Yesterday Qualcomm revealed their latest mid-tier Snapdragon chipset, the Snapdragon 768G. People a lot smarter than I have pulled apart the specs and have determined that it is essentially an overclocked SD756G but there is nothing wrong with that.
The new SD768G is based upon the same architecture as the SD765G and contains even the same pin and software compatibilities as its predecessor so can easily be swapped last minute into a device without any issues.
On paper the new chipset is 20% faster with a better (15%) GPU performance. The CPU has an increase clock speed (from 2.4GHz to 2.8GHz) which is how the GPU also gets its faster speed. The chipset also comes with an integrated 5G modem (unlike the much more expensive SD865) with support for mmWave and sub-6GHz networks, possibly making 5G devices more affordable.
It stands to reason that the SD768G is an upgraded SD765G — why wouldn’t it be? If Qualcomm add a few fixes to a chipset it stands to reason to add those into an already ready-to-go chipset — especially given the changes are quite small but relevant to the type of chipset it is. Qualcomm have done this before and it’s a good idea. Why wait an entire product cycle to upgrade the chipset if it can be done easily?
Although we are yet to see the SD765G in any handsets it is no surprise to see Qualcomm announce its successor already given that the SD765G was the first in that generation so it is possible that manufacturers were waiting for fixes and improvements before committing to the new chipset platform — the mid-range gaming chipset (hence the G notation).
The Pixel 5 is expected to arrive with the SD765G given the cost differential apparently without much loss in capabilities and speed. It is possible that Google may swap out the SD765G for the SD768G since the pins and software are identical but Google have never been ones to include the latest chipsets into their devices.