If you’re an Android fan looking to buy a new smartphone, there’s some good news. US manufacturer Qualcomm has announced a new system-on-a-chip for smartphones, dubbed Snapdragon 778G 5G, that hopes to be the go-to silicon for the next batch of mid-range Android smartphones.
Excitingly, the chipset is designed to bring some of the best features from the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, which is currently under the bonnet of some of the most expensive Android smartphones on the market. Specifically, the Snapdragon 778G 5G will bring the video capture and AI capabilities from its pricier cousin.
Qualcomm has fitted the Snapdragon 778G 5G with three separate image-signal processors, or ISPs – something that was one of the unique selling points of the Snapdragon 888 when it launched last year. Including three ISPs makes it possible to capture photos and videos from three different cameras at once. In practice, this makes it incredibly easy to quickly jump between the ultra-wide and telephoto lens on the rear-facing camera module or the front-facing camera.
The processor also brings support for HDR and up to 50-megapixel sensors. Improved noise suppression in the background of video calls also gets a boost in the Snapdragon 778G 5G. There’s also support for Wi-Fi 6, which offers faster speeds (provided you have the right router at home) and slicker mobile gaming performance.
As the name suggests, it also boasts support for a wide range of 5G standards, so you’ll be able to leverage these fibre broadband-like speeds across the globe.
Android manufacturers, including Motorola, Xiaomi, Realme, Honor, Oppo, and iQOO, have already committed to use the Snapdragon 778G 5G in their midrange handsets. So, if you’ve been toying with the idea of upgrading to a new Android smartphone and want to get some of the best features out there – especially when it comes to camera performance, future-proofed download speeds courtesy of 5G – you don’t necessarily need to save-up close to £1,000 to buy one of the latest flagship devices from Samsung, Huawei, or foldable phones from Motorola. Instead, midrange phones will benefit from a number of these features.
Of course, all this begs the question …if Qualcomm is happy to bundle some of the most exciting new camera capabilities from last year’s Snapdragon 888 into its more affordable chipset, what does the American chip maker have planned for its upcoming Snapdragon 888 replacement?