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You might expect the Google Pixel 5 and Google Pixel 5 XL to use a flagship chipset, but in fact a leak suggested they could use the upper mid-range Snapdragon 765G. Now though, Qualcomm has announced the successor to that chipset, dubbed the Snapdragon 768G, so the Pixel 5 range might actually use that instead.
This new chipset is pin- and software-compatible with the Snapdragon 765G, which means if Google was planning to use that chipset in the Pixel 5 range it should be a fairly simple job to switch it for the newer Snapdragon 768G.
And it’s a switch that’s likely to be worth making, as the 768G is an upgrade in a number of ways. It offers a clock speed of up to 2.8GHz (up from 2.4GHz with the 765G), includes an Adreno 620 GPU which offers up to a 15% performance increase, and has updateable graphics drivers, which should help future-proof it.
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An all-round upgrade
Indeed, it sounds like the Snapdragon 768G is an improvement all-round. Qualcomm claims that it delivers superior gaming performance, 5G connectivity, and camera capabilities, as well as preserving battery life.
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Additional features include support for premium things like 120Hz displays and both mmWave and sub-6GHz 5G (meaning it supports all of the key 5G frequency bands globally).
That doesn’t mean that the Google Pixel 5 itself will have a 120Hz refresh rate, but it might well do given that the Pixel 4 has a 90Hz one, and 120Hz is the next step up.
In any case, it sounds like a real upgrade on the Snapdragon 765G that was rumored to power the phone, albeit still not a match for the Snapdragon 865 found in the likes of the OnePlus 8.
Of course, we don’t know for sure yet that the Pixel 5 range will use the Snapdragon 768G – it might stick with the 765G, or maybe the rumors are wrong and it will get a flagship chipset after all. We should find out for sure in October, as that’s when the Google Pixel 5 is likely to launch.
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