Qualcomm’s mid-tier Snapdragon 765 and 765G chips that come with integrated 5G modems are proving to be more popular than flagship Snapdragon 865 that still relies 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.  The Snapdragon 765 and 765G have integrated X52 modem with dual-mode 5G support that would make them globally viable 5G options for foreseeable future.

Last year, the Snapdragon 700-series chips from current and last year were quite popular across the broad mid-range. And in 2020, the Snapdragon 765 will cater to the premium mid-range segment. 

Snapdragon 765 and Snapdragon 765G Features

  1. The CPU architecture is manufactured on Samsung’s 7nm EUV process. This time around Qualcomm uses 1 Prime and 1 Gold performance-centric Kryo 475 CPUs with 6 Silver efficiency-based Kryo 475 CPUs.
  2. The Prime cores used in SD 765G tick at 2.4 GHz whereas the ones in SD 765 are clocked at 2.3 GHz. The ‘G’ variant is said to deliver up to 20 percent performance gain over the standard Snapdragon 765.
  3. Qualcomm’s performance-centric Kryo 475 CPUs are based on ARM’s Cortex-A76 cores. In comparison, Samsung’s Exynos 980 employs the latest Cortex A77-cores.
  4. We do see an upgrade in the GPU. Adreno 620 manages a 20% increase in performance in the case of SD 765 SoC and a 38% performance boost in 765G.
  5. Further, we have Hexagon 696 as the DSP along with AI processing capable up to 5.4TOPS.
  6. Camera capabilities see a noticeable improvement. Snapdragon 765 series supports up to 1 x 192MP or 36MP with Zero Shutter Lag (ZSL) or 2x 22MP with ZSL. The Snapdragon 765G will be used in the first set of 192MP camera phones.

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

Snapdragon 765 phones are turning up quite frequently, we expect the SoC to be relevant for many more months from now.

1. Vivo X50 & Vivo X50 Pro

Vivo X50 series was the first to debut in with Snapdragon 765G at the heart of it. The Vivo X50 and Vivo X50 Pro are driven by Qualcomm’s 700 series 5G chipset. Apart from this, they both boast of a gimble unique camera setup with excellent low light photography capabilities.

The Vivo X50 Pro boasts of a 6.56-inches AMOLED screen with waterfall edges. The screen has FHD+ resolution, with 90Hz refresh rate and HDR10+. The vanilla X50 also has the same specs except for the curved side edges. Both phones pack a quad-camera setup at the back and a 32MP selfie camera at the front. Here’s a quick specs summary of Vivo X50 and X50 Pro:

Vivo X50 Pro specs:

Display: 6.56-inch Full HD+ AMOLED (90Hz) | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G octa-core CPU | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 128GB/ 256GB UFS 2.1| Software: Oxygen OS (Android 10) | Rear camera: 48MP (gimbal OIS) + 8MP periscope + 13MP telephoto + 8MP ultra-wide| Front camera: 32MP | Battery: 4315mAh | Charing: Fast, 33W

Vivo X50 specs:

Display: 6.56-inch Full HD+ AMOLED (90Hz) | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G octa-core CPU | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 128GB/ 256GB UFS 2.1| Software: Oxygen OS (Android 10) | Rear camera: 48MP (with OIS) + 13MP (telephoto) + 8MP ultra-wide + 5MP macro | Front camera: 32 | Battery: 4200mAh | Charing: Fast, 33W

2. OnePlus Nord

OnePlus Nord | Image credit: MKBHD/Youtube

OnePlus Nord is a relatively more affordable OnePlus option in 2020 as compared to OnePlus 8 Pro and OnePlus 8. The handset will retain key OnePlus strengths including the smooth and fast OxygenOS interface and Warp fast charging.

The OnePlus Nord is first sub-30K smartphone by the Chinese brand since of OnePlus 3T. The first OnePlus non-flagship phone is powered by Snapdragon 765G with intigrated 5G modem. Photography enthusiasts will find a quad camera setup at the back and a dual camera setup on the front. It will go on sale from August 4 in India.

Specifications

Display: 6.4-inch Full HD+ AMOLED (90Hz) | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G octa-core CPU  | RAM: 6GB/8GB/12GB| Storage: 64GB/128GB/256GB | Software: Oxygen OS (Android 10) | Rear camera: 48MP primary + 8MP ultra-wide + 2MP macro + 5MP depth| Front camera: 32MP + 8MP ultra-wide | Battery: 4000mAh | Charging: fast, 30W

3. Redmi K30 5G

Redmi K30

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.

The 4G variant of the phone was introduced as Poco X2 in India, so don’t expect the Snapdragon 765 version to launch in India anytime soon.

