Qualcomm used to have the most powerful chipsets for Android and still does. However, AnTuTu’s performance charts show that the competition is closer than ever. And it’s smaller than ever, too – HiSilicon doesn’t matter anymore and Samsung just doesn’t sell Exynos flagships in China (where AnTuTu is based, so the charts are geared towards that market).
Starting with the flagships, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 phones hold the top 3 positions: Red Magic 7 Pro, iQOO 9 (the Chinese version) and iQOO 9 Pro.
However, MediaTek’s Dimensity 9000 is knocking on the door. The Redmi K50 Pro is fourth (this should go under a Poco F4 name globally), the Oppo X5 Pro (for China) is sixth. The rest of the top 10 are Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 devices, but the Dimensity is just a few percent off the top score.
The AnTuTu team credits the Red Magic’s score to its superior cooling – it’s a gaming phone with a built-in fan – which allowed the chipset to keep its frequencies high. The iQOOs are gaming phones too, and while they don’t have fans, their cooling is beefier than most phones.
As for the two Dimensity 9000 models, AnTuTu writes that Oppo uses a more conservative regulator, which slightly lags the performance of the Find X5 Pro behind the Redmi. The K50 Pro didn’t automatically switch to performance mode during testing, which kept it from surpassing the 1 million mark.
The fight between Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and Dimensity 9000 is not one-sided. The MediaTek chip was ahead in CPU performance, but its Mali-G710 MC10 GPU was slightly behind the Qualcomm chip’s Adreno 730. No wonder, the Adreno has been the most efficient GPU for Android for years.
Moving on to budget devices that cost 2,000 CNY ($315/€285/£24,000) but pack a Snapdragon 888 or a high-end Dimensity chip. The Moto Edge S30 (S888+) and the one-year-old Realme GT 5G (S888) take first and second place. In third place is a slightly older model, the Realme GT Neo2T (Dimensity 1200). The Redmi Note 10 Pro (for China, Dimensity 1100) and Realme Q3s (Snapdragon 778G) take fourth and fifth place.
AnTuTu also made a list of the best performing phones in the CNY 2,000-3,000 category, topped by Moto Edge X30 (SD 8 Gen 1), Redmi K50 (Dimensity 8100) and K50 Pro (Dimensity 9000). Note that these charts show a “value for money” ratio, that is, performance divided by price. This is how the Dimensity 8100 phone outperformed the one with the 9000. The Realme GT Neo3 is also based on the 8100 chip.
Best value phones: CNY 2,000 or less • CNY 2,000-3,000
With that in mind, we move to the CNY 3,000-4,000 category, led by the Redmi K50 Gaming, Realme GT2 Pro, and Nubia Z40 Pro. All three use the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. The iQOO 8 and 9 represent the Snapdragon 888(+).
Next, the CNY 4,000-5,000 category. This is again led by three Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 models: Red Magic 7 Pro, Xiaomi 12 Pro and iQOO 9 Pro.
Best value phones: 3,000-4,000 CNY • 4,000-5,000 CNY
Finally, the “money is not an object category”. As you can tell from the rating, performance is only a small part of what you’re paying for in these phones. Notably, the Dimensity 9000 version of the Oppo Find X5 Pro is at the top, closely followed by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 version, followed by the vivo X70 Pro+ (SD 888+).
Best Value Phones: CNY 5,000+
In the middle class, the Dimensity 8000 series still has to make its mark here. The first is the iQOO Z5 (Snapdragon 778G), followed by the Honor 60 Pro (Snapdragon 778G+) and the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G (Snapdragon 780G). After that, it’s all 778G phones up to 10th, where an Oppo Reno6 5G (Dimensity 900) spoils the all-Snapdragon party.
Source 1 | Source 2 (in Chinese)
https://www.gsmarena.com/antutu_charts_show_dimensity_9000_is_breathing_down_snapdragon_8_gen_1s_neck-news-53833.php AnTuTu charts show Dimensity 9000 Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 breathing down its neck