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MediaTek Dimensity 800 vs Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G Performance Comparison of Benchmarks on OPPO Reno4 Z & Realme X50 5G

Qualcomm comfortably dominates the chipset market, and with the current issues, Huawei/HiSilicon are facing the number of competitors has slimmed down.

However, MediaTek has stepped up their game in the past year or so. The Helio G90T was, and still is, an amazing affordable mid-range chipset that traded blows, even surpassing the performance of the SD720/730G chipsets.

The MediaTek Dimensity 1000 was the first chipset to be announced with an integrated 5G modem and one of the first chipsets to use the Arm Cortex A77 CPU. Sadly, it took forever for it to be implemented on phones, but has now started to become more widely available.

Since then, multiple other Dimensity chipsets have launched, all offering incredible performance at an affordable price point. Initially, these were all limited to phones in China, but with the launch of the OPPO Reno Z the western market now has access to these new mid-range 5G chipsets.

The launch of the OPPO Reno4 Z with the Dimensity 800 opened the doors for Dimensity chipsets to be used in more phones available in the UK and EU. There will be at least one more phone launching before the end of this month using a different Dimensity chipset to this.

So does MediaTek offer viable competition against Qualcomm?

For this comparison, I am only checking out the Snapdragon 765G, which is a popular choice this year, and the chipset Google opted to use on their Pixel 5. Qualcomm has just launched the SD750G which is available on the Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite, but I haven’t been able to get hold of a sample of this yet.

MediaTek Dimensity 800 vs Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G Specification

  Snapdragon 765G Dimensity 820 Dimensity 800 Dimensity 800u Dimensity 720
Manufacturing Process Samsung
7nm EUV (7LPP)
7nm 7nm 7nm 7nm
CPU 1x Kryo 475 Prime (CA76)
@ 2.4GHz
1x Kryo 475 Gold (CA76)
@ 2.2GHz
6x Kryo 475 Silver (CA55)
@ 1.8GHz
4x Cortex A76 @ 2.6GHz
4x Cortex A55 @ 2.0GHz
4x Cortex A76 @ 2.6GHz
4x Cortex A55 @ 2.0GHz
4x Cortex A76 @ 2.4GHz
4x Cortex A55 @ 2.0GHz
4x Cortex A76 @ 2.0GHz
4x Cortex A55 @ 2.0GHz
GPU Adreno 620 Arm Mali-G57 MC4 Arm Mali-G57 MC4 Arm Mali-G57 MC3 Arm Mali-G57 MC3
RAM 2x 16-bit CH

@ 2133MHz LPDDR4X / 17.0GB/s

LPDDR4x 2133MHz LPDDR4x 2133MHz LPDDR4x 2133MHz LPDDR4x 2133MHz
Modem Snapdragon X52 Integrated Mediatek M70 Mediatek M70 Mediatek M70 Mediatek M70
AI Hexagon 696
HVX + Tensor

(Total CPU+GPU+HVX+Tensor)

Integrated Integrated Integrated Integrated

The above table shows the ever-expanding range of Mediatek mid-range chipsets. Which perhaps gives us some insight into how Mediatek approaches things. They have launched a lot of options to cater for many price points, but they have done this be tweaking existing products to keep costs down.

So the Dimensity 800 originally sat at the top of the mid-range chipsets, the Dimensity 800U has its A76 clocks cut by 0.2Ghz and loses one Mali-G57 GPU core, then the Dimensity 720 has a more significant drop of 0.4Ghz on the Z76 cores.

The Dimensity 820 was launched later than the 800, being a supped up version with an additional GPU Core.

Qualcomm has technically done the same, they have the Snapdragon 765G, 765 and 768G, but the 768G is only used in one phone, and I am not sure if the none G 765 was used in anything.

With the CPU, there is a big difference with the design, Qualcomm uses a 1x1x4 layout with just two A76 cores, but Mediatek uses a design that is more typically associated with flagship chipsets using 4 big A76 cores and 4 smaller A55 cores.

Comparing the GPU is harder, but the benchmarks help with that.

MediaTek Dimensity 800 vs Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G Benchmarks

Antutu Benchmarks

Antutu Benchmark Total CPU GPU MEM UX
Redmi 10X – Dimensity 820
3rd party review
401419 129050 123943 68754 79672
Huawei P40 Lite 5G – Kirin 820
By me
350308 113628 108027 69102 59551
Realme X7 – Mediatek Dimensity 800U
341298 107310 90345 77329 66314
Realme X50 – Snapdragon 765G
By me
323286 103663 94154 68007 57462
Oppo Find X2 Lite – Snapdragon 765G
By me
323940 104845 92682 58053 68238
Oppo Reno4 Z – Mediatek Dimensity 800
By me
304485 102822 88856 60406 52401
Realme V5 – Mediatek Dimensity 720
301380 96385 73639 74302 57054

For this, I copied a table I have already used, this includes benchmarks from 3rd party reviews and also leaked Antutu results. I decided to leave all the data there as it can show how misleading some data can be.

The lower specced Mediatek Dimensity 800U on the Realme X7 is reported 341298, I can confirm this is not 100% accurate. Also, it depends on how a phone handles a benchmark, Realme seems to have quite aggressive clocks on benchmarks causing the numbers to be a touch higher than expected.

Regardless, the Mediatek Dimensity 800 fares well, achieving just 6% less than the Oppo Find X2 Lite which I benchmarked previously.

Running the phone in performance mode, it is possible to inflate the Antutu benchmark to 325989, which is likely what is being done on some of these leaked Antutu results. However, I don’t find this to be an accurate representation of performance because I would never enable performance mode during regular usage.

Geekbench Benchmarks

  Single Core Multi Core
Huawei P40 Lite 5G – Kirin 820 606 2304
TCL 10 5G – Snapdragon 765G 621 1924
Realme X50 – Snapdragon 765G 612 1899
Oppo Find X2 Lite – Snapdragon 765G 595 1799
Oppo Reno4 Z – Dimensity 800 503 2121

Similarly, the Dimensity 800 does well compared to the Snapdragon 765G on pricier phones. It scores 15% less on the single-core test, but outclasses the SD765G on multi-core thanks to those four A76 cores.

Running this in performance mode had some odd results, the single-core shot up to 534 but dropped the multi-core score down to 1793.

3DMark Benchmarks

  Slingshot Extreme OpenGL
Huawei P40 Lite – Kirin 820 4131
TCL 10 5G – Snapdragon 765G 3331
Realme X50 – Snapdragon 765G 3308
Oppo Find X2 Lite – Snapdragon 765G 3415
Oppo Reno4 Z
Dimensity 800

The trend continues, the Dimensity 800 is fractionally behind the SD765G. The difference is quite small here, just 1.5% when compared to the Realme X50. I would say this is quite important too, most recent chipsets have been more than powerful enough to do your day to day phone activities, it is only really gaming that taxes the phone a lot.

PCMark Benchmarks

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Maikel Du

I worked in many technical fields, but I always resort to blogging which has become an addiction to me
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