Qualcomm has presented the Snapdragon 780G, a processor aimed directly at mid-range devices. It emerges as the successor to the Snapdragon 765G and in terms of power, it is close to the Snapdragon 855.
Seeing the nomenclature and the range at which the Snapdragon 780G is aimed, we might think that Qualcomm would have opted to manufacture this model in a 7 nm process to reduce costs, but this has not been the case. The Snapdragon 780G uses TSMC‘s 5 nm 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 falls under the Kryo 670 series, and features two high-performance Cortex-A78 cores at 2.4GHz, and six high-efficiency cores based on the Cortex-A55 architecture at 1.8GHz.
The company opted for an Adreno 642 for Snapdragon 780G. As could be expected, this new processor comes with a 5G modem and supports Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2, integrated into the Qualcomm FastConnect 6900 Mobile Connectivity System.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G supports the Snapdragon Elite Gaming program
Power and connectivity are really important, but the Snapdragon 780G also excels in other important aspects that make it one of the most interesting solutions within the mid-range.
The Spectra 570 ISP guarantees support for configurations of up to three 25MP cameras (or dual 64MP and 20MP cameras) and support HDR10+, while the Hexagon 770 processor, dedicated to artificial intelligence, offers simply impressive performance: up to 12TOPs (trillions of operations per second).
Otherwise, it can work with displays with FHD+ resolution and up to 144Hz 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 ultrasonic fingerprint readers integrated into the display used by many current smartphones.
One of the most important features of the Snapdragon 780G is the Qualcomm Snapdragon Elite Gaming program, which means that it supports a wide range of gaming-focused features, and will receive regular driver updates completely free of charge.
It is clear that the Snapdragon 780G has everything it needs to become one of the most important and widely used processors in the mid-range, and it has a lot of potential for sure.