Qualcomm has announced two additions to its range of mobile processors, the Snapdragon 660 and the Snapdragon 630. These will be succeeding the Snapdragon 653 and the Snapdragon 626, respectively that not only offers better performance but also promises faster LTE connectivity and enhanced battery life.
The Snapdragon 660 is based on 14nm technology and has 8x Kryo 260 CPU cores clocked at 2.2GHz, and is the first 600-series Snapdragon SoC to have Kryo CPU. The CPU is said to be 20% faster than the one on the Snapdragon 653. The GPU is Adreno 512, which is 30% faster than the Adreno 510 on the 653.
It also has the latest Snapdragon X12 LTE modem, Wi-Fi 802.11ac Wave 2, 2×2 MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, Qualcomm TruSignal adaptive antenna tuning, 600Mbps data and 867Mbps Wi-Fi peak download speed, USB 3.1, Qualcomm Spectra 160 ISP, 4K video capture, QHD display support, Qualcomm Aqstic audio codec support, Qualcomm Hexagon 680 DSP, Qualcomm Hexagon Vector eXtensions (HVX), Qualcomm All-Ways Aware, and QuickCharge 4.0.
The Snapdragon 630 is based 14nm technology and has 8x ARM Cortex-A53 CPU clocked at 2.2GHz that is 10% faster than the Snapdragon 626 and Adreno 508 GPU that is 30% faster. It also has the latest Snapdragon X12 LTE modem, Wi-Fi 802.11ac Wave 2, Bluetooth 5.0, Qualcomm TruSignal adaptive antenna tuning, 600Mbps data and 433Mbps Wi-Fi peak download speed, USB 3.1, Qualcomm Spectra 160 ISP, 4K video capture, 1080p display support, Qualcomm Aqstic audio codec support, Qualcomm Hexagon 642 DSP, Qualcomm All-Ways Aware, and QuickCharge 4.0.
Also, both chipsets have been built to deliver improved battery performance. For example, while using location based services, users can experience around 50 to 75 percent lower consumption of battery. Even the power consumption during downloading on Wi-Fi has been reduced by 60 percent on Snapdragon 660.
Snapdragon 660 is available now to hardware partners and devices will be shipping end of this quarter. Snapdragon 630 will be available end of May and devices will start shipping next quarter. Some of the smartphones that are rumored to be powered by Snapdragon 660 include OPPO R11, Samsung Galaxy C10, Sony Xperia X Ultra, Vivo X9s Plus, Xiaomi Redmi Pro 2, Xiaomi Mi Max 2, and Nokia 7/8.