Smartphones are getting more powerful every year, and midrange drivers are no exception. Today, during its annual At the 5G Summit, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 778G chipset, which further closes the gap between high quality midrange devices and true flagship phones.
This SoC shares the DNA with the The Snapdragon 780G platform was announced earlier this year. In fact, you will have a hard time telling the difference between the two and one of the main reasons the new chip has existed is to combat the silicon shortage that has plagued the industry in recent months.
The Snapdragon 778G is equipped with the same Spectra 570 Triple ISP unit as the 780G. It is a powerful system that can collect and process information from up to three cameras at the same time. This includes both still images and videos.
Phones equipped with the SD 778G can also record 4K HDR10 + video with enhanced color, contrast and detail. In the AI department, the Snapdragon 778G platform is based on the Hexagon 770 processor, which can deliver up to 12 TOPs. In practice, this means some smarter AI image processing magic like noise reduction, image stitches in night mode, and a lot more.
The 778G is also Elite Gaming certified, which means gamers will enjoy nifty little features like VRS (Variable Rate Shading) and Game Quick Touch for medium-range devices. The Adreno 642L GPU inside is currently an unknown size, but at least on paper it should deliver up to 40% better performance than its predecessor – the Adreno 620.
The new chipset supports mmWave and Sub-6 5G connectivity thanks to the integrated Snapdragon X53 5G modem RF system. The FastConnect 6700 connectivity system enables Wi-Fi 6 speeds at multiple gigabits (up to 2.9 Gbps) and supports Bluetooth 5.2 on board.
You can expect the new Snapdragon 778G platform to be available in the upcoming high-tier smartphones from Honor, iQOO, Motorola, OPPO, Realme and Xiaomi in the second quarter of 2021.