5nm chipsets are the rage now and Qualcomm is dropping the good tech from the top tier 800 line up down to 700 “mid-range” processors. Snapdragon 780G is the first kid in the block to get. Let’s check it out.
Snapdragon 780 a.k.a 888 mini
Setting the benchmark for this year’s mid-range SoC, Qualcomm has revealed the Snapdragon 780G which is fabricated in the 5nm process. This processor is one of the first to get the 5nm treatment separating it into a “premium” category amongst other mid-range SoCs.
Is It Good For You?
The reality of the performance gains can only be tested when it makes its way into the device. Till then we shall rely on Qualcomm’s superlative numbers to put things into perspective.
Qualcomm claims that the Snapdragon 780G gets 40% gains in the CPU department thanks to the Kryo 670. The cores will be a derivation from the newest Cortex-A78 instead of Snapdragon 768G’s A76-based cores. The cores are clocked at 2.4Ghz lower than SD 888’s main core which runs at 2.8Ghz.
On the graphics front, the Snapdragon 780G uses the Adreno 640 which slots in just under SD 865’s graphics performance. The GPU is capable of pushing max on-device display resolution at FHD+ with a 144Hz refresh rate. External displays connected can however go up to 4K although limited to a standard 60Hz refresh.
Snapdragon 780G’s RAM game also stands strong with support for up to 16 gigs of LPDDR4 RAM with a max frequency of 2.1Ghz.
With camera counts rising exponentially on the back of even the mid-range devices it’s expected that the Snapdragon 780G stands up to meet the demands. The Qualcomm Spectra™ 570 is a triple ISP that lends the ability to process images captured by 3 different camera sensors. This is a trickled down version from the current top-boss SoC, the SD 888, which means the Snapdragon 780G on paper has the ability to process some flagship-grade shots.
The Snapdragon 780G can handle 84MP with Zero Shutter Lag mode enabled and 192MP without it (single cam), 64MP + 20MP (dual cam) and up to 25MP (triple cam) setups. The Rec2020 colour gamut means it supports up to 10-bit colour depth for photos and videos. Well known HDR formats such as HDR+, HDR10 and HLG are also supported.
The Hexagon 770 AI engine scores 12 TOPS, which is more than double that of what SD 768G manages and nears that of SD 865 and SD 870. This too should enable a new level of mid-range smartphone photography provided companies make the effort to utilize the added horsepower.
The X53 5G modem doing duty in the Snapdragon 780G allows speeds up to 3.3GBps but misses out on mmWave. FastConnect 6900 means the chip can support WiFi 6E with peak speeds of up to 3.6GBps with “VR Class” low latency boot. Support for Bluetooth 5.2 is also available.
For storage, the Snapdragon 780G can pair up with UFS 3.1 storage systems and supports QuickCharge 4+. We can expect this chip to debut in new smartphones in the next 3 months.