The mid-range smartphone took big strides in making people feel ashamed of spending top dollar on a flagship smartphone. And the primary reason for their success in delivering a consistently reliable performance are the chipsets inside. The mid-range segment is the hunting ground for Qualcomm and MediaTek who are locked in a tight battle in allowing OEMs to keep churning out new features, hit higher performance levels, improve the cameras, and yet keep the costs low. And while MediaTek is being reported to have beaten Qualcomm in terms of sheer volume, in-depth testing proved the San Diego-based chipmaker was technologically ahead of its Taiwanese rivals. Naturally, our nominations include two Snapdragon SoCs and one surprisingly powerful MediaTek chip.
Nominees for the Best Mid-range Mobile SoC of 2020 for the Indian Gadget Awards 2020
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G 5G
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G
- MediaTek Helio G95
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G 5G
Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 765G alongside the Snapdragon 865, indicating it’s the second-in-command after the flagship. And the chip went on to power what would perhaps be the most diverse set of devices, replete with 5G support – Both sub-6GHz and mmWave frequencies. It powered smartphones like the OnePlus Nord, Vivo X50 Pro, LG Wing, Moto Razr 5G, Pixel 5 and more. And all of them proved to be fascinating gadgets on their own. The key reason for that is the fact that the Snapdragon 765G borrows a lot of crucial elements from the flagship Snapdragon 865. It’s made on the same 7nm+ manufacturing process. The CPU architecture includes a high-performance prime core and the GPU is capable enough to support some of the Snapdragon Elite Gaming features. The Snapdragon 765G was an excellent move by Qualcomm in remaining on top of the mid-range mobile performance.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G
The Snapdragon 732G held the key to the POCO X3’s success. After running riot with the POCO X2, the speed-binned Kryo 470 cores of the Snapdragon 732G gave that extra edge to the POCO X3. The chip is made on a Samsung 8nm manufacturing process and features Kryo 470 cores clocked at up to 2.3GHz. The SoC also includes the Adreno 618 GPU that supports HDR gaming, allowing the POCO X3 to offer various colour modes for popular games like Call of Duty: Mobile.
MediaTek Helio G95
The MediaTek Helio G95 was the perfect alternative to the Snapdragon chips in the mid-range segment. MediaTek chips managed to keep smartphones a lot more affordable, without compromising on the feature set. The Helio G95 isn’t as advanced as the other Qualcomm chips in our nominations, but it sure does give its rivals a run for their money in raw performance. Smartphones like the Realme Narzo 20 Pro and the Realme 7 that the chip powers are both affordable and powerful, boasting high-refresh rates and ultra-fast charging along with support for 64MP quad cameras and UFS 2.1 storage. Most of the popular games including Garena: Free Fire and Call of Duty: Mobile run at Medium to High graphics at a stable 60FPS, which is what most mid-range smartphone gamers want anyway.
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