2020 will definitely be under the 5G flag for the smartphone market. The latest chipset launches only confirm that. Qualcomm's top products for next year are all into 5G with various solutions, catering to various needs.
The top chipset that will be found in every real flagship next year is the Snapdragon 865. It is built on TSMC's 7nm process and has an octa-core CPU with a tri-cluster architecture including 1x Cortex-A77 core clocked at 2.84GHz, 3x Cortex-A77 cores clocked at 2.42GHz and 4x Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.80GHz.
The graphics department is headed by an Adreno 650 GPU that should offer a 20% increase in performance compared to the previous generation and a 50% increase in ALUs.
The chipset supports 2133 MHz LPDDR4X or 2750 MHz LPDDR5 RAM. It arrives with a dual 14-bit Spectra 480 ISP that supports a single rear camera of 200MP or 64MP with ZSL or two 25MP shooters with ZSL.
The chipset is able to decode and encode 8K videos at 30 fps and 4K videos at 120 fps. It supports 10-bit colour, Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR10, HLG - categories that have been reserved for TV sets so far. The Snapdragon 865 has an external Snapdragon X55 modem with LTE Cat 24/22 and 5G NR Sub-6 + mmWave support.
The Snapdragon 765/765G is built on Samsung's 7nm EUV process. It features an octa-core CPU comprising of 1x Kryo 475 Prime core clocked at 2.3GHz/2.4GHZ (non-G/G version) and 1x Kryo 475 Gold core clocked at 2.42GHz. These are based on Cortex-A76 cores. The power-efficient cluster is based on Cortex-A55 and includes 6x Kryo 475 Silver cores clocked at 1.80GHz.
An Adreno 620 GPU manages the graphics department. The chipset supports dual-channel 2133MHz LPDDR4X RAM and features a dual 14-bit Spectra 355 ISP with support for one 192MP main camera or a 36MP with ZSL or two 22MP rear shooters with ZSL.
The SoC has an integrated 5G modem - the Snapdragon X52, with LTE Cat 24/22 and 5G NR Sub-6 4x4 100MHz + mmWave 2x2 400MHz support.