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AI Filters Down to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 Series Chips

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Aug 8, 2018, 6:30 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Qualcomm today announced the Snapdragon 670, an update to the 660. The 670 is based on Qualcomm's Kryo 360 CPU with eight cores: two 2.0 GHz cores target high-power tasks and six 1.7 GHz cores target low-power tasks. The 670 is pared with the Adreno 615 GPU. Together, these contribute to a 15% boost in overall performance and a 25% boost in gaming performance. Similar to the Snapdragon 845 and 710, the Snapdragon 670 brings artificial intelligence / machine learning to mid-range phones and their cameras via the Hexagon 685 DSP. Qualcomm claims the 670 delivers platform-wide AI optimizations with the power to handle advanced operations such as automatic scene recognition and voice recognition. The Spectra 250 image signal processor allows 670-powered cameras to support real-time noise reduction, video noise reduction, and image stabilization. The chip supports Qualcomm's Aqstic, aptX, and aptX HD, as well as displays up to full HD+. On the connectivity front, the 670 includes Qualcomm's X12 modem with LAA, 3-channel carrier aggregation, and 256 QAM for max download speeds of 600 Mbps. The chip also packs Bluetooth 5 and tri-band wifi. Other features include support for Qualcomm QuickCharge 4.0 and the Unity/Unreal gaming engines. Qualcomm says devices with the Snapdragon 670 will debut during the third quarter of the year. The 670 now stands at the top of the 600 series chips. It will find its way into devices that fall in the $300 to $500 range.

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