Qualcomm Improves Its High-Tier Range with Snapdragon 660 and 630
Qualcomm today announced the Snapdragon 660 and Snapdragon 630 mobile platforms, two new systems-on-a-chip that the company says will dramatically improve speed, battery life, and photography for sub-flagship smartphones. The Snapdragon 660 succeeds the 653, while the 630 succeeds the 626. Shared features include the Snapdragon X12 modem, Spectra 160 dual image signal processor, Hexagon DSP, and support for USB-C 3.1, Quick Charge 4, Bluetooth 5, wifi, GPS, biometrics, and advanced audio codecs. One of the big advancements in these chips is the All-Ways Aware technology powered by the Google Awareness API. This lets the platforms monitor RF output and put individual radios into low-power mode when they're not needed. Qualcomm claims devices will experience up to two more hours per day with the Snapdragon 660/630 inside. Some of the camera-specific features include advanced electronic image stabilization for sharper photos and video, quicker autofocus, and more accurate color. Qualcomm say Quick Charge 4.0 should be able to deliver 5 hours of battery life with a 5-minute charge. The 660 relies on a 14nm process with the Kryo 260 CPU with eight cores in a big.LITTLE configuration (four cores at 1.8 GHz and four at 2.2 GHz). The 660 includes an Adreno 512 GPU. The CPU and GPU deliver 20% and 30% improvements, respectively, over those of the outgoing Snapdragon 653. The Snapdragon 630 has eight ARM Cortex A53 cores (four cores at 1.8 GHz and four at 2.2 GHz), and an Adreno 508 GPU with a 30% performance jump over the 626. The Snapdragon 660 is available to device makers now and Qualcomm expects to see it in hardware by the end of the quarter. The Snapdragon 630 will ship by the end of the month and Qualcomm expects to see it in hardware during the second quarter.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 450 Platform Jumps to 14nm Process
Qualcomm today announced the Snapdragon 450 Platform, a new entry in its mid-tier range of processors for high-volume devices. The Snapdragon 450 is the first 400 series chip to make use of Qualcomm's 14nm process, which provides it with noticeable performance and efficiency gains over earlier chips.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 Relies On Semi-Custom Cores
Qualcomm today revealed that the Kryo 385 CPU in the Snapdragon 845 mobile platform does not use off-the-shelf cores and instead relies on semi-custom cores. Processor designers often use cores such as those created by ARM.
Huawei Takes Aim at Snapdragon 810 with Kirin 950
Huawei today announced the Kirin 950 chipset for phones, which is designed to compete with Qualcomm Snapdragon 800-series chipsets in higher-end phones. Huawei claims that the 950 is 25% faster and 44% more power-efficient than the Snapdragon 810, Qualcomm's current flagship chip.
Qualcomm Intros New Snapdragon 600 and 400 Processors
Qualcomm today announced new Snapdragon application processors for mid-range and volume mobile devices. The Snapdragon 653, Snapdragon 626, and Snapdragon 427 are all paired with Qualcomm's X9 LTE modem with Cat 7 download (300Mbps) and Cat 13 upload (150Mbps) speeds; 2x20 MHz Carrier Aggregation; 64-QAM on the uplink; and VoLTE with Enhanced Voice Services.
Snapdragon 660 and 630