Specifications

Display: 6.44-inch Full HD+ IPS (120Hz) | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G octa-core CPU  | RAM: 6GB/8GB| Storage: 64GB/128GB/256GB | Software: MIUI 11 (Android 10) | Rear camera: 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front camera: 20MP + 2MP | Weight: 208g | Dimensions: 165.3 x 76.6 x 8.8 mm |Battery: 4500mAh

4. Nokia 8.3 5G

Nokia 8.3 5G is the first Nokia phone with 5G connectivity and could very well be the first Snapdragon 765G phone to launch in the US. As most 5G phones released this year, this one, too, is big and bulky. The sizeable screen measures 6.81-inches and there’s a 4500mAh battery with 18W fast charging support.

Nokia 8.3 5G goes official

The highlight of the phone is its quad-camera system with Zeiss optics. The main sensor has 64MP resolution and it’s paired with a wide-angle camera and basic macro & depth cameras. The phone has a punch-hole style notch that houses a 24MP selfie camera.

Specifications

Display: 6.81-inch Full HD+ IPS | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G octa-core CPU  | RAM: 6GB/8GB| Storage: 64GB/128GB | Software: Android 10 (stock) | Rear camera: 64MP + 12MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front camera: 24MP | Weight: 220g | Dimensions: 171.9 x 78.6 x 9 mm |Battery: 4500mAh

5. Motorola Moto Edge

The Moto Edge sports a curved edge design, Snapdragon 765, 5G, and a decent spec sheet. The display is a 6.7-inch panel with a 90Hz refresh rate. On to the left corner lies a 25MP camera inside a punch-hole cutout. The back camera system houses a 64MP primary sensor followed by a 16MP 117-degree ultrawide snapper, and an 8MP 2x telephoto camera.

Other things in the mix are a 3.5mm jack, Bluetooth 5.1, dual-SIM, in-display fingerprint scanner, IP52 water repellant, NFC, and USB-C.

Specifications

Display: 6.7-inch Full HD+ AMOLED (90Hz) | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G octa-core CPU  | RAM: up to 6GB| Storage: 128GB | Software: Android 10 (Color OS) | Rear camera: 64MP + 16MP + 8MP | Front camera: 25MP | Weight: 188g | Dimensions: 161.64 x 71.1 x 9.29mm |Battery: 4500mAh

6. Nubia Play 5G

Nubia Play 5G  is a gaming phone with a 144Hz refresh rate screen. It’s powered by Snapdragon 765G backed by up to 8GB RAM, up to 256GB storage, and 5100mAh battery with 30W fast charging support.

There is no notch on the phone and the 12MP selfie camera is accommodated on the top bezel. On the rear, there are four cameras – 48MP Sony IMX582, 8MP ultra-wide shooter, 2MP depth sensor, and 2MP macro camera. The Nubia Play 5G retails for a very aggressive starting price in China (approx. Rs. 26k)

Specifications

Display: 6.65-inch Full HD+ AMOLED 144Hz | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G octa-core CPU  | RAM: up to 8GB| Storage: up to 256GB | Software: Android 10 | Rear camera: 48MP + 12MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front camera: 12MP | Weight: 210g | Dimensions: 171.7 x 78.5 x 9.1 mm |Battery: 5100mAh

7. ZTE Axon 11 5G

ZTE Axon 11 5G is quite an interesting phone, but it’s currently limited to the Chinese market. We don’t usually see curved-edge AMOLED screens on mid-range phones, but Axon 11 does deliver one for a reasonable price of roughly 30K. It’s also so much lighter and slimmer than most other 5G phones out there.

There are four cameras on the rear housed in a square module, and the primary one has a 64MP sensor. There is no punch-hole on the screen, and the selfie camera resides within a dew-drop notch.

Specifications

Display: 6.47-inch Full HD+ AMOLED | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G octa-core CPU  | RAM: 6GB/8GB| Storage: Up to 256GB | Software: Android 10 (Mi Favor 10) | Rear camera: 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front camera: 20MP | Weight: 168g | Dimensions: 159.2 x 73.4 x 7.9 mm |Battery: 4000mAh

8. LG Velvet

LG Velvet is a slick, velvety phone that’s powered by Snapdragon 765 octa-core chipset but doesn’t quite retail for a mid-range price (at least not in South-Korea). The display has those delectable curves and the phone retails in four colors – White, Gray, Green, and Illusion Sunset.

The LG Velvet is 5G ready, includes three rear cameras, and houses a 4300mAh battery with fast charging and wireless charging support. It has an in-display fingerprint sensor and retains the 3.5mm audio jack.

Specifications

Display: 6.8-inch Full HD+ AMOLED | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 octa-core CPU  | RAM: 6GB/8GB| Storage: Up to 128GB | Software: Android 10 | Rear camera: 64MP + 12MP + 12MP + 2MP | Battery: 4000mAh

Also Read: 10+ Best 5G Phones to Buy in 2020

9. Google Pixel 5

Numerous reports suggest that the upcoming Pixel 5 will be a premium mid-range phone (and not a flagship) that will be powered by Snapdragon 765G. This also implies that we will be able to get Google’s camera finesse and stock software with promised updates, in a more premium casing than A-series but for a lesser price.

