Qualcomm releases the Snapdragon 778G processor for performance midrange smartphones

Qualcomm released the Snapdragon 778G 5G system-on-chip (SoC) for performance midrange smartphones with a focus on gaming.

Released on May 20, the new chip is a slightly trimmed version of the Snapdragon 780G and targets high midrange performance. The Snapdragon 778G comes with the eight-core Kryo 670 CPU, the same as the Snapdragon 780G, but it’s made using 6nm transistors instead of the 5nm used for the Snapdragon 780G.

Its triple Spectra 570L image processor supports double or triple simultaneous video recording modes. Although their recording resolution is lower than the original Spectra 780, it’s still plenty for a mid-range device. It also supports a 192MP maximum photo resolution and HDR10+ capturing.

The “G” suffix at the tail of its name denotes the chip’s focus on gaming performance. On that front, the Snapdragon 778G carries the Adreno 642L GPU. Qualcomm didn’t explain the differences between the GPU with the “L” suffix (possibly meaning Lite) and the non “L” GPU in the faster Snapdragon 780G, but it’s a good bet that the L model is a tad slower than the original.

Expectedly, the Snapdragon 778G supports 5G at up to 3.7 Gbps, enabled by its integrated Snapdragon X53 5G modem. The Snapdragon X53 supports sub-6GHz frequencies and mmWave in both standalone and non-standalone modes.

Other specs include display support of up to FHD+ at 144Hz, up to 16GB LPDDR5 memory, and the Qualcomm Hexagon 770 AI processor. The AI processor is particularly useful in intelligently cleaning up audio and video calls, as well as speeding up context-aware applications like AR.

Devices with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G are expected to arrive in Q2 2021.

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