Qualcomm introduced this Tuesday four new processor models for mobile devices. The technology giant has reinforced its mid-range with four Snapdragon models, namely the Snapdragon 778G+, Snapdragon 695, Snapdragon 680 and Snapdragon 480+.
This line-up of new processors increases the performance of Qualcomm chips in the intermediate and entry ranges, with the vast majority based on processors already on the market.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+
This is the most powerful processor of the quartet and is based on one of the most famous mid-range processors of 2021, the Snapdragon 778G. The “Plus” version raises the bar in terms of performance, namely with the Kryo 670 prime core running at 2.5 GHz and the Adreno 619L graphics guaranteeing a 20% increase in graphics performance.
Being a “Plus” version, the Snapdragon 778G+ maintains the vast majority of the features of the base version, namely the Qualcomm Snapdragon X53 5G modem and the triple ISP Spectra 570L.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695
The Snapdragon 695 is the successor to the Snapdragon 690 and brings with it a multitude of advantages over the chip it replaces. The main highlight goes to the 5G connectivity now with support for mmWave network, with 5G speeds superior to the sub-6 of the Snapdragon 690.
The new processor guarantees 15% higher performance thanks to the Kryo 660 cores, as well as an Adreno 619 GPU that should outperform the Adreno 619L. The processor is manufactured using TSMC’s 6nm microarchitecture (as, by the way, are all four new models).
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680
The Snapdragon 680 is a new entry in Qualcomm’s 2021 lineup and combines some current elements with features that are no longer new. For starters, this is a 6nm microarchitecture processor, however using Kryo 265 cores, an Adreno 610 GPU and 4G connectivity.
This will presumably be the base processor for cheaper mid-range Android smartphones, and one of its advantages will be the triple ISP, which will guarantee smartphones better quality photos and videos captured by smartphones with this chipset.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480+
The most affordable of the four new processors is the Snapdragon 480+ and this will be the model to integrate cheaper smartphones. This model is an improved version of the Snapdragon 480, with some advantages in terms of performance, as its prime core now runs at 2.2 GHz and the GPU is also able to provide better graphics performance.
Thanks to the Snapdragon X51 modem, this affordable Qualcomm processor has access to 5G mmWave and sub-6 connectivity, as well as having access to an Adreno 619 graphics. Interestingly, the Snapdragon 480+ supports 1080p+ screens with a refresh rate of 120Hz, something that the Snapdragon 680 does not offer, being limited to a 90Hz refresh rate.
Among all four models, the two that aroused the most interest were, precisely, the Snapdragon 778G+ and 695 (by Xiaomi and OPPO, respectively), with Nokia focusing on the Snapdragon 480+ for its more models. affordable. It will be interesting to see which models will receive Qualcomm’s new processors and what MediaTek’s response to the new offer is.