New Snapdragon Chips Focus on Gaming and Higher-End Phones
Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon chips bring advanced features to higher-end phones that are a bit more affordable than "flagship" models. The company announced three chips today, two in the 7 series and one in the 6 series. One is focused specifically on gaming phones.
- 730: The first 7-series chip with Spectra 350 image processing, capable of advanced computer vision functions using less power. It supports high-resolution depth sensing, 4K HDR videos in Portrait Mode (bokeh), and the new HEIF image format. The 730 also has powerful "AI" capability thanks to its Hexagon 688 processor with Hexagon Vector eXtensions and Hexagon Tensor Accelerator. The Hexagon 688 is twice as powerful as its predecessor, for faster intelligent functions in the areas of camera, gaming, voice, and security. The 730 also has a Kryo 470 CPU, Adreno 618 GPU, X15 LTE modem for download speeds up to 800 Mbps, and support for Wi-Fi 6.
- 730G: Optimized for gaming, the 730G is based on the 730 but upgrades to an enhanced Adreno 618 GPU for up to 15% faster graphics rendering. It also includes "Anti-Cheating Extensions" and a "Jank Reducer" feature that can reduce "janks by up to 90% in games running at 30fps".
- 665: Sports an X12 LTE modem for download speeds up to 600 Mbps, Kryo 260 CPU, and Adreno 610 GPU. Its Spectra 165 image processor supports advanced camera features such as scene recognition and super-resolution snapshots up to 48 megapixels. The Hexagon 686 signal processor supports "AI" functions via Hexagon Vector eXtensions.
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Sprint will offer its second 5G phone — the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G — on June 21 for $1,300. Sprint is offering a $250 discount for customers who pre-order, which is available starting today.
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Sprint's 5G network launches tomorrow in Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and Kansas City, as previously announced. In the coming weeks, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix, and Washington, DC will also gain 5G service.