01 September 2017
Qualcomm has announced its latest chipsets, Snapdragon 660 and Snapdragon 630, at an event held in Singapore. These chipsets are successors to last year's Snapdragon 653 and Snapdragon 625 respectively. Both of these are aimed at bringing the premium experience to the mid-range segment which is reflected from features which were first introduced with Snapdragon 820 chipset.
To start off, both Snapdragon 660 and 630 chipsets are octa-core and built on the 14nm FinFET manufacturing process. Qualcomm has made use of four Kryo 260 performance and four Kryo 260 efficiency cores clocked at 2.2GHz and 1.8GHz respectively for the Snapdragon 660 chipset. As for the latter one, it has gone with 2.2GHz four Cortex A75 cores and 1.8GHz four Cortex A53 cores. The GPU on both processors is Adreno 512 and Adreno 508 respectively with 30% improvement in both cases over their predecessors.
Qualcomm's latest mid-range chipsets feature support for up to 8GB RAM, Vulkan API, X12 LTE modem, and Bluetooth 5. There is also support for Quick Charge 4 which is said to offer up to 5 hours of talk time within 5 minutes of charging and up to 50% battery back up within 15 minutes of charging. There are also improvements related to battery efficiency as it claims that newer chipsets now consume 50 to 75% lower power for certain location services and up to 60% improvement for WiFi download power consumption on the Snapdragon 660.
For the camera department, both chipsets come with Spectra 160 ISP which is said to offer improved photography experience with better low-light performance, and more natural skin tones along with better throughput and improved battery efficiency for dual-camera smartphones. In terms of display, the Snapdragon 660 supports up to Quad HD resolution and the Snapdragon 630 supports up to Full HD/QXGA (1080p).
One of the highlights of these new Snapdragon 660 and 630 chipsets is that they also come with native support for machine learning. They basically support Qualcomm's Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine SDK which can be used by OEMs and developers for offering immersive user experiences. The SDK further supports Caffe/Caffe2 and TensorFlow frameworks.
Qualcomm announced that while Snapdragon 660 has already started to ship, Snapdragon 630 will start shipping towards this month's end. As for the smartphones powering these chipsets, they are expected arrive sometime in the Q2 2017.
Kedar Kondap, VP of Product Management at Qualcomm 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. This ensures that a greater number of consumers will be able to take advantage of higher quality user experiences in camera, audio and visual processing, connectivity, improved CPU and GPU performance, fast charging, security and machine learning."