27 April 2019
Qualcomm has announced three new chipsets for mid-range smartphones. These new processors are upgraded versions of the existing chipsets from 600 and 700 families. The new SoCs, Snapdragon 730, 730G and 665 come with a higher focus on AI, computing, imaging, and performance, and gaming performance.
Snapdragon 730: An upgrade to Snapdragon 710, the new SoC packs twice the power compared to the predecessor. The Snapdragon 730 is based on an 8nm manufacturing process and packs 8x Kryo 470 CPUs at up to 2.2 GHz. This chipset comes with an Adreno 618GPU and a Hexagon 688 processor with a tensor accelerator. It houses an X15 LTE modem a Spectra 350 “computer vision” image signal processor and support for Wi-Fi 6.
The Snapdragon 730G plans to bring high-end gaming features to affordable Android smartphones. This processor supports 1440p displays and 15-percent faster performance than the Snapdragon 730 and offers slow-motion video at 960fps. Qualcomm claims that this processor comes with a “Jank reducer feature” which is capable of “reducing janks by up to 90 percent” in 30 fps. Jan, for those who do not know, is basically frame rate drops which impacts the gameplay and user experience.
The third SoC announced by Qualcomm is the Snapdragon 665 sits between Snapdragon 660 and 675, which was recently seen in quite a few devices. As per Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 665 SoC offers 2x better AI on device compared to the previous generation and is built on the 11nm manufacturing process. The new SoC offers improved features like Zero Shutter Lag, Hybrid Autofocus, 48MP sensors, and triple-camera setups.