20 January 2021
Qualcomm has introduced a new mid-range processor named Snapdragon 678. It is an incremental upgrade over Snapdragon 675, a two-year-old chipset that proved to be quite popular among mid-range smartphones. Both these processors share specs and features for the most part except for minor differences here and there.
The Snapdragon 678 has been developed using the 11nm manufacturing process. It has the same octa-core setup as the predecessor but Kryo 460 cores are now clocked at 2.2GHz. This is a slight boost over the 2.0Hz clock speed available with the previous offering. The GPU in the setup is the same Adreno 612 but Qualcomm says it will deliver increased performance.
The process has Spectra 250L ISP capable of shooting shots with zero shutter lag and up to 48-megapixels resolution. It further boasts of the third-gen Qualcomm AI Engine, portrait mode, low-light shooting, laser autofocus, 4K video recording, 5X optical zoom, and slow-motion video recording.
It should be noted despite being a 2020 processor, Snapdragon 678 still comes with the Snapdragon X12 LTE modem. It means there is no 5G support and this processor is capable of connecting only to 4G LTE networks. The modem is claimed to deliver up to 600 Mbps download speeds and up to 150 Mbps upload speeds. Unfortunately, Qualcomm is yet to share when we can expect to see the new chipset in commercially available smartphones.