Qualcomm has just unveiled another 5G-enabled chipset for mid-range smartphones, the Snapdragon 778G. It’s a strange marketing decision considering the US chipmaker introduced a similar product, the Snapdragon 780G, just a few months ago.
Although there are obvious differences between the two chipsets, they are aimed at the same market segment. Before we give you the important details, we’d like to add that that several handset makers have already confirmed some of their products will be equipped with Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 778G chipset: Honor, Motorola, Oppo, Realme, and Xiaomi.
Now, the main difference between the Snapdragon 780G and 778G is that the former is built on Samsung’s 5nm manufacturing process, whereas the latter uses TSMC’s 6nm process. Apart from that, everything else seems to be the same with one minor exception: the GPU (graphics processing unit). The new Snapdragon 778G features an Adreno 642L GPU, while the Snapdragon 780G has an Adreno 642 GPU.
Premium camera features for the masses
What’s interesting about the Snapdragon 778G is that it brings some flagship camera-oriented features to mid-range devices. The chipset comes with a lightning-fast triple Qualcomm Spectra 570L ISP that, in theory, should allow users to capture state-of-the-art pictures and videos. The ISP can capture from three lenses (wide, ultra-wide, and telephoto videos) at once, with parallel processing at up to 2 gigapixels per second.More importantly, Qualcomm’s Spectra 570L IPS enables digital HDR, merging the best color, contrast, and brightness from three videos into one picture. Also, the chipset support 4K HDR capturing, and the videos recorded this way are fully compatible with YouTube and Google Photos in HDR, allowing users to back you their high-quality videos to these services.
The rest of the Snapdragon 778G’s specs include Qualcomm’s 6th gen AI Engine, complete with a 2x performance improvement over its predecessor. At the heart of the chipset is the Qualcomm Hexagon 770 processor with a fused AI, enabling faster data transfer between the cores. Thanks to these features, the chipset produces a combined AI performance of up to 12 TOPS. In comparison, Apple’s A14 Bionic chipset that powers the iPhone 12 can produce up to 11 TOPS.
Last but not least, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 778G chipset features an X53 5G modem that supports peak download speeds of up to 3.7Gbps. Unfortunately, we have no idea when the first smartphones powered by the Snapdragon 778G chipset will hit the market, but it should be very soon now that Qualcomm made it official.