Qualcomm announces three new processors with support for dual cameras


Qualcomm has just announced three new Snapdragon processors in the 600 and 400 tiers that, while considered more midrange, bring some strong improvements over their predecessors.

Join us after the break for the details.

All three processors will now support X9 LTE, which will give Cat 7 downlink speeds up to 300Mbps and Cat 13 uplink speeds up to 150Mbps (a 50 percent increase of the X8 LTE uplink speeds). There will also be improved call clarity and reliability with VoLTE calls thanks to the Enhanced Voice Services (EVS) codec. Also worth mentioning is that all three processors have been designed to support Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0.

Qualcomm is also bringing in support on all three new processors for phones with dual camera configurations. More and more smartphones, such as the new LG V20, are starting to implement dual cameras to provide either optical zoom capabilities or enhanced light absorption for clearer photos especially in low light. While Qualcomm has its new Clear Sight technology for dual cameras in the premium Snapdragon 820 and 821 processors, it’s nice to see some level of similar support on more midrange chipsets. Qualcomm has not gone into specifics yet what this means for the new 600 and 400 tier processors as it’s most likely the Clear Sight technology specifically will stay with their flagship chips.

Now let’s talk about how the three processors differ, starting with the Snapdragon 653 and the 626.


The biggest change found in the Snapdragon 653, other than the 10% increased performance over the Snapdragon 652, is the support for up to 8 GB of RAM. The Snapdragon 652 came with support for 4 GB, and while the most RAM we have seen in smartphones have topped out at 6 GB (most notably the OnePlus 3) so it will be interesting to see if any new smartphones will take advantage of this support.

The Snapdragon 626 will support a lot of the same technologies as the 653, but will also bring in Qualcomm TruSignal Antenna boost, which should improve signal reception in congested areas.


The Snapdragon 427 will also come in with roughly the same technologies and will be the first processor in the 400 tier to support the TruSignal Antenna boost. While actual clock speeds are unknown, there will certainly be increases in CPU and GPU performance for the Snapdragon 427 when compared to its predecessor, the Snapdragon 425.

The Snapdragon 653 and 626 will be commercially available by the end of 2016 and the Snapdragon 427 is expected sometime in early 2017. We will keep an eye out for any new devices that may take advantage of these processors.


Qualcomm Announces Introduction of New Snapdragon 600 and 400-Tier Processors Supporting Enhanced Experiences and Improved Connectivity; Significant Traction in High Performance, High Volume Smartphones
— Qualcomm TruSignal Antenna Boost Technology and Support for Dual Camera Now Available in 600 and 400 Tier Snapdragon Processors —

Qualcomm Incorporated
Oct 17, 2016, 21:30 ET

HONG KONG, Oct. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., introduced three new Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processors aimed at supporting enhanced user experiences and connectivity for high performance and high volume mobile devices. The new Snapdragon 653, Snapdragon 626 and Snapdragon 427 processors are designed to deliver higher levels of processing performance than their predecessors. All three new processors are designed to support Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0 technology, designed to deliver power up to 4X faster compared to traditional charging methods. In addition, support for dual camera has been extended from the Snapdragon 800 tier to the Snapdragon 600 and 400 tiers, for clear imaging and photos across a wider variety of photo capture scenarios, to further enhance consumer experiences.

Each chipset supports the following modem features:

  • X9 LTE, with Cat 7 downlink speeds up to 300Mbps, and Cat 13 uplink speeds up to 150Mbps, designed to provide users with a 50 percent increase in maximum uplink speeds over the X8 LTE modem.
  • LTE Advanced Carrier Aggregation with up to 2×20 MHz in the downlink and uplink
  • Support for 64-QAM in the uplink
  • Superior call clarity and higher call reliability with the Enhanced Voice Services (EVS) codec on VoLTE calls.
    These advanced modem capabilities can increase network capacity and improve throughputs for all users in the network.

Qualcomm Technologies also announced that, over the past 12 months, there have been more than 400 OEM designs based on our Snapdragon 600-tier chipsets, including more than 300 devices launched and more than 100 device designs currently in the pipeline.

Snapdragon 600 and Snapdragon 400 Features:

  • The Snapdragon 653 processor not only features an increase in CPU and GPU performance over the Snapdragon 652, but also doubles the addressable memory (RAM) from 4GB to 8GB supporting greatly enhanced user experiences. The Snapdragon 653 is pin and software compatible with Snapdragon 650 and 652.
  • The Snapdragon 626 features a CPU performance increase over the Snapdragon 625. It also features Qualcomm® TruSignal™ antenna boost, designed to improve signal reception in congested areas. The Snapdragon 626 is pin and software compatible with Snapdragon 625, and software compatible with the Snapdragon 425, 427, 430, and 435 processors.
  • The Snapdragon 427 delivers a CPU and GPU performance increase over the Snapdragon 425. It is the first chipset to bring TruSignal to the Snapdragon 400 tier of processors, designed to deliver unprecedented powerful antenna tuning to this high volume line of processor solutions. The Snapdragon 427 is pin and software compatible with Snapdragon 425, 430 and 435, and software compatible with Snapdragon 625 and 626.

“It has always been Qualcomm Technologies’ strategy to introduce industry-leading features first at the premium Snapdragon 800 tier design point, and then scale these features into our other Snapdragon products,” said Alex Katouzian, senior vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “A great example of this strategy is the use of dual camera for capturing high quality photos that now range across our portfolio, including our 400 series mobile solution. Doing this allows our customers and smartphone developers to reach a broad subscriber base with advanced features and great end-user experiences.”

The Snapdragon 653 and 626 chipsets are expected to be commercially available by the end of 2016. The Snapdragon 427 chipset is expected to be in commercial devices in early 2017.

Additional Qualcomm Technologies announcements made today at the 4G/5G Summit include new solutions for connected smart cameras, and, broad ecosystem adoption of its LTE Category M1/NB-1 modem.

About Qualcomm Incorporated
Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) is a world leader in 3G, 4G and next-generation wireless technologies. Qualcomm Incorporated includes Qualcomm’s licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of its patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, substantially all of Qualcomm’s engineering, research and development functions, and substantially all of its products and services businesses, including its semiconductor business, QCT. For more than 30 years, Qualcomm ideas and inventions have driven the evolution of digital communications, linking people everywhere more closely to information, entertainment and each other. For more information, visit Qualcomm’s website, OnQ blog, Twitter and Facebook pages.

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

Qualcomm Contacts:
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Phone: 1-858-845-5959
Email: corpcomm@qualcomm.com

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Email: ir@qualcomm.com

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Kevin has been obsessed with technology ever since the days of playing with commands in MS-DOS. As a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology where he studied a combination of New Media Programming and Photography, Kevin lives in New York City where he works as a photo retoucher. His first "smartphone" was the good old LG Voyager with its slide-out physical keyboard. The first Android device Kevin owned was the now-infamous HTC Thunderbolt, which he still has in a drawer somewhere. Currently rocking both the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, Kevin has a (un)healthy obsession with phones and has owned more than he can remember. When he's not shopping for a new phone, Kevin enjoys lots of food and wine, video games, astronomy, and the Big Apple.