Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 launched last year was a very powerful SoC that dragged down quite a few flagship 800-series features to mid-range phones. The chipset didn’t gain much traction in the better part of this year, but is now available on several competent mid-range options.

Quite recently, Qualcomm also introduced its new Snapdragon 700 tier which has been designed to be a branding that does better justice to ‘Sub-premium’ phones than 600-series.

Fresh-out-of-foundry Snapdragon 670, is meant to bridge the gap between Snapdragon 660 and the Snapdragon 710. However, considering the state of the current market, both of these chipsets will eventually be competing in the near same budget.

Let’s compare the two to know how they are different.

Note: We have updated list of phones with Snapdragon 670 mobile platform below:

Also Read: DynamIQ vs big.LITTLE Architecture: What has changed

Snapdragon 670 vs Snapdragon 710 Specifications

Mobile platform Snapdragon 670 Snapdragon 710
Core configuration 2.0 GHz Kryo 360 (Cortex- A75 based) x 2

1.7GHz Kryo 360 (Cortex-A55 based) x 6

2.2 GHz Kryo 360 (Cortex- A75 based) x 2

1.7GHz Kryo 360 (Cortex-A55 based) x 6

Process 10nm LPP 10nm LPP
GPU Adreno 615 Adreno 616
Memory support 2x 16-bit LPDDR4X

14.9GB/s

2x 16-bit LPDDR4X

14.9GB/s

Modem Snapdragon X12 LTE

Download speed: 600Mbps

Snapdragon X15 LTE Download speed: 800Mbps
DSP Hexagon 685 Hexagon 685
ISP/Camera Spectra 250 ISP

25MP single / 16MP dual

Spectra 250 ISP

32MP single / 20MP dual

Encode/Decode 2160p30, 1080p120

H.264 & H.265

2160p30, 1080p120

H.264 & H.265

10-bit Display pipeline for HDR Capture

Snapdragon 670 VS Snapdragon 710: 6 Things that are different

As you can see, both of these chipsets are based on power-efficient 10nm process node (same as Snapdragon 845) and have a lot in common, including the same basic Core configuration (2+6, most probably DynamIQ architecture).

In fact, both the Snapdragon 660 and Snapdragon 710 are pin and software compatible, which is to say that OEMs can choose or switch between them without much effort.

They still have a few notable differences.

  1. The maximum clock frequency of performance Kryo 360 cores (Cortex-A75 based) is slightly lower on SD 670. Since power cores have the same frequency (1.7GHz) for both chipsets, there shouldn’t be an appreciable difference in real-world performance.
  2. These are the only two mid-range mobile platforms as of now that have Adreno 600-series GPUs. The GPU on SD 670 is numerically inferior to Adreno 616 on SD 710. How much of a difference that will make? According to Qualcomm, Snapdragon 710 offers 35% graphics performance improvement over 660 and the Snapdragon 670 offers 25% performance improvement over Snapdragon 660.
  3. The Display controller on Snapdragon 670 can only drive FHD+ resolution and the Snapdragon 710 can support up to QHD+ displays.
  4. Unlike the Snapdragon 670, Snapdragon 710 has 10-bit display pipelines and supports HDR Capture.
  5. The DSP and ISP are same on both Snapdragon 670 and Snapdragon 710, but they are run at a lower clock frequency on the former, thus support lower maximum camera resolution.
  6. The modem used on two SoCs are different. The Snapdragon 670 supports up to 600Mbps download speeds, which is lower compared to 800Mbps on Snapdragon 710.

List of Phones with Snapdragon 670:

In spite of all those differences, both of these mobile platforms are remarkably close in terms of positioning and feature set. Qualcomm could have probably marked SD 670 as a 700-series chip as well.

The Snapdragon 670 is available for purchase now and could make it to real-world devices very soon.

However, OEMs might prefer to side with the Snapdragon 710 that it entails an additional branding advantage. If that happens, SD 670 could hit an adoption snag, same as SD 660 did in its early life cycle.

Here’s a list of phones that have Snapdragon 670 chipset

1. Oppo R17

Just a week after the official announcement of Snapdragon 670, Oppo has announced a phone that employs its services.

The Oppo R17, that also has a ‘waterdrop’ notch has SD 670 coupled with 8GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The handset also has an in-display fingerprint sensor, 16MP rear camera, and 25MP selfie camera. A 3500mAh battery with VOOC fast charging fuels all hardware.

And that’s it. We will add more SD 670 phones to the list as they surface.

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