Snapdragon 778G is like a Snapdragon 780G Lite on the 6nm node
Qualcomm is known to leverage on both TSMC and Samsung foundries and multiple process nodes to be able to target various segments across its lineup of mid-range chipsets. The upcoming Snapdragon 778G appears to be pretty similar to the Snapdragon 780G, but with a few minor differences and less cutting-edge manufacturing process.
It’s not exactly upcoming as Qualcomm apparently made it official with a proper landing page, before quickly removing it. As you would expect, anything that appears on the Internet will stay on the Internet, so here’s what’s coming with the Snapdragon 778G.
Snapdragon 778G: same Kryo 670 CPU, Lite GPU and ISP
The Snapdragon 778G will come with the same Kryo 670 cores as the Snapdragon 780G, and at the same 2.4GHz clocks. The GPU appears to be toned down a bit, with it featuring the Adreno 642L naming. The “L” suffix should denote that this is a “Lite” model, but Qualcomm is still slapping on their Elite Gaming branding here, so it should still be powerful enough.
The camera chops will also be pared back a little here, with the Spectra 570L ISP supporting up to 36MP+22MP dual cameras, versus the 64MP+20MP that the Spectra 570 ISP in the Snapdragon 780G can support.
The maximum supported single camera resolution is the same, at 192MP, but if you want to get the full multi-frame noise reduction, zero-shutter-lag experience, the Snapdragon 778G can only deliver that at up to 64MP, while the Snapdragon 780G can do that with 84MP sensors. Not like there’s an 84MP sensor in the market right now, but these are the small differences between the Spectra 570L and Spectra 570 ISPs.
The Snapdragon X53 5G modem is a part of both chipsets, but the Snapdragon 780G gets what should be a slightly more advanced FastConnect 6900, versus the Snapdragon 778G has the FastConnect 6700. Both support up to WiFi 6E, so I am not exactly sure what’s the difference here.
Overall, the experience provided by both the Snapdragon 778G and Snapdragon 780G should be pretty similar. Devices with the Snapdragon 778G should appear soon enough, although we might have to wait until Qualcomm decides to formally re-announce the Snapdragon 778G before we will know more about it.
Pokdepinion: Maybe this is Qualcomm’s answer for the MediaTek Dimensity 900, since both are on the 6nm node?