Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 480 processor early this year to bring 5G connectivity to budget phones. Now the company announces the Snapdragon 778G 5G (SM7325) to enable mid-range phones to bear 5G connections. This new SoC aimed at high-performance mid-range smartphones, offering even greater power for devices in the category with support for technologies found in flagship phones.
Devices that’ll use the new Snapdragon 778 5G chip will have support for Full HD resolution screens with a refresh rate of up to 144 Hz (hitherto only available on high-cost models), with 10-bit color depth and the Rec2020 range, in addition to offering exclusive gaming functionality thanks to Snapdragon Elite Gaming.
The new platform is designed as a variant of the Snapdragon 780G announced in March and features a Kryo 670 CPU based on Cortex-A78 and a frequency of up to 2.4 GHz. The chip has GPU Adreno 642L and support for API Vulkan 1.1, OpenGL 3S 3.1, OpenCL 2.0 FP, HDR10, and HDR10+.
“Snapdragon 778G was developed to address the growing demand by global OEMs for more platform options in the high-tier. Snapdragon 778G brings many of the latest premium technologies and features into the high-tier to help make next-generation experiences more broadly accessible.”
Kedar Kondap, VP of product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc
Regarding the camera, the Snapdragon 778G 5G supports a single sensor up to 192 MP, dual-sensor 36 MP + 22 MP, or three sensors with up to 22 MP each. The new Image Signal Processor (ISP) supports 10-bit HDR HEIF/HEIC photo capture, AI autofocus, multi-frame noise reduction, slow-motion video recording of up to 240 fps at 720p, HDR10, HDR10+, and HLG.
Another highlight for the cameras is the new Triple ISP to capture photos and videos simultaneously through three different lenses, using wide, ultrawide, and telephoto at the same time.
The chip also has support for 5G networks thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon X53 5G RF modem that promises speeds of up to 3.3 Gbps. It supports mmWave (higher speed, shorter range, and greater instability) and sub-6 GHz (lower speeds, but more stable and longer range) standards. As well as support for NFC, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi 6E, USB 3.1 via USB-C.