Google Pixel 4 XL preview
Google Pixel 4

We do hope Google makes the Pixel 5 available in India and also revamps its after-sales support network in the country.

10. Realme X50 5G

Realme X50 5G, the first dual-mode 5G phone from Realme, is driven by Snapdragon 765G. Like most other Realme phones, this one, too, has impressive core hardware.

Realme X50 Pro 5G Camera Interface
Realme X50 Pro

The handset has a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, 4200mAh battery, and an IPS LCD display. There are four cameras on the rear and one on the front.

In India, Realme retails the X50 Pro 5G that’s powered by Snapdragon 865, so chances of the Snapdragon 765 version making it to the country are minimal at best.

Specifications

Display: 6.57-inch Full HD+ IPS (120Hz) | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G octa-core CPU  | RAM: up to 8GB| Storage: up to 256GB | Software: Android 10 (Realme UI) | Rear camera: 64MP + 8MP + 12MP + 2MP | Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 220g | Dimensions: 163.8×75.8×8.9 mm |Battery: 4200mAh

11. Oppo Reno3 Pro 5G

Best Snapdragon 765 phones

In India, Oppo Reno3 Pro doesn’t support 5G and is powered by MediaTek Helio P95 chipset. The Chinese variant of the phone, however, is powered by Snapdragon 765. It’s a dual-mode 5G phone that runs Color OS 7 based on Android 10.

The handset sports a 6.5-inch full HD+ screen, a 48MP primary camera, and 8gigs of RAM paired with 128GB or 256GB of storage space.

Specifications

Display: 6.5-inch Full HD+ AMOLED (90Hz) | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G octa-core CPU  | RAM: up to 8GB| Storage: up to 256GB | Software: Android 10 (Color OS) | Rear camera: 48MP + 13MP + 8MP + 2MP | Front camera: 32MP | Weight: 171g | Dimensions: 159.4 x 72.4 x 7.7 mm |Battery: 4025mAh

Also Read: List of phones with side-mounted fingerprint sensors

12. Oppo Find X2 Neo

Oppo Find X2 Neo is the same as the Reno3 5G, save for the bigger selfie camera sensor (44MP). The Find X2 Neo is available for purchase in Europe for an exorbitant price of 719 Euros (roughly Rs. 60,000), where it’s still more affordable than Oppo Find X2 Pro and Find X2.

Needless to say, OnePlus 8-series with SD 865 strikes as a much better deal.

Specifications

Display: 6.5-inch Full HD+ AMOLED (90Hz) | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G octa-core CPU  | RAM: up to 12GB| Storage: up to 256GB | Software: Android 10 (Color OS) | Rear camera: 48MP + 13MP + 8MP + 2MP | Front camera: 44MP | Weight: 171g | Dimensions: 159.4 x 72.4 x 7.7 mm |Battery: 4025mAh

13. Oppo Find X2 Lite

Oppo Find X2 Lite is another variation or Reno3 Pro and Find X2 Neo that will retail in select markets for a significantly cheaper price. It is a mid-range phone with Snapdragon 765G, 128GB storage, and 8GB RAM. The screen is AMOLED and there’s an in-display fingerprint reader underneath.

Camera hardware is similar to Reno3 Pro 5G. The 32MP selfie camera resides in a water-drop notch, and the quad-cameras on the rear have a 48MP sensor in the lead. The 4025 mAh battery supports 30W fast charging

Specifications

Display: 6.5-inch Full HD+ AMOLED (90Hz) | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G octa-core CPU  | RAM: up to 8GB| Storage: up to 256GB | Software: Android 10 (Color OS) | Rear camera: 48MP + 13MP + 8MP + 2MP | Front camera: 32MP | Weight: 171g | Dimensions: 159.4 x 72.4 x 7.7 mm |Battery: 4025mAh

List of Snapdragon 765G and Snapdragon 765 phones to buy in 2020

As we can see, many manufacturers are indeed giving precedence to Snapdragon 765G for their flagships or mid-range flagships over the Snapdragon 865. This would probably mean that consumers will get to opt for premium flagship-grade experience at a more reasonable price in the second half of 2020.

List of best Snapdragon 765 & Snapdragon 765G Phones in 2020

Phone name Starting Price (in Indian rupees)
Vivo X50 Pro 5GRs 49,990
Vivo X50 5GRs 34,990
OnePlus NordRs 24,999
Redmi K30 5G~Rs 21,429
Nokia 8.3 5G~ Rs 48,300
Moto Edge~ Rs 39,999
Nubia Play 5g~ Rs 26,000
ZTE Axon 11 5G~ Rs 29,990
LG Velvet~ Rs 55,999
Google Pixel 5Upcoming
Realme X50 5G~ Rs 25,990
Oppo Reno3 Pro 5G~ Rs 40,900
Oppo Find X2 Neo~ RS 59,900
Oppo Find X2 Lite~ Rs 41,500

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