• The new Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets – 865, 765 and 765G have been announced.
  • They bring extensive improvements to performance, imaging, gaming along with bringing 5G to everyone.
  • Manufacturers have already confirmed multiple devices with these chipsets starting Q1 2020.

During the Snapdragon Summit in Hawaii this year, Qualcomm has announced details of its upcoming smartphone chipsets Snapdragon 865 and Snapdragon 765. The Snapdragon 865 is the direct successor to the Snapdragon 855 and is expected to show up on multiple Android flagships next year.

This is the first time Qualcomm has also launched a 700 series chip alongside the 800 series at the summit. The newly announced Snapdragon 765 and 765G will bring several features of the 865 at a lower performance level and cheaper price point. Quite a few manufacturers have already announced that they’ll be launching devices with these chipsets, but first, let us understand how they’re different.

The 865 Chipset


The 865 chipsets have been upgraded to be 25% faster in CPU performance, as well as the GPU with 20% faster graphics rendering and 35% more power-efficient. This is thanks to the ARM Cortex-A77 design for the cores which replaces the Cortex-A76, as well as the Adreno 650 – the upgrade to the Adreno 640 from the 855. The 765 also comes with a 20% smartphone gaming performance improvement over the 730, whereas the 765G takes this gain to 38%. Several gaming forward features also reflect a focus on smartphone gaming.


Besides performance, the new chips promise a lot of improvement in smartphone imaging capabilities for 2020’s smartphones. The new Spectra 480 Image Processor in the 865 can support up to a 200MP main camera on a smartphone, or a 64MP camera with zero shutter lag. Additional support is available for 25MP dual cameras, 4K HDR videos recording at 60 fps or 4K at 120 fps. That’s not it - it can also support 8K videos at 30 fps. Slow-motion 960 fps videos can still be recorded at 720p resolution. For a smartphone with the 765, the Spectra 355 ISP can support up to a 192-megapixel main camera or 36-megapixel camera with zero shutter lag, or dual 22-megapixel cameras. It can record videos in 4K at 30 fps and 1080p at 120 fps.


The X55 modem on the Snapdragon 865 supports both 4G and 5G networks – with possible download speeds of up to 7.5Gbps, which can let you download a Bluray movie in under 30 seconds. The 765 comes with an X52 modem that supports approximately half that speed.

Devices confirmed

  • Realme has already announced that they’ll be the first to launch a phone with Snapdragon 865 and Snapdragon 765G.
  • The 765G has already been confirmed for the Redmi K30 5G variant launching soon.
  • Oppo, Xiaomi and Nubia have also confirmed devices.

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