Qualcomm has introduced two new smartphone chipsets – the Snapdragon 660 and Snapdragon 630- that should bring several advanced features to midrange phones by the end of this year.
The Snapdragon 660 will replace SD 653 and will bring 20 percent performance improvement over its predecessor. The SoC has a 8 Kyro 260 CPU cores with 4 clocked at 2.2GHz and another four clocked at 1.8GHz. These CPU cores are further assisted by Adreno 512 GPU that brings 30 percent better performance over Adreno 510.
The chipset is formed on power efficient 14nm FinFET process and supports LPDDR4 RAM interface up to 8GB. The SoC also integrates X12 LTE modem which was the same one that debuted with Snapdragon 820/821 last year. Phones employing the chipset will support up to 2K resolution displays.
SD 660 also supports USB 3.1, Quick Charge 4.0, 4K video recording, Qualcomm Clear Sight camera features like Hybrid Autofocus, Optical Zoom, and Zero Shutter Lag.
The Snapdragon 630, on the other hand, will be an upgrade over Snapdragon 625. It includes 8 Cortex-A53 cores ( Quad 2.2GHz Cortex A53 + Quad 1.8GHz Cortex A53) and Adreno 508 GPU that’s again imparts 30 percent performance boost over its predecessor.
Just like the Snapdragon 660, the SD 630 to is formed on 14nm FinFET process, supports LPDDR4 RAM up to 8GB, Quick Charge 4.0 and high-end X12 LTE modem. Qualcomm has also used the same Hexagon 680 DSP and Spectra 160 ISP for both SoCs.
The Snapdragon 630 phones will support up to QXGA displays (1200 x 1920), 4K video recording, Dual-band 802.11ac WiFi with MU-MIMO 1×1, and USB 3.1 connectivity.
Both the Snapdragon 660 and 630 will drive down premium chipset features to midrange phones. The Snapdragon 660 phones are expected to be available in the next quarter and the Snapdragon 630 powered phones will arrive by the end of this year.