Qualcomm has upgraded its mid-range Snapdragon 600 and Snapdragon 400 series processors with the launch of Snapdragon 617 and Snapdragon 430 respectively. The devices running on Snapdragon 617 are expected to be available in the market by the end of 2015, and the Snapdragon 430 powered devices will hit the market in Q2 2016.
The company has also announced that the Snapdragon 410 SoC has been used in more than 550 mobile device designs while Snapdragon 210 was featured in more than 200 designs. There are more than 200 million units shipped with Snapdragon 410 processors in just one year of launch.
Talking about the latest processors, the Snapdragon 617 can be clocked at a maximum of 1.5GHz, which is the lowest when compared to other processors in the Snapdragon 600 series. It comes with the same Adreno 405 GPU that was seen in the earlier processors.
The Snapdragon 617 is only limited to Full HD Display unlike the Snapdragon 615 and 616 supports up to 2560 x 2048 resolution. This latest processor comes with X8 LTE that can support Cat 7 with a speed of 200Mbps downloading and 100Mbps of Uploading. With the specifications of this latest processor, we expect it to be power efficient with eight Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.5GHz. The dual ISP’s on the SoC allow you to take images with up to 21MP resolution.
The Snapdragon 430 has got some serious upgrades when compared with other processors in the Snapdragon 400 series. It has eight Cortex-A53 processors clocked at 1.2GHz. It is expected to give better graphic experience with the upgraded Adreno 505 GPU.
The Modem has been degraded from X8 LTE on Snapdragon 425 to X6 LTE on the Snapdragon 430 that supports Cat 4 with up to 150 Mbps downloading and 75Mbps of uploading. Like the Snapdragon 617, this processor also supports dual image processors that can capture image upto 21MP.
Both the Snapdragon 617 and Snapdragon 430 supports the latest Quick Charge 3.0. With Quick Charge 3.0, the device can be charged four times faster than the normal chargers and 38% faster than Quick Charge 2.0. This is new technology will also available in the upcoming Snapdragon 820, 620 and 618 processors. The entry-level smartphones had seen improved performance with the launch of Snapdragon 410 & 415 processors, and with the latest Snapdragon 430 we can expect the devices to perform better than the predecessors.