Chipmaker Qualcomm continues to expand its line of systems on a mid-level chip and today introduced three processors with an emphasis on cameras, functions based on artificial intelligence and gaming capabilities. The first debutant was Snapdragon 665, which replaced Snapdragon 660, which was introduced in 2017.
As for the architecture, in comparison with the predecessor of the changes a bit. The chipset received eight Kryo 260 cores (4 customized Cortex-A73 cores with a frequency of 2.0 GHz and a quartet of Cortex-A53 cores with a clock frequency of 1.8 GHz). In fact, the peak frequency of the new chip is lower than that of Snapdragon 660, in which it reaches 2.2 GHz. Created a platform for 11-nanometer process technology, received graphics Adreno 610, modem X12, IPS Spectra 165 and digital signal processor Hexagon 686, which declared a 2-fold increase in the capabilities of AI. The new platform offers support for triple cameras (telephoto lens, wide-angle and ultra wide-angle sensors), 5x zoom, single cameras up to 48 megapixel and dual up to 16 megapixels, 3D face scan, displays with a resolution of 2520×1080 pixels, RAM up to 8 GB of LPDDR4 / 4x and quick charge technology Quick Charge 3.0.
Today, the chip maker has released Snapdragon 730, which has incorporated a number of features of the Snapdragon 855. In particular, this is about the support of 192 megapixel images, computer vision (CV-ISP), Wi-Fi 6 and the AI Engine, which is twice as fast tasks related to machine learning than Snapdragon 710. The chipset includes 8 Kryo 470 cores (a duet of customized Cortex-A76 cores with a clock frequency of 2.2 GHz and a sextet of Cortex-A55 cores with a frequency of up to 1.8 GHz). The graphics accelerator Adreno 618 is responsible for processing the graphics, and the manufacturer declares a performance increase of 25% compared to its predecessor. The configuration includes a Hexagon 688 signal processor, a X15 LTE modem and a Spectra 350 image processor. 8-nanometer manufacturing technology is used and it supports screen resolution of 2520×1080 pixels, triple cameras, dual cameras up to 22 Mp or single up to 48 Mp and quick charging Quick Charge 4+. Among other things, it is worth mentioning the support of Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, OpenCL ™ 2.0 FP, Vulkan® 1.1, OpenGL® ES 3.2, DX12.
The Snapdragon 730G was introduced today, which will find its use in gaming smartphones. According to its characteristics, it is identical to the Snapdragon 730, with one exception: the overclocked Adreno 618 graphics and the performance gain was 15%. The first devices with a Snapdragon 730 / 730G will hit the market in the second quarter of this year, but the first smartphone based on the Snapdragon 665 should come out “soon after the announcement.”