The San Diego giant has presented the Snapdragon 780G, an SoC that points directly to the “premium” mid-range, not for nothing is shaping up as the successor to the Snapdragon 765G, and has a configuration that places it, in terms of power, on one level close to the Snapdragon 855.
Looking at the nomenclature and the range to which the Snapdragon 780G is aimed, we could think that Qualcomm would have chosen to manufacture it in a 7 nm process to reduce costs, but it has not been the case. The Snapdragon 780G uses TSMC’s 5nm process, which means that it uses the same node that we have seen in the Snapdragon 888.
Its CPU adopts a very powerful configuration, as it fits into the Kryo 670 series, and has two high-performance Cortex-A78 cores at a maximum of 2.4 GHz, and with six high-efficiency cores Based on the 1.8 GHz Cortex-A55 architecture.
The GPU that Qualcomm has mounted in the Snapdragon 780G is a Adreno 642, whose performance ranks above the Adreno 640, present in the Snapdragon 855 SoC. As expected, this new SoC comes with a 5G modem, and is state of the art when it comes to connectivity, thanks to Wi-Fi support. Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2, built into the Qualcomm FastConnect 6900 Mobile Connectivity System.
SoC Snapdragon 780G: Artificial intelligence and upgradeable drivers
Power and connectivity are important, but the Snapdragon 780G SoC also excels in other important aspects that, together, round out the chip, and make it one of the most interesting solutions within the “premium” mid-range it is targeting.
The Spectra 570 ISP guarantees support for configurations of up to three 25 MP cameras (or dual 64 MP and 20 MP cameras) and supports HDR10 +, while the processor Hexagon 770, dedicated to artificial intelligence, offers simply impressive performance: up to 12 TOPs (trillions of operations per second).
Otherwise, you can work with screens with resolution FHD + and up to 144 Hz refresh rate, supports a maximum resolution of 3,360 x 1,600 pixels and 10-bit color, and supports Qualcomm 3D Sonic and Qualcomm 3D Sonic Max technologies, used in the in-display ultrasound fingerprint readers used by many current smartphones.
Another of the most important features of the Snapdragon 780G SoC is that it is integrated into the program Qualcomm Snapdragon Elite Gaming, which means that it supports a wide range of functions focused on gaming, and that you will receive regular updates of drivers totally free.
It is clear that the Snapdragon 780G has what it takes to become one of the most important and widely used SoCs in the ‘premium’ mid-range, and that it has a lot of potential to shape Powerful and up-to-date gaming smartphones, but with a contained price.