Qualcomm has been very active in refreshing its mid-range lineup that includes Series 600 and series 700 chipsets. Of these, the Snapdragon 700-series is meant to bring select Snapdragon 800-series flagship features in slightly low performance and aggressively priced bracket.
The recently launched Snapdragon 730 and Snapdragon 730G are such 8nm process based cost-effective chipsets that are quickly being adopted in real-world devices.
What’s the difference between Snapdragon 730 and Snapdragon 730G?
The’G’ stands for gaming. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 730G is almost similar to Snapdragon 730, but it’s better optimized for gaming. The 730G integrates “Snapdragon Elite Gaming” suite that enables it to render relatively better graphics (Vulkan 1.1), support smoother gameplay, drive powerful wireless audio while gaming, and more.
The 730G also drive comparatively higher resolution displays (QHD+ vs Full HD+).
So basically for consumers who aren’t interested in high-end gaming, the two chips should be equivalent.
What’s special about Snapdragon 730/ Snapdragon 730G?
- These new chips are based on the power-efficient 8nm manufacturing process and employ two powerful Cortex-A76-based Kryo 460 cores, resulting in a 35% performance boost over SD 710.
- The Adreno 618 GPU is 25% faster than Adreno 616 on Snapdragon 710. This should result in significantly smoother gaming performance.
- Snapdragon 730 and 730G are Wi-Fi 6 ready
- The Spectra 350 ISP brings support for latest camera features like Multi-frame noise reduction, 4K HDR videos with portrait mode, etc.
- Snapdragon 730 and Snapdragon 730G have 2X faster AI processing and can detect 2 Wake words simultaneously.
Best Phones with Snapdragon 730G and Snapdragon 730 to buy in 2019
1. Samsung Galaxy A80
Samsung’s Galaxy A80 is the first Snapdragon 730G phone, which is expected to launch in India in May. The Galaxy A80 marquee feature is its swivel camera that’s housed in a motorized pop-up slider. Consequently, the same triple camera module serves as both the front and rear.
The handset includes an in-display fingerprint sensor, Samsung Pay, and runs the latest One UI software.
Display: 6.7-inches, 1080 x 2400| Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G | RAM: Up to 8GB | Storage: up to 128GB | Software: Android 9.0 (Pie) | Rear Camera: 48MP+8MP+ToF sensor | Selfie: same as rear camera| Battery: 3700mAh
2. Xiaomi Snapdragon 730 phone (Mi A3)
To keep up with the relentless competition, Xiaomi will soon launch a Snapdragon 730 phone in India. The information was confirmed by a tweet from Xiaomi India MD Manu Kumar Jain.
Any guesses? 😎 pic.twitter.com/TnrnTOr4PI
— Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) April 26, 2019
We can safely assume that this upcoming Xiaomi phone will cost less than Rs. 20,000 and will be up against Realme 3 Pro’s 8GB RAM variant that will release this July.
3. Realme 730 phone (Upcoming)
The Realme X isn’t that Snapdragon 730 phone but rumor has it that it is working on one. It remains to been seen when and where it becomes available. Some rumor mills are suggesting that the Realme X Indian variant will be running on Snapdragon 730SoC but there is nothing that substantiates these claims as of yet.
Best Snapdragon 730G phones
Snapdragon 730G is still a very new chip and it will be sometime before it makes it to more phones. We will keep updating this list as more options surface.