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Snapdragon 768G will bring 5G gaming to mid-range handsets

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As cloud gaming becomes a reality on 5G mobile devices, hardware companies like Qualcomm are doing all they can to pack as much processing power into the chips that power the next batch of 5G phones.

In December 2019, Qualcomm launched the 765G – alongside the flagship Snapdragon 865 – which were Qualcomm’s first chipsets to feature integrated 5G modems. The Adreno 620 GPU, Qualcomm said, would offer up to 20 percent improved performance over the standard Snapdragon 765. 

The Snapdragon 768G

"The Qualcomm Snapdragon 768G Mobile Platform features the 5th generation Qualcomm Artificial Intelligence (AI) Engine and Qualcomm Hexagon Processor."


And now, less than six months later, Qualcomm has released the Snapdragon 768G Mobile Platform, which it says will empower “smart, immersive gaming backed by next-level performance”. And the new chip could see a new batch of mid-range 5G phones, geared towards cloud gaming.

“The Qualcomm Snapdragon 768G Mobile Platform features the 5th generation Qualcomm Artificial Intelligence (AI) Engine and Qualcomm Hexagon Processor to power realistic gameplay and support unique and innovative use cases like real-time translation and ultra-smooth AI-based lens filters for social media apps at astonishing speeds,” Qualcomm said at the launch. “Plus, blazing-fast 5G with global support means gamers can join a worldwide arena and compete in real time with less lag.”

In its product fact sheet, Qualcomm says that Qualcomm Adreno 620 GPU delivers up to 15% faster graphics rendering compared to Snapdragon 765G. Power efficiency is also a key component, not just of 5G, but more specifically for mobile gaming, and Qaulcomm says the chip now has “ultimate power efficiency”. A lot of the power improvements come via better AI handling, and the company’s 5th Gen Qualcomm AI Engine includes Hexagon Vector eXtensions (HVX) plus the Hexagon Tensor Accelerator for superior performance.

The chipset will also include an integrated Snapdragon X52 modem, which will work on both mmWave and sub-6GHz 5G networks, and support the next generation of 5G use cases.

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Dan is a British journalist with 20 years of experience in the design and tech sectors, producing content for the likes of Microsoft, Adobe, Dell and The Sunday Times. In 2012 he helped launch the world's number one design blog, Creative Bloq (opens in new tab). Dan is now editor-in-chief at 5Gradar, where he oversees news, insight and reviews, providing an invaluable resource for anyone looking to stay up-to-date with the key issues facing 5G.