23 November 2021
Qualcomm has unveiled four new chipsets that will help the smartphone makers to just bombard the mid-tier segment with more and more 5G phones.
Over time, Qualcomm’s competitor MediaTek has emerged as the preferred chipset partner for smartphone OEMs, specifically in India where the demand for low to mid-tier phones is high. This is where Qualcomm gets fierce competition and had already lost much. So, to gain a good slice of this market and widen the smartphone user base, Qualcomm is now focusing on bringing more solutions.
These new chipsets are Snapdragon 778G+, Snapdragon 695, Snapdragon 680, and Snapdragon 480+. As you can see, two of these chipsets are ‘Plus’ variants of the existing chipsets, so presumably, they bring some improvements.
It should be noted that three of these chipsets support 5G, while one of them gets the 4G LTE support.
To start with, we have the Snapdragon 778G+, which is also fabbed using a 6nm node process, just like the popular and much-used Snapdragon 778G processor. Being a Plus variant, its cores are now clocked at slightly higher speeds. The Kryo 670 Prime core now runs at 2.5GHz (up from 2.4GHz). Also, the Adreno 642L GPU gets a boost too, promising 20% higher performance. The rest remains the same, which means the X53 5G model has the same downlinks and uplinks speeds. It continues to support mmWave and sub-6GHz frequencies.
Next up is the Snapdragon 480+, an upgrade over the Snapdragon 480 SoC and continues to support sub-6GHz and mmWave.
It is still made on an 8nm chip with relatively old Kryo 460 CPU cores and an Adreno 619 GPU. The CPU boosts the clock speed from 2.0GHz to 2.2GHz.
Snapdragon 695 5G processor is a follow-up to the Snapdragon 690 5G. Qualcomm promises the Kryo 660 CPU in the Snapdragon 695 SoC is capable of delivering up to 15% improvement from the previous generation. And, the accompanied Adreno 619 GPU can offer up to 30% performance improvement from the previous generation.
In the pile of new 5G processors by Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 680 comes as a new LTE-only SoC that’s built on the same 6nm process as the 695. So, clearly, this chipset will help cater to needs for regions that don’t have 5G deployments yet. The Snapdragon 680 chipset uses upgraded versions of the Kryo 260 cores used most recently in the Snapdragon 662 (11nm chip).
All these new chips are expected to launch later in Q4 2021 and partners like HMD, Honor, Motorola, Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi are expected to bring their phones with these new chips soon after the release.