Qualcomm announces mid-range Snapdragon 430 and 617 processors


Fast on the heels of announcing its new Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging technology, Qualcomm has also announced two new  processors, the Snapdragon 430 and Snapdragon 630, with both processors bringing high-end features to the middle of the range.


The Snapdragon 430 is an octa-core processor with A53 cores clocked at up to 1.2GHz and there’s an Adreno 505 GPU providing the graphics. The modem is X6 LTE enabled, which allows for Cat 4 downlink speeds up to 150Mbps. There is also support for 2x10MHz carrier aggregation and a Cat 5 uplink speed of 75Mbps. The Snapdragon 430 has dual-ISP’s which enables the capture of images up to 21MP in size, while 1080p Full HD displays, capture, and playback are supported. The Snapdragon 430 is expected to appear in devices in 2016.


 The Snapdragon 617 is expected to appear in devices by the end of 2015, and as you would expect, is a step up from the 430. The Snapdragon 617 is an octa-core processor with A53 cores clocked at up to 1.5GHz, with an Adreno 405 GPU bringing the graphics. As with the 430, the 617 features dual-ISPs allowing the capture of images up to 21MP in size. The 617 features another new modem, this time incorporating X8 LTE capabilities, supporting Cat 7 download speeds of up to 300Mbps, and uploads speeds of up to 100Mbps, along with 2x20MHz carrier aggregation. It all sounds like mumbo-jumbo, but it allows for faster LTE data, and that’s never a bad thing.

Both the Snapdragon 430 and 617 feature Qualcomm’s new Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging technology, which can charge a 2,750mAh battery from 0 to 80 percent in just 35 minutes.

Full Press Release:

HONG KONG, Sept. 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ:QCOM) today announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., has introduced two new Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processors. The new chipsets, the Snapdragon 430 and the Snapdragon 617, offer advances in both multimedia and connectivity for mid-range mobile devices.

The Snapdragon 430 features X6 LTE, with Cat 4 downlink speeds of up to 150 Mbps and support of 2×10 MHz Carrier Aggregation, and Cat 5 uplink speed of up to 75 Mbps via support for 64-QAM – a first in this tier. The Snapdragon 430 supports excellent image quality for dual camera configurations and sensors up to 21MP. The Snapdragon 430 uses the powerful new Qualcomm® Adreno™ 505 GPU with features such as Open GL ES3.1, Android Extension Pack, and OpenCL 2.0. Incorporating features that were previously limited to the high tier, the Snapdragon 617 improves on both the connectivity and capabilities of the Snapdragon 430. To meet the global demand for faster LTE data rates, the Snapdragon 617 integrates the X8 LTE modem, featuring support for Cat 7 download speeds of up to 300 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 100 Mbps using bi-directional 2×20 MHz carrier aggregation. It also shares the same software advances, dual-ISP and camera architecture of the Snapdragon 620 and 618. In addition, the same software package runs the Snapdragon 617, 618 and 620, enabling OEMs to deliver these products quickly and efficiently. For optimal RF performance, the Snapdragon 617 and 430 pair with WTR 2965, the new cost-optimized RF transceiver for global carrier aggregation.

Both the Snapdragon 617 and 430 use the power efficient ARM® Cortex™ A53 CPUs in octa-core configurations. Both also include support for Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0, the next generation of fast-charging technology. Each uses the high performance, low power Qualcomm® Hexagon™ DSP, supporting low power sensor and advanced audio. Snapdragon 430 and Snapdragon 617 will fast track the regional certification process with support for the Qualcomm® Global Pass certification program.

“As smartphones and tablets continue to spread to all corners of the globe, we recognize that users are becoming more discerning in what they want,” said Alex Katouzian, senior vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “The introduction of these new processors is a clear indication that we are listening to the needs of our customers who want ever improving cameras, faster connectivity, and better battery life across all available price points.”

Commercial devices featuring the Snapdragon 430 are expected to be available in Q2 2016, and the Snapdragon 617 is expected to be in commercial devices before the end of 2015.

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Qualcomm, Snapdragon, Adreno and Hexagon are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated, registered in the United States and other countries. Quick Charge is a trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated. Qualcomm Snapdragon, Qualcomm Adreno, Qualcomm Quick Charge and Qualcomm Hexagon are products of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. Qualcomm Global Pass is a solution of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

About the Author: Peter Holden

He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Pixel 2 XL, Huawei P20 Pro, and a Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 around in his pockets. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).

  • AbdulB1

    waiting for sd 620 to go mainstream.