Qualcomm announces the 780G 5G, coming to mid-range handsets soon

(Pocket-lint) – Qualcomm has revealed the Snapdragon 780G chipset to sit underneath the range-topping Snapdragon 888. It’ll come inside handsets from various manufacturers but it sounds like Xiaomi will be first. 

There had been a little hole in Qualcomm’s premium chipset lineup for 2021, which is now being filled with this new hardware.

The info had previously leaked via Winfuture.de but Qualcomm had put its own press release online prematurely. We’d previously heard mention of the hardware and had been expecting an announcement. 

In terms of its 5G connectivity, it lags behind more premium chipsets as it’s the X53 5G modem which supports sub-6GHz networks only. The faster mmWave standard isn’t present inside the X53 but mmWave support remains limited in the US and pretty much non-existent in Europe at present, so it’s not the limiting factor it will be in a couple of years. 

In many other respects it really is a top-end chipset, even supporting the very latest Wi-Fi 6, 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 (Wi-Fi 6 speeds up to 3.6 Gigabits per second). There will also be support for the new Snapdragon Sound tech.

And like Snapdragon 888 it’s based on the latest 5nm process technology for efficiency and power and again boasts an octa-core CPU (Kryo 670) with two Cortex-A78 2.4GHz high-performance cores and six Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.8GHz. The AI engine is Qualcomm’s sixth-gen Hexagon 770. 

The GPU is Adreno 642 which can support 10-but HDR gaming as well as updateable drivers. There’s also a triple ISP (Spectra 570) which means it can support shooting from three cameras simultaneously. It’s also reported to be especially good for low light photography and as you’d expect there’s support for 4K HDR and HDR10+ video. 

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Corrections – [25/03/2021] Updated from final press release instead of leak.

Writing by Dan Grabham.

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