Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 630, Snapdragon 660 mobile platforms

Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 630, Snapdragon 660 mobile platforms

Both deliver high-end features to mobile devices, such as enhancements in biometric security, upgrades in performance, support for better multimedia experiences, and support for machine learning.

The CPU is 10% faster than the previous generation Snapdragon 626 while the GPU Adreno 508 is 30% faster compared to the Adreno 506.

These and other capabilities will enable "more affordable high-quality features for more smartphones and tablets, with little compromise on power", staff manager for product marketing Geoff Gordon wrote yesterday in a blog post.

Qualcomm has established business ties with a number of China-based first-tier smartphone vendors, including Xiaomi Technology, Oppo and Vivo, which have chose to adopt Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 chips for their high-end models, said the sources. Meanwhile, the Snapdragon 625 was used in the likes of the Moto Z Play, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and Huawei Nova.

The Qualcomm unveiled new chipsets, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 and the Snapdragon 630.

These include a 14-bit Qualcomm Spectra 160 Image Signal Processor (ISP), which supports lag-free photo capture at up to 24-megapixels and 4K video capture and playback at 30 frames per second. Meanwhile, the Snapdragon 660 ditches ARM's standard cores in favour of Qualcomm's own Kryo 260 CPU cores (as opposed to the Snapdragon 835's Kryo 280).

The Snapdragon 660 mobile platform is now shipping and the Snapdragon 630 platform will begin shipping towards the end of May. And since these new processor chips are updated, we will expect that the mid-range smartphone device using these new hardwares will also improve the performance, especially in gaming aspects.

The two new chips also feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon X12 LTE modem, which supports download speeds of up to 600Mbps - "a first for 600-tier processors", Gordon noted. Among these are support for Bluetooth 5 and support for Quick Charge 4. Devices using these chips will have enough power for five hours of talking time after five minutes of charging, while 15 minutes of charging will bring the battery up to 50 percent.

Manufacturers are also going to have to pony up when it comes to RAM as both SoCs support up to 8GB of memory.