We heard last year that Qualcomm will release Snapdragon 775G this year and it could be as powerful as Snapdragon 865. This will be a huge improvement over the current Snapdragon 765G for upper mid-range smartphone models, such as LG Velvet, OnePlus Nord and Google Pixel 5. It is also faster than the current Snapdragon 768G, which is simply an overclocked Snapdragon 765G. Based on an internal document, it appears that the Snapdragon 775 series uses 5nm manufacturing process, just like Qualcomm’s current flagship, the Snapdragon 888. This ensures noteworthy improvement in terms of efficiency and performance, with its 7nm technology.
It is clear that the Snapdragon 775 will be a huge improvement in terms of performance, with its Kyro 6-series cores. It has support for either LPDDR4X RAM running at 2400MHz or LPDDR5 RAM at 3200MHz. The support for UFS 3.1 storage should further enhance file transfer performance and apps loading. The integrated Spectra 570 ISP supports triple 28MP cameras and it allows for 4K video recording at 60fps. There’s also integrated support for Wi-Fi 6E. On paper, the Snapdragon 775 series is very promising, especially because Snapdragon 765G already shows its age. Its ARM Cortex-A76 cores already a couple of generations behind the faster Cortex-A8 and Cortex X1.
The current Snapdragon 750G also offers exceptional performance with its ARM Cortex-A77 cores. We could assume that the Snapdragon 775G is an octa-core architecture with two high performance ARM Cortex-A78 cores and six highly efficient ARM Cortex-A55 cores. We still don’t know about the GPU module, but the Snapdragon 765G has Adreno 620 GPU, while the Snapdragon 888 has the much more powerful Adreno 660. The Snapdragon 765G has Spectra 335 UPS, which could support only dual 22MP camera. As mentioned above, the Snapdragon 775G supports Wi-Fi 6E, to be a specific 2×2 MIMO with tri-band radio, which supports 6GHz frequency.
Snapdragon 765G is slightly less advanced with Wi-Fi 6, but only very few smartphone models actually have this technology. The ZTE Axon 11 5G is probably the only smartphone model with Wi-Fi 6 support and Snapdragon 765G. The Snapdragon 775G will also have Bluetooth 5.2 standard, which is a huge improvement over the Snapdragon 765G with Bluetooth 5.1. The built-in connectivity features of Snapdragon 775 are 4G LTE Cat.18, mmWave 5G, Dual 5G, NSA and SA support, NR CA and VoNR, 2×2 MIMO for uplink, 4×4 MIMO for downlink. Its Sub-6GHz 5G data connectivity works at under 3GHz at FDD.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G is still a capable chipset in mid-range category, but it is a natural progression for processor and chipset manufacturers to deliver a more capable solution each year. The Snapdragon 7xx series allows users to get good performance, without forking out too much money for flagship models with the latest Snapdragon 8xx chipset, including the current Snapdragon 888. If it is true that the Snapdragon 765G will match last year’s Snapdragon 865, in terms of performance, it means that the gap between mid-range and high-end offerings are getting narrower.