Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor is the CPU of choice for most smartphone brands where flagships are concerned, as we’ve seen with the recent Galaxy S9, LG G7 ThinQ, OnePlus 6, and HTC U12+ launches. Mid-tier hands have been mostly using the Snapdragon 660 chip but we could soon see a bunch of mid-range flagships sporting Qualcomm’s latest silicon, the Snapdragon 710, that promises to make premium features more affordable.
Notable features of the Snapdragon 710 processor include:
- Kryo 360 based Octa-core processor with 2x cores @ 2.2GHz (Cortex A75) + 6x cores @ 1.7GHz (Cortex A55), 10 nm process
- A two-fold increase in overall AI performance when compared to the Snapdragon 660
- New Spectra 250 ISP brings improvements to low-light photography, fast autofocus, image stabilization, smooth zoom and real-time Bokeh effects. Supports up to a single 32MP ISP and 20MP dual ISP. in a nutshell, this should result in quicker frame capture and better photo and video quality
- Supports 4K HDR playback with greater brightness, wider color gamut, and color depth.
- Features the new Snapdragon X15 LTE (Category 15) that supports downloads at up to 800Mbps speeds along with 4X4 MIMO technology for up to 70% faster download speeds in areas with weak signal
- The Snapdragon X15 modem also brings Bluetooth 5.0, Broadcast Audio, and Qualcomm’s TrueWireless Stereo Plus technology. This means lower latency, longer battery life, and voice calling in both ears when using earbuds
- The Adreno 616 Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) will increase graphics rendering speed by 35% while still bring 40% increased energy efficiency while streaming video also gets a 20% reduction in power consumption when compared to the SD660
- The Snapdragon 710 also features Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4+ technology that the company says will charge a battery to 50% in just 15 minutes
Smartphone manufacturers already have access to the Snapdragon 710, and Qualcomm says that the first devices using the new chip should be announced in the coming weeks.