The U.S based chip maker, Qualcomm today announced the Snapdragon 660 and Snapdragon 630 mobile platforms. With these new mobile platforms (a.k.a System on Chip), the company further strengthen its mid-range segment. The flagship Snapdragon 835 SoC has been the most powerful mobile processor till date and recently, the company also announced the entry-level Snapdragon 205 SoC with LTE support for the emerging markets like India. Now, the new Snapdragon 660 and 630 mobile platforms bring the all-new features that are first introduced with Snapdragon 835 SoC.
The Snapdragon 660 and Snapdragon 630 mobile platforms are the successors to the last year’s Snapdragon 653 and Snapdragon 626 processors. The Snapdragon 660 has been in the leaks for quite some time and as expected, it packs the custom Kryo 260 cores. Both these mobile platforms use the Snapdragon X12 LTE modems that offer 600Mbps download speeds and 150Mbps upload speeds. This is the same LTE modem that was used in the Snapdragon 820 and Snapdragon 821 processors. The latest Snapdragon X16 modem in the Snapdragon 835 SoC can reach till 1Gbps download speeds.
Snapdragon 660 Mobile Platform
The Snapdragon 660 mobile platform comes with four Kryo 260 cores clocked at 2.2GHz and four more Kryo 260 cores clocked at 1.8GHz. It includes the Adreno 512 GPU that is said to offer 30% better performance compared to Adreno 510 GPU. The new Adreno 512 GPU also supports the latest 3D graphics APIs along with Vulkan API for better graphics performance. The devices powered by the Snapdragon 660 can have a maximum of Quad HD (2560 x 1600 pixels) resolution. There is also a Hexagon 680 DSP and 14-bit dual Spectra 160 ISP that supports up to a 24MP camera.
It can capture in 4K resolution at 30fps and supportsHardware HEVC (H.265) encode and decode. This new mobile platform also supports Quick Charge 4 fast charging technology that promises up to 20% faster charging and 30% higher efficiency compared to Quick Charge 3. It also supports dual SIM with LTE support for both the SIMs along with the dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, LPDDR4 RAM, and eMMC/UFS storage. The chipset is already available to its partners and the devices powered by this mobile platform can be expected in the next couple of months.
Snapdragon 630 Mobile Platform
Just like the Snapdragon 660 mobile platform, the Snapdragon 630 mobile platform is also built using the 14nm FinFET process. It packs four high-performance Cortex A53 cores clocked at 2.2GHz and another four power-efficient Cortex A53 cores clocked at 1.8GHz. Compared to the Adreno 506 GPU on the Snapdragon 626 SoC, the Adreno 308 GPU on this SoC delivers up to 30% higher graphics performance. The Bluetooth 5.0 and Quick Charge 4.0 are also available on this chipset. As seen with the Snapdragon 660, the Snapdragon 660 SoC also features Hexagon 680 DSP with Always aware technology and Spectra 160 ISP.
With the LPDDR4 RAM, the power consumption will be lesser than using the LPDDR3 RAM. It also supports Qualcomm’s suite of RF front-end components like TruSignal adaptive antenna tuning with carrier aggregation and envelope tracking technology. The Snapdragon 630 powered devices will also support high-power user equipment (HPUE) technology that is currently used by the U.S based carrier Sprint. The Snapdragon 630 will be available to their partners by the end of this month and smartphones powered by this chipset are expected to launch in Q3 2017.