May 10, 2017

Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 and 630 SoCs Officially announced

Qualcomm recently announced their latest chipsets, the Snapdragon 660 and Snapdragon 630, both boasting faster LTE and longer battery life than its predecessors.

In order to maintain the balance in the Android Ecosystem, entry-level and mid-range phones must also receive some sort of importance. In regard to this, Qualcomm recently announced two of their latest offerings in the 600-series meant for those phones that are considered as either entry-level or mid-range. The SoCs in question are the Snapdragon 660 and Snapdragon 630, which are the successors of the Snapdragon 653 and Snapdragon 626 respectively. They are said to offer improved performance, enhanced photography, more immersive gaming, and longer battery life.

Furthermore, the Snapdragon 660 and 630 were made using a 14nm process. Both are able to provide 4K video capture and have 8GB maximum memory. They support the company's in-house Spectra 160 camera ISP which can help enhance the photographic image quality by producing more natural skin tones. Aside from that, the processors support several additional features including optical zoom, bokeh effects, dual pixel autofocus, and video stabilization. The Snapdragon 660 arrives with Hexagon 680 DSP that enables improved performance, power efficient image processing, and more.

Both chipsets come with Snapdragon X12 LTE Modem which boasts up to 600Mbps of downlink data rates. In terms of power efficiency and thermal performance, Qualcomm has integrated high-power user equipment on both chipsets. The higher-end Snapdragon 660 sports a Kryo 260 CPU and Adreno 512 GPU whereas the Snapdragon 630 has ARM Cortex-A53 CPU and Adreno 508 GPU. Both chipsets offer Quick Charge 4 fast charging technology.

Having more powerful processors compared to their predecessors, Qualcomm's Vice-President in Product Management, Kedar Kondap, rightfully said, "With the introduction of the Snapdragon 660 and 630 Mobile Platforms, we are thrilled that features such as improved image quality and fast LTE speeds will now be available in a wide array of devices without sacrificing performance or quality."