Here are the processors that will power mid-range phones next year
Qualcomm has officially taken the wraps off of their newest mid-range processors – the 617 and the 430. These two new processors are aimed at the highly lucrative mid-range market, and will probably power a wide range of phones ranging from Sony, Samsung, LG, OPPO, Huawei, ASUS and more. The Snapdragon 617 processor looks like an updated 615 SoC with an updated X8 modem for UE category 7 LTE for download speeds of up to 300 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 100 Mbps using bi-directional 2×20 MHz carrier aggregation. Thje 617 has the same Adrenon 405 GPU as its older brother, the 615, and can support camera resolutions of up to 21-megapixels.
The Snapdragon 430 also comes with new modems which are capable of X6 LTE, with download speeds of up to 150mbps and upload speeds of up to 75mbps. The Snapdragon 430 allows dual-camera setups, and resolutions of up to 21-megapixels. The Snapdragon 430 will also be the first processor by Qualcomm to sport the Adreno 505 GPU, which incidentally also brings support for Open GL ES3.1, Android Extension Pack, and OpenCL 2.0.
Both processors will also be able to take advantage of Qualcomm’s newest Quick Charge standard, which the company says is able to bring phones that are completely drained to 80% in just 35 minutes.
Devices running the Snapdragon 617 SoC will be available later in Q4, while devices running the Snapdragon 430 SoC are expected to be available in Q2 2016.