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Qualcomm Unveils Snapdragon 660 and 630 Chipsets

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.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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