good value, this is definitely one option to consider.
Display: 6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED; 60Hz refresh rate| Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G octa-core CPU | RAM: 6GB/8GB | Storage: 128GB UFS 2.1 | Software: Android 11| Rear camera: 108MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front camera: 16MP| Weight: 176g | Dimensions: 160.6 x 73.9 x 8.1 mm | Battery: 4500mAh, 50W
2. Samsung Galaxy A52
The best part of the Samsung Galaxy A52 (review) has to be its design. Other highlights to look forward to include high refresh rate AMOLED display, a versatile 64MP quad-camera system, and promise of latest Android updates for the next 3 years.
This should be particularly appealing to consumers who perfer buying from offline stores.
Display: 6.5-inch Full HD+ AMOLED| Processor: Snapdragon 720G SoC | RAM: up to 8GB | Storage: 128GB | Software: Android 11 | Rear camera: 64MP+12MP+5MP+5MP | Front camera: 44MP | Battery: 4500mAh | Weight: 189g | Dimensions: 159.9 x 75.1 x 8.4 mm
3. Vivo V20
Vivo V20 is a mid-range phone powered by Snapdragon 720G paired with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. The handset runs Android 11 out of the box, has an AMOLED display and a 4000mAh battery with fast charging support.
The handset is quite light and looks quite elegant. The camera performance is also above average when compared to other phones in this price segment.
Display: 6.44-inch Full HD+ AMOLED| Processor: Snapdragon 720G SoC | RAM: up to 8GB | Storage: 128GB | Software: Android 11 | Rear camera: 64MP+8MP+2MP | Front camera: 44MP | Battery: 4000mAh | Weight: 171g | Dimensions: 161.3 x 74.2 x 7.4 mm
4. Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max & Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
Xiaomi wasn’t far behind to launch its Snapdragon 720G phone in India. Redmi Note 9 Pro and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max are Xiaomi’s first set of Snapdragon 720G powered phones in the country.
Both these Xiaomi phones flaunt FHD+ screen with a 60Hz refresh rate. Like Realme 6 Pro, these Redmi branded phones also carry Gorilla Glass 5 protection on the screen.
Things that set both these phones apart are cameras and memory configurations. While the Standard Pro version comes with 48MP primary rear camera, the Pro Max version uses 64MP as the primary rear snapper. The Redmi Note 9 Pro base has 4GB RAM+64GB ROM and max out with 6GB RAM+128GB ROM whereas the Pro max starts with 6GB RAM + 64GB ROM and max out with 8GB RAM + 128GB ROM.
Display: 6.67-inch FHD+ IPS LCD; HDR 10, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 720 octa-core CPU | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB UFS 2.1 | Software: Android 10 | Rear camera: 64MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP | Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 209g | Dimensions: 165.8 x 76.7 x 8.8 mm | Battery: 5000mAh
5. Poco M2 Pro
Poco M2 Pro (review) opts to feature Snapdragon 720G under-the-hood to meet the performance requirements of the budget gamers. That’s right, with Snapdragon 720G comes Poco M2 Pro gets Qualcomm’s Elite Gaming optimizations to ensure smooth be Call of Duty Mobile or Life is Strange.
The Poco M2 Pro flaunts a 6.67-inch IPS LCD panel. The Full HD+ resolution screen has a Gorilla Glass 5 cover on top. It comes with a 5020mAh battery bundled with a 33W fast charger.
Display: 6.67-inch FHD+ IPS LCD; HDR 10, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 720 octa-core CPU | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB UFS 2.1 | Software: Android 10 | Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP | Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 209g | Dimensions: 165.8 x 76.7 x 8.8 mm | Battery: 5000mAh
6. Oppo Reno 4 Pro
Oppo Reno 4 Pro was a great phone with Snapdragon 720G, but we can no longer recommend it as option. That’s because it has been supplanted by the Reno5 Pro which upgrades all aspects without bloating the price.
It comes with 3D Curved design which is compliments 90Hz FHD+ AMOLED screen. The LTE phone features a 4000mAh battery with 65W fast charging.
Display: 6.5-inch FHD+ AMOLED (90Hz), HDR10 | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 720 octa-core CPU | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 128GB/256GB UFS 2.1 | Software: Android 10 | Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front camera: 32MP | Weight: 161g | Dimensions: 160.2 x 73.2 x 7.7 mm | Battery: 4000mAh
Best Snapdragon 720G Phones in 2021
Snapdragon 720G continues to be relevant a year after its launch and is still available in several affordable phones. The SoC is, however, missing 5G support and we expect it to be replaced by new 5G chipsets by the end of 2021.
|Realme 8 Pro||INR 17,999|
|Samsung Galaxy A52||INR 26,499|
|Vivo V20||INR 21,499|
|Redmi Note 9 Pro Max||INR 14,999|
|Poco M2 Pro||INR 12,990|