Qualcomm announced two new chips as successors in its highly famous Snapdragon 600-series chips. The Snapdragon 630 and 660 chips are updated versions of Snapdragon 625 and 650 chips respectively. These chips, specially designed for the mid-segment android devices are done keeping in mind connection speeds and improved processing power, among other features. High-end android phones like Google’s Pixel or Galaxy S8 are definitely devices with powerful processors, but the mid-range phone buyers can now rejoice as premium performance is promised with these new Qualcomm chips.
New Qualcomm Chips
The chip manufacturer announced these two new Qualcomm chips at the company's event in Singapore on Tuesday. These System-on-chips (SoC) features the X12 LTE modem, with a default Bluetooth 5. The new RF transceiver has downlink data rates up to 600 mbps. The Snapdragon 660 chip has a 2 x 2 MU-MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi also. Both the new chips have features like improved camera processing and Qualcomm quick charge 4. The ‘Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine SDK’ will help the developers to explore neural networks and machine learning.
Great New for Game Buffs
The chipmaker company says that Snapdragon 660 has 20 percent improvement in CPU speed and 30 percent in GPU speed over 650. While, the 630 has 10 percent improvement over the CPU speed and 30 percent in GPU speed of the 625 chipset. This gives better interface, and smoother gaming experiences.
Snapdragon 660– 8-core Kryo 260 CPU and Adreno 512 GPU
Snapdragon 630– 8-cortex A53 cores and Adreno 508 GPU
These 14nm new Qualcomm chips, supporting up to 8GB RAM, also support 4k recording and playback, and these chips use the Spectra 160 ISP. The Spectra 160 Image Signal Processor (ISP) is a camera which debuted with the company’s Snapdragon 820 chip, catering to improved quality of pictures. The Snapdragon 660 is packed with Hexagon 680 DSP, as an additional plus point relating to audio and video processing.
Charging Speed? New Chips are the Savior
With quick charge 4, the new Qualcomm chips are promising to deliver charging at a speed like-never-before. It promises to re-fill almost 50 percent of battery in just 15 minutes. Qualcomm says that there will be lower power consumption at 50-70 percent for a few location services. Moreover, on the new 660 chips, the download power consumption over Wi-Fi will also be down by 60 percent. It will also support USB 3.1 and USB-C. Bringing many features of the widely popular Snapdragon 835, the 660 chips will comparatively be more awaited by manufacturers, as they can use this chip in the $400-$500 range.
Availability of Smartphones Backed by Qualcomm Chips
The chip manufacturer of the new Qualcomm chips says that the Snapdragon 660 is shipping now, and shipping for the 630 chips will start later this month. But right now, there is no information about devices that will be using these new Qualcomm chips.
Hopefully, mid-range android smartphones backed by these new Qualcomm chips starting around US $200 will be available in the markets very soon.