Qualcomm has announced the successor to Snapdragon 675 called Snapdragon 678. The new iteration keeps the core ingredients the same, and the difference is in terms of slightly increased CPU clock speeds. Further, the company also highlights “dynamic photography and videography abilities, and immersive entertainment experiences with long battery life over fast, reliable connectivity.”

Here are more specifics:

Snapdragon 678 Specs

Mobile platformSnapdragon 678
Core configuration2.2GHz Kryo 460 (Cortex- A76 based) x 1.7GHz Kryo 460 (Cortex-A55 based)
Process11nm LPP
GPUAdreno 612
Memory support2×16 bit LPDDR4x 1866MHz
ModemSnapdragon X12 LTE Download speed: 600Mbps
DSPHexagon 685
ISP/CameraSpectra 250 ISP – Up to 25 MP single camera, MFNR,
ZSL, 16MP dual camera, Up to 48 MP snapshot, 14-bit 2x Image Sensor Processor (ISP), Single-camera: up to 192 MP, Multi-frame Noise Reduction (MFNR) with accelerated image stabilization, Hybrid Autofocus with support for dual-phase detection (2PD) sensors, Ultra HD video capture (4K at 30 fps)
with Motion Comp
Encode/Decode2160p30, 1080p120H.264 & H.265

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Snapdragon 678: What’s improved?

As aforementioned, SD678’s main improvement over the predecessor (SD675) is its higher CPU clock speed. That is the performance core Kryo 460 (based on Cortex- A76) now can max at 2.2GHz speed. Qualcomm also notes that the Adreno 612 GPU should render better, although how and by how much is unspecified.

Much like its flagship Snapdragon 888, this mid-range chip also vaunts enhancements in real-world use cases like camera features, media consumption, and network connectivity.

On the camera front, you are getting up to 48MP triple camera set up (with “zero” shutter lag) by the back, and 4K30fps videos in the HEVC (H.265) format. Qualcomm has also added its 3rd-gen AI engine to facilitate better portrait and low-light shots.

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Other goodies in the mix include download speeds up to 600Mbps (thanks to Snapdragon X12 LTE Modem), Dual SIM Dual VoLTE, VoWiFi, and Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ technology.

You could expect phones powered by Snapdragon 678 to see the daylight in 2021.

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