13 June 2018
Qualcomm has officially unveiled its new Snapdragon 710 chipset for mid-range smartphones. It is a first in the Snapdragon 700 series which was announced at MWC earlier this year with a promise of bringing premium and flagship-level performance to masses. This new processor aims to do exactly the same as it comes with various features which were previously limited only to Snapdragon 800 series.
The all-new Snapdragon 710 processor sits somewhere between the mid-range Snapdragon 660 and flagship Snapdragon 845 chipsets. It is definitely more powerful and feature-rich than 660 but still below the 845. In other words, Qualcomm is hoping to offer premium features while making sure that it costs easier on buyers' pockets.
To start off, it has been developed using the same 10nm manufacturing process which was used for Snapdragon 845. It features two Cortex-A75 cores clocked at 2.2GHz and six Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.7GHz. There is Adreno 616 GPU to take care of all graphics-intensive applications. Qualcomm is claiming a 20% improvement in performance, 25% in web browsing, and 15% in app load times when compared to the Snapdragon 660.
Since artificial intelligence (AI) is all the rage nowadays, the Snapdragon 710 is said to offer twice the improvements in AI performance when compared with Snapdragon 660. This should help in better voice recognition, contextually-aware photos and videos, and improved biometric recognition. It comes with Spectra 250 ISP which should help in low light photography, noise reduction, fast autofocus, image stabilization, smooth zoom, and real-time bokeh effects.
The Snapdragon 710 is the first mid-range Qualcomm chipset to offer 4K HDR video support which is previously available only with Snapdragon 800 series processors. Although, it will definitely be up to smartphone makers whether they would like to make use of this or any of the above-mentioned features. The team has further used the Snapdragon X15 LTE modem which is not as fast as the X20 but is definitely faster than the X12 available with Snapdragon 660 chipset. Other connectivity features include Bluetooth 5, Qualcomm Broadcast Audio, and Qualcomm TrueWireless Stereo Plus.
Last but not the least, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 710 is said to bring a lot of battery life improvements as well. It is claimed to offer 40% less power consumption for 4K HDR video playback and gaming. In case of video streaming, it is said to offer 20% power reduction. It will further support Quick Charge 4+ for fast charging.
Qualcomm has said that the Snapdragon 710 is now available for its buyers to purchase and use in their respective future devices. As for consumer-ready devices, they are expected to arrive sometime in Q2 2018.