Smartphones are getting more and more powerful each year, that includes midrangers. Recently, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 778G chipset, blurring the line between high-tier midrange devices and true flagship phones.
This SoC shares a lot with the Snapdragon 780G platform announced earlier this year. The difference is very little to be honest.
The Snapdragon 778G is a 6nm chip unlike the 5nm 780G, and most likely it will be manufactured in a different foundry to tackle the global chip shortage. This is the only reason why the chip exists in the first place.
The 778G is also Elite Gaming certified. The Adreno 642L GPU is there to help gamers. It should deliver up to 40% improved performance over its predecessor - the Adreno 620 - at least on paper.
The new chipset supports both mmWave and sub-6 5G connectivity thanks to the integrated Snapdragon X53 5G Modem-RF System. The FastConnect 6700 Connectivity System, allows for multi-gigabit Wi-Fi 6 speeds (up to 2.9 Gbps), and there’s also Bluetooth 5.2 support on board.
Phones equipped with the SD 778G will also be able to shoot 4K HDR10+ videos which is fantastic to be honest. The Snapdragon 778G comes equipped with the same Spectra 570 triple ISP unit found in the 780G. In the AI department, the Snapdragon 778G platform relies on the Hexagon 770 processor that can deliver up to 12 TOPs. This means faster AI operations like noise reduction, night mode image processing, and things like that.
You can expect the new Snapdragon 778G platform to arrive in upcoming high-tier midrange smartphones from most Chinese smartphone makers in the second quarter of 2021.