Qualcomm has broadened its product lineup with two new mid-range mobile chips, namely Snapdragon 665 and Snapdragon 730. Evidently, SD665 would be succeeding the existing SD660 SoC. Similarly, the newer SD730 would be in the lineage of SD710 and recently released SD712 SoC. They could be powering any of the upcoming phones you would be buying. So, let’s know what’s new and changed in the upgrade.
Snapdragon 665 and Snapdragon 730 Specifications
|Mobile platform||Snapdragon 665||Snapdragon 730|
|Core configuration||2.0 GHz Kryo 260 (Cortex- A73 based) x 4
1.8GHz Kryo 260 (Cortex-A53 based) x 4
|2.2 GHz Kryo 470 (Cortex- A76 based) x 2
1.8GHz Kryo 470 (Cortex-A55 based) x 6
|Process||11nm LPP||8nm LPP|
|GPU||Adreno 610||Adreno 618|
|Memory support||2x 16-bit LPDDR4X
|2x 16-bit LPDDR4X
|Modem||Snapdragon X12 LTE
Download speed: 600Mbps
|Snapdragon X15 LTE Download speed: 800Mbps|
|DSP||Hexagon 686||Hexagon 688|
|ISP/Camera||Spectra 165 ISP
25MP single / 16MP dual
|Spectra 350 ISP
36MP single / 22MP dual
H.264 & H.265
H.264 & H.265
10-bit Display pipeline for HDR Capture
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 Specifications
This new SD 665 bears Samsung’s 11nm LPP process and thus we could expect an improvement in its performance from its predecessor. It thrives on Kryo 260 (A73) cores and four Kryo 260 (A53), each with a clock speed of 2.0GHz and 1.8GHz respectively.
Another notable upgrade is in the GPU performance. The new Adreno 512 that features Vulkan 1.1, which saves 20% in power consumption. You could enjoy better audio courtesy of Surround sound powered by Qualcomm aptX Adaptive Audio and Qualcomm Aqstic Audio Technology.
As shown in the above image, the company did tout the enhanced AI capability (2 times faster processing).
The new chip puts emphasis on its improved Hexagon 686 DSP and Spectra 165 ISP, which supports up to a 48MP single lens and can take a triple camera setup.
Rest everything from 2×16-bit LPDDR4-1866 memory, Snapdragon X12 LTE baseband (Cat.12/13 download 600Mbps upload 150Mbps), and 2K30fps/1080p 120fps video encoding remains the same like SD660.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 and 730G
This is the first 8nm chip from Qualcomm. It packs a dual-core Kryo 470 (A76) + six-core Kryo 470 (A55) CPUs. They could bolt to faster clock speeds of 2.2GHz and 1.8GHz respectively. So, you could see an overall performance boost by 35% which place it above the Snapdragon 710 as well as the Snapdragon 675.
The chipset houses Adreno 618 GPU, an X15 LTE modem, and support for Wi-Fi 6. Yet again, AI takes the limelight with Qualcomm’s fourth-gen AI engine coupled with integrated Hexagon 688 DSP, and Qualcomm’s tensor accelerator for machine learning.
Overall speaking, the American multinational semiconductor maker claims a two-fold leap in performance.
All hail the games! The latest iterations of Qualcomm chipsets aim to quench an ever-increasing processing demand on chipsets from the games and resource-heavy apps. The new chipsets are expected to arrive in real-world phones by mid-2019.