Qualcomm announces two new chipsets for the mid-range market, its top-end Snapdragon 660 and a mid-end contender Snapdragon 630. Both chipsets are respective upgrades to the Snapdragon 653 and Snapdragon 626 and comes with 8-core processors and mostly includes the all new generation technologies from its flagship chipset.
Going out from the its predecessors route, the new chipset will use its in-house Kryo 260 cores and packs 8 processors cores with every shipped chipset. These are then configured to follow the same 4×4 arrangements based on ARM’s big.LITTLE technology with four larger cores are clocked at 2.2GHz and 4 smaller cores clocked at 1.8GHz, all processing groups comes with their own 1MB L2 cache. The Snapdragon 660 also went forward with 14nm node from its predecessor’s 28nm process. With this changes, Qualcomm claims at least 20% performance increase when compared to its outgoing Snapdragon 653.
With new processors comes new GPU, the Snapdragon 660 is equipped with the latest Adreno 512 and claims up to 20% in GPU performance and up to 30% gains in GPU workloads. For supported RAM, the new chipset supports up to 8GB of RAM a similar support limit that we saw with the Snapdragon 653.
Besides the new processing cores and better GPU, the new Snapdragon 660 is also packed with features that one could dream off. It includes an improved X12 LTE modem, optimum Quick Charge 4.0 support, better power management features, native support for Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac Wave 2, 2×2 MIMO, USB-C with USB 3.1 compliance, Qualcomm TruSignal adaptive antenna tuning, Qualcomm Spectra 160 camera with EIS 3.0 support, up to 16MP+16MP Dual-camera support, Qualcomm Aqstic Audio, Hexagon 642 DSP unit with All-Ways Aware technology and Hexagon Vector eXtensions.
For a more budget friendly yet good performing CPU power, the Snapdragon 630 will be the best one to consider, though it might not offer the same amount of performance as its higher-end sibling, it too comes with the latest technology support that’s best from a Qualcomm chipset.
The chipset is also based on a 14nm process like its high-end brethren but is still based on ARM Cortex configuration with 8-core Cortex-A53 processors running at 2.2GHz. For its GPU, the new chipset opt to include Adreno 508. When it comes to performance ratings, the new Snapdragon 630 is said to be 10% faster in its processor cores while graphics handling is up to 20% significant increase compared to its predecessor.
Feature-wise, the Snapdragon 630 comes with a handful of goodies including an improved X12 LTE modem, optimized Quick Charge 4.0 support, better power management features, native support for Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac Wave 2, 2×2 MIMO, USB-C with USB 3.1 compliance, support for QXGA resolution displays, Qualcomm Spectra 160 camera, up to 13MP+13MP Dual-camera support, Qualcomm Aqstic Audio, Hexagon 642 DSP unit with All-Ways Aware technology.
The new Snapdragon 660 is available already in the market for manufacturers to use on their upcoming devices, the Snapdragon 630 on the other hand should arrived later this month with new devices coming out with the said chipset to be ready in the next few months.