Qualcomm first announced its 700 series during the MWC 2018 this year. Qualcomm believes that the gap between its mid-range Snapdragon 600-series SoCs and high-end Snapdragon 800 range has widened enough to accommodate a new series and that’s where the Snapdragon 700s will step in.
Today, we get a first glimpse into the first Snapdragon 700-series chips – the Snapdragon 710 and Snapdragon 730. It looks like these CPUs take advantage of DynamIQ architecture and use the efficient and economic option of (6 + 2) cores that we were expecting from DynamIQ chips moving forward.
Before we take a look at what’s inside, take a look at the image detailing the key specs of Snapdragon 710 and Snapdragon 730:
Snapdragon 710 – Features
The Snapdragon 710 is an octa-core chipset that will be based on the 10nm process similar to Snapdragon 845. If this is a DynamIQ chip (which it probably is considering the L3 cache on board), the Kyro cores will be based on Cortex-A75(x2) and Cortex-A55(x6).
Unlike the Snapdragon 730, which we will get to in a bit, the Snapdragon 710 won’t have a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU) for AI tasks. It will have to rely on Adreno 615 GPU and Hexagon DSP. It will also include Spectra 250 ISP.
The RF transmitter is SDR660, which belongs to the mid-range 600-series. Other than that, the Snapdragon 710 will have support for 19:9 3040 x 1440 resolution displays (Notches aren’t going anywhere), HDR 10, and for triple cameras.
Snapdragon 730 – Features
Interestingly, the Snapdragon 730 will be based on 8nm LPP process that promises 10% area reduction and 10% lower power consumption compared to equivalent 10nm chips. The Snapdragon 730 will have new Kyro 4XX series cores as well.
This one will also have a dedicated NPU to handle AI tasks and include more advanced Spectra 350 ISP. The maximum supported display resolution and GPU remain same.
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Snapdragon 710 and Snapdragon 730 Availability
Samsung became 8nm LPP process technology qualified in October last year. Since 8nm process uses the same technology to build as the 10nm process, the Snapdragon 730 phones could hit the market earlier than expected (maybe even by the end of this year).