More high-end features become affordable with Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 660 and 630

Qualcomm’s introduction of the two new processors indicates the company is serious about serving the mid-range segment.

The Snapdragon 660 and Snapdragon 630 were made official tonight, and the goal for them is to bring more high-end features to affordable devices. Both are part of the Snapdragon 600 series Qualcomm has positioned for mid-range phones and tablets. So you should expect to see the duo appear in consumer-ready hardware this summer while the Snapdragon 835 continues being the go-to for high-end devices until the final few months of the year. We’re officially seeing Qualcomm’s primary processors for 2017 now.

Meet the Snapdragon 660 mobile platform

Primarily the most noticeable improvements for the pair are in connectivity, photography, and artificial intelligence. Qualcomm says performance, security, and battery life have also been boosted but that’s a given with any upgrade for processors.

Here are key qualities for both:

  • Snapdragon 660
    • Adreno 512 GPU
    • X12 LTE modem: download speeds of up to 600 Mbps
    • Bluetooth 5.0 support
    • Camera: up to 24MP single-camera setup, 16MP + 16MP dual-camera setup, zero shutter lag, 4K video recording and playback
    • Quick Charge 4
    • Biometric security: fingerprint scanning, iris scanning, facial recognition, voice recognition
  • Snapdragon 630
    • Adreno 508 GPU
    • X12 LTE modem: download speeds of up to 600 Mbps
    • Bluetooth 5.0 support
    • Camera: up to 24MP single-camera setup, 13MP + 13MP dual-camera setup, zero shutter lag, 4K video recording and playback
    • Quick Charge 4
    • Biometric security: fingerprint scanning, iris scanning, facial recognition, voice recognition

Qualcomm already began distributing the Snapdragon 660, but hardware manufacturers shouldn’t expect to see the Snapdragon 630 in their hands until the end of the month. We should see the first devices using either one of these two processors launch as early as next month.

Because of the complex nature of mobile processors, we highly recommend you visit Qualcomm’s site to learn about the new Snapdragon 660 and Snapdragon 630.

Source: Qualcomm


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