Qualcomm belongs to After all Announced the successor to its wildly popular mid-range 5G Snapdragon 765G chip with the 780G.
If you scroll down our list of the best mid-range phones then there is a good chance that you will stop at a phone powered by the 765G. It was a monumental step in bringing down powerful performance at an affordable price.
This made 5G more accessible and it was the first Qualcomm chip to embed a 5G modem inside the chipset, rather than being isolated. This makes the slimmer, 5G phone lighter.
I had been waiting for a successor for months, wondering what could bring it to the party and if it could be as influential as its predecessor, and now we know.
On paper, the 780G seems like a major upgrade and it could bring big growth in many areas for the year’s flagship flagship phone.
Google also used Snapdragon 756G in its flagship Pixel 5 device, so it can tell us about the upcoming upgrade to Pixel 6.
The Snapdragon 780G is built using a 5nm process, making it more efficient than the 765G. Qualcomm has also exploited twice the AI performance and 40% more power.
There are also several camera improvements, including the ability to capture images from three different camera sensors at the same time. 4K HDR video capture is supported, which would be lovely to watch on the Pixel 6.
However, the biggest upgrade is in the chip’s gaming prowess. They will support for 10-bit HDR and 144 Hz display, two features previously limited to the high-end Snapdragon 888.
Now, it is unconfirmed that every phone that encapsulates this chip will pack all these features. For example, I can’t imagine that the Pixel 6 will have a 144Hz screen – but this could give the phone an edge in gaming performance stakes. It should also mean that we look at cheaper gaming-specific phones, hopefully the more affordable version of the ROG Phone 5.
The Pixel 5 was a great phone, which, despite being small and cheap, stood out among the crowd of the best Android phones, but still capable. The upgrades offered by the 780G made me more excited about the possibility of the Pixel 6, as they could take all these perks to the next level.
The performance boost will be welcomed and the more efficient processor will provide better battery life to the phone. Extended camera capabilities can help Pixel 6 re-cement the line’s legacy as a leader in mobile photography.
I have already written about how big Pixel 6 is for Google and if it has to be the best camera phone once again, it will have to start afresh with a new sensor. It is also unknown at this stage whether Google will once again try its hand at a true flagship with the best processors.
I’d be happy to see Google’s focus on camera hardware and to use a mid-range chip, ideally the 780G, once again to give us a flagship camera without the price-tag.