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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 780G will upgrade mid-range phones

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Qualcomms Snapdragon 888 chip is clearly the company flagship CPU, which powers everything from Samsung Galaxy S21 line to a bunch of game phones and a lot more. Now Qualcomm announces the new Snapdragon 780G chip, which promises to bring flagship performance to medium-sized handsets.

The Snapdragon 780G is the successor to last year’s 765G and 768G chips, which were featured in phones like Pixel 5, and are a recent update to Qualcomm’s mid-range mobile processor line.

780G is based on a Kryo 670 CPU that Qualcomm claims is 40% faster than 768G, with an Adreno 642 GPU that can support monitors with up to 144Hz refresh rates. The 780G is also based on a 5nm architecture, which is the first of Qualcomm’s medium-sized chips, and should be translated into better energy efficiency across the board.

The 780G also has Qualcomm’s 6th generation AI engine powered by a Hexagon 770 processor with a fused AI accelerator which Qualcomm says can deliver up to 12 TOPS and double the performance of previousgen chips. There’s even a new AI accelerator designed to better drown out background noise when you’re on the go while also sucking up less power to do so.

On the camera side, the 780Gs Spectra 570 ISP is now capable of taking up to three photos simultaneously at up to 25 MP, while the image processor is better equipped to handle images in low lights and supports 4K HDR too.

The 780G also comes with Qualcomm’s FastConnect 6900 technology for better wireless support, including Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2 and Qualcomms Snapdragon Sound for higher quality 24-bit wireless audio.

And like virtually all new mobile chips, the 780G supports all the major flavors of 5G, with Qualcomm requiring top sub-6 GHz speeds of up to 3.3 Gbps.

While we are still waiting to hear about something specific phones that will use the Snapdragon 780G, Qualcomm expects the new mid-range chip to start appearing in consumers units before the end of the second quarter of 2021.

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