More Cameras for Less Money: Qualcomm's Snapdragon 780G Supports 3 Shots at Once

From PC Mag: Qualcomm today announced the Snapdragon 780G chipset, which will enable triple concurrent cameras on more affordable smartphones throughout much of this year.

The big jump with the 780G is support for triple image signal processors, which we first saw on the Snapdragon 888. Using three cameras at the same time allows for seamless zooming between different cameras, better digital zoom combining multiple cameras, and tricks like taking photos with multiple cameras at once and letting the user pick their preference afterwards.

The chipset also adds new network support. It comes with Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi 6 with an option for Wi-Fi 6E, and its X53 5G modem looks like a half-bandwidth version of the new X60, with more flexibility to combine different 5G channels than we saw on last year's chipsets. But it doesn't support millimeter-wave, which means you're unlikely to see it in Verizon phones.

Qualcomm hasn't released benchmarks for the 780G, but it has a Kryo 670 CPU at up to 2.4GHz and an Adreno 642 GPU, with support for up to 16GB of DDR4 memory. That CPU and GPU have not been seen before, and Qualcomm did not give details in its announcement, but the 670 is probably a reduced version of the new Kryo 680 from the Snapdragon 888. The Adreno 642 fits numerically between the GPUs from the Snapdragon 855 and 865, so it's probably nowhere near as powerful as the 888's Adreno 660. Phones with the 780G chipset will have 1080p, not QHD displays, but those screens will run at up to 144Hz.

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