New batch of silicon brings flagship features to mid-range phones
As promised Qualcomm has announced two new chipsets for the mid-range market today – the Snapdragon 660 and Snapdragon 630. The two new processors sit beneath their flagship 800 series, and is positioned at giving mid-range devices flagship-level features and performance.
The Snapdragon 660 SoC, meant to be a replacement for the aging Snapdragon 653, is built on a new 14nm process, making it more power-efficient than the previous iteration. The new chipset also benefits from Qualcomm’s Kryo technology, possessing two clusters of Kryo 260 chips – one running at 2.2GHz and another running at 1.8GHz. An Adreno 512 GPU is paired with the processor, and with the changes Qualcomm is promising a 20% boost in CPU performance and 30% boost in GPU workloads compared to the previous iteration. Battery life should also see some improvement, and Qualcomm is promising that the Snapdragon 660 will grant users 2 extra hours of battery life compared to the Snapdragon 653.
The new processor also has Qualcomm’s X12 LTE modem, Quick Charge 4.0 capabilities, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C with 3.1 compatibility, Spectra 160 ISP with EIS 3.0, 2×2 WiFi, and Hexagon 642 DSP.
While the Snapdragon 660 is a brand-new processor, the Snapdragon 630 is more of a refinement of the already excellent Snapdragon 625. It’s still built on the 14nm process, though it offers a few more extra features compared to the 625, namely Quick Charge 4.0 support, 2×16 LPDDR4X memory support as well as Bluetooth 5.0 support. By far the biggest change is the leap to the Adreno 508 GPU, which Qualcomm says brings a 30-percent improvement compared to the previous generation.
Qualcomm’s already working with manufacturers to bring phones armed with the new Snapdragon 660 later this quarter, though Snapdragon 630-equipped phones aren’t due to the market until Q3.