Qualcomm has made a few interesting announcements regarding its upcoming chipsets, including the mid-tier Snapdragon 765 and 765G that comes with integrated 5G modem, and the flagship Snapdragon 865 that will still rely on a separate X55 5G modem.
5G is already shaping up to be a popular trend, and Qualcomm projects up to 1.4 Billion 5G phones to ship in the next 2 years. Dynamic Spectrum Sharing that bridges the gap between different 5G standards and allows telecom operators to push 5G and 4G LTE on the same frequency bands is what will help accelerate 5G adoption.
Both – the Snapdragon 765 and 765G – chips have integrated X52 modem with dual-mode 5G support that would make them globally viable 5G options for foreseeable future.
In 2019, the Snapdragon 700-series chips from current and last year were quite popular across the broad mid-range. Going by the past trends, the advent of 765-series could push Snapdragon 730 adoption in affordable gaming phones next year.
Snapdragon 765 and Snapdragon 765G Features
The ‘G’ variant is said to deliver up to 20 percent performance gain over the standard Snapdragon 765.
The CPU architecture is manufactured by Samsung’s 7nm EUV process. This time around Qualcomm uses 1 Prime plus 1 Gold performance-centric Kryo 475 CPUs with 6 Silver efficiency-based Kryo 475 CPUs. The Prime cores used in SD765G ticks at 2.4 GHz whereas the ones in SD765 clocks at 2.3 GHz speed.
Qualcomm’s performance-centric Kryo 475 CPUs are still reliant on ARM’s Cortex A76 cores unlike Samsung’s Exynos 980 has jumped to Cortex A77 cores.
But we do see an upgrade in the GPU with Adreno 620 that renders a 20% bump in performance in case of the regular 765 SoC and a 38% performance boost in 765G.
Further, we have Hexagon 696 as the DSP along with AI processing capable up to 5.4TOPS.
Another noticeable improvement is in the cameras, which support up to 1x 192MP or 36MP with Zero Shutter Lag (ZSL) or 2x 22MP with ZSL.
As mentioned above, the integrated 5G modem isn’t exclusive to the ‘G’ variant. Qualcomm claims up to 3.7 Gbps download speeds and both of these chipsets have support for mmWave, Sub-6GHz, NSA and SA 5G architecture.
As for the benefits of an Integrated modem implementation, it saves space and results in better power efficiency. Samsung’s Exynos 980, MediaTek’s Dimensity 1000, and Huawei’s Kirin 990G are other chipsets that offer integrated 5G modem.
Phones with Snapdragon 765 and 765G SoC
The officially announced Snapdragon 765G phones share quite a few similarities, including the punch-hole notch cutout.
1. Redmi K30 5G
Redmi K30 5G is the first phone to debut with the Snapdragon 765G chipset and that too at a very aggressive starting price of 1999 Yuan (roughly around Rs. 20,146) for the 6GB RAM and 64GB storage option.
It’s also the first phone to employ 64MP Sony’s IMX686 sensor, which is the long-awaited alternative to Samsung’s GW1 sensor with the same resolution. The handset features a 6.44-inch full HD+ IPS LCD display with a punch-hole, has a side-mounted fingerprint sensor and is powered by a 4500mAh battery.
2. Oppo Reno 3 Pro
Next up, we have the OPPO Reno 3 Pro, that’s also announced to ship with SD765 chip. So, it’ll be a 5G phone and that too with dual-mode functionality. It will have the recently launched Color OS 7 on top, which is based on Android 10.
Mr. Brian Shen, Vice President and President of Global Marketing, Oppo has teased the phone will be fuelled by a 4025mAh battery. This is likely to be bolstered by 30W VOOC 4.0 fast charging.
Rumors state the phone will sport a 6.5-inch full HD+ screen, a Sony IMX686 camera, 8gigs of RAM paired with 128GB or 256GB of storage space.
3. Realme X50 5G
Realme X50 5G, the dual-mode 5G Phone that Xiaomi’s arch-nemesis has been working on, will be powered by the latest Snapdragon 765G. Also, just like the Redmi K30 5G that it will be up against, it will have a punch-hole display to house the selfie camera.
That’s it for now. We expect many more Snapdragon 765 and Snapdragon 765G phones to show up in Q1 2020.