American chipmaker Qualcomm launched its latest chipset for mobiles, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G SoC 5G, at the 5G Snapdragon Summit. The 778G is a successor to the Snapdragon 768G that came out last year and slots in between the Snapdragon 750G and 780G.
Unlike the Snapdragon 888, the 778G is not a flagship processor but rather an upgrade for premium mid-range smartphones. Qualcomm’s target is the growing premium mid-range smartphone market that caters to vloggers and mobile gamers as well.
The 778 is built using the 5 nanometre process and features a Kyro 670 CPU paired with the Adreno 642L GPU, which allows it to be 40% more efficient in terms of rendering graphics and CPU performance. Additionally, a low-power Hexagon 770 processor and 2nd Gen Qualcomm Sensing Hub means that the Snapdragon 778G is capable of delivering AI performance doubled that of its predecessor.
Snapdragon 778G will also feature a Qualcomm Spectra 570L triple image signal processor (ISP) capable of capturing triple images of up to 22 megapixel. It will also support wide, ultra-wide and zoom along with 4K HDR10+ video capturing which will make activities like vlogging a fun-filled experience.
In terms of connectivity, the 778G comes integrated with the Snapdragon X53 5G Modem-RF that supports both mmWave and sub-6 5G networks. It also boasts of the Qualcomm FastConnect 6700 Connectivity System which supports Wi-Fi 6/6E, 5G and Bluetooth v5.2.
It is, however, in mobile gaming that the Snapdragon 778G really comes into its own. The Qualcomm Game Quick Touch allows for up to 20% faster input response. Variable Rate Shading is also another feature included in the package. The Snapdragon 778G also supports HD+ displays with 144Hz refresh rates as well as HDR10 and HDR10+. This ensures the ultimate mobile gaming experience for the user.
Qualcomm has announced that the Snapdragon 778G SoC 5G will be commercially available from the second half of 2021. Potential smartphones that could be powered by it include Honor (formerly owned by Huawei Technologies), Oppo, Motorola, Realme, Xiaomi and iQoo.