AI Filters Down to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 Series Chips
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.
Qualcomm Improves Its High-Tier Range with Snapdragon 660 and 630
May 8, 2017
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.
Snapdragon 855 Aims to Be the Best At Everything for 5G Phones
Dec 5, 2018
Qualcomm today fully revealed the Snapdragon 855 mobile platform, its top-tier system-on-a-chip heading into 2019. Qualcomm focus on a number of pillars when developing this SoC, including performance, connectivity, AI, camera, and entertainment.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 710 Brings AI Smarts to Camera and Multimedia Apps In a Powerful SoC
May 23, 2018
Qualcomm today announced the Snapdragon 710, the first system-on-a-chip in its 700 series mobile platform. The 710 finds space between the Snapdragon 600 series and Snapdragon 800 series for devices that need to balance performance and cost.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 Relies On Semi-Custom Cores
Dec 6, 2017
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.
Facebook Trots Out Virtual Reality App for Samsung Gear VR
Mar 8, 2017
Facebook today announced Facebook 360 for Gear VR, a dedicated app to help Samsung device owners find and consume 360-degree Facebook content. The app is available to compatible Galaxy devices, such as the Note 5, S7, and S7 edge.