Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 780G beefs up the midrange mobile CPU space

Significantly faster mid-range Android phones and tablets are on the way starting in Q2 2021.
Enlarge / Considerably quicker mid-range Android telephones and tablets are on the best way beginning in Q2 2021.

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On Thursday, Qualcomm introduced its latest midrange cell processor—the Snapdragon 780G, a 5nm half that succeeds final yr’s 765. The Snapdragon 700 collection is a midrange line that provides related options to the flagship Snapdragon 800 collection however at considerably decrease efficiency for considerably decrease price.

On the floor, it is simple to take a look at final yr’s Snapdragon 768G and this yr’s 780G and see an analogous product: an octa-core processor with Adreno GPU. However though the core depend remained fixed, the varieties of cores didn’t.

Earlier Snapdragon 700 collection SoCs used one “quickest” Cortex A-76 core, one other “virtually as quick” Cortex A-76, and 6 “slow-and-low” Cortex A-55 cores that may get background duties achieved with a minimal of battery drain. The brand new 780G shifts issues round, with three quick secondary cores and solely 4 sluggish cores:

SoC Quickest Core Quick Core(s) Sluggish/Environment friendly Cores
Snapdragon 768G 1x Cortex A-76 @ 2.eight GHz 1x Cortex A-76 @ 2.four GHz 6x Cortex A-55 @ 1.eight GHz
Snapdragon 780G 1x Cortex A-78 @ 2.four GHz 3x Cortex A-78 @ 2.2 GHz 4x Cortex A-55 @ 1.9 GHz

This strikes us as a pretty big shift, and it highlights how a lot wiggle room there’s in a phrase like “octa-core” in fashionable massive/little CPUs, the place the completely different cores have very completely different capabilities and efficiency ranges.

The 780G additionally will get an upgraded GPU—Qualcomm says its Adreno 642 will get a 50 % efficiency increase over the Adreno 620 within the 768G. Anandtech’s back-of-the-napkin math places that roughly on par with the Adreno 640 in late 2018’s Snapdragon 855 flagship.

Snapdragon 780G gives a brand new and improved Hexagon 770 AI processor, with a further lower-powered AI accelerator that may deal with duties like filtering out wind and background noise throughout calls with out consuming too far into battery reserves. There’s additionally assist for 5G and Wi-Fi 6E modems and a picture sign processor that may course of three 25 MP photographs concurrently. That enables for a telephone with a triple lens association to seize photographs from large, ultra-wide, and telephoto cameras from a single click on.

Qualcomm says the primary Snapdragon 780G-equipped units ought to start delivery in Q2 2021.