06 June 2018
Recently Qualcomm announced the first chipset of new Snapdragon 700 series. The first chipset was announced as Snapdragon 710 and it is highly regarded as the successor model of Snapdragon 660 SoC. From the look of the things, it seems like the company is getting ready to announce another chipset in the Snapdragon 600 series. Today the Snapdragon 680 SoC allegedly appears at Geekbench to showcase its prowess in single-core and multi-core tests.
As per Geekbench listing the smartphone running on Snapdragon 680 chipset scores 1940 points on single-core test whereas on multi-core test the device achieves 5153 points. The SoC is accompanied with 6GB RAM during testing and pre-installed with Android Oreo 8.1. Considering the benchmark scores, the Snapdragon 680 chipset falls behind Snapdragon 710 in the Qualcomm's portfolio but works better than Snapdragon 660 SoC.
Its an Hexa-core SoC with maximum clocking at 2.15Ghz. The Snapdragon 680 will be the second chipset from Qualcomm in the 600-series with six cores. Also, it is important to mention that the chipset single-core results are pretty much close to Snapdragon 835 which was powering almost all flagships last year. The Snapdragon 680 most likely will be powering the upper mid-range smartphones later this year.
So far we have seen a couple of Chinese branded smartphones running the latest Snapdragon 710 SoC including Xiaomi Mi 8 SE edition and the Vivo NEX A. Both falls in upper mid-range category with impressive hardware specs. The Snapdragon 710 is an Octa-core SoC built on a 10nm process with built-in support for Cat 15 LTE, dedicated AI engine, and Qualcomm's Quick Charge 4.0+.
Most likely the Snapdragon 680 SoC will be built on a 14nm process like most of Snapdragon 600 series SoCs. At the moment it is still in the dark when the first Snapdragon 680 driven smartphone will be announced. Stay tuned.