American Multinational, Qualcomm Technologies launched three cutting edge processors in the Snapdragon 400 and Snapdragon 600 Series i.e. Snapdragon 427, Snapdragon 626 and Snapdragon 653, at its 5G Summit in Hong Kong.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 427 for entry level smartphones whereas Snapdragon 626 and Snapdragon 653 for mid-range smartphones.
The highlight of the new processors is the new Snapdragon 653 which comes with 8 GB RAM support. The 8 GB Ram smartphones are going to be real soon and that too with mid range processors.
- All above processors will come with Snapdragon X9 LTE Modem; which was previously reserved for only top series SoCs. Also, each processor supports Enhanced Voice Services (EVS) codec for VoLTE calls.
- They will now support Qualcomm’s Quick Charging 3.0; which offers four times faster charging compared to tradition charging.
- There is support for Dual Camera Setup for clear imaging; which was previously limited up to Snapdragon 800 series.
|Processor||Snapdragon 427||Snapdragon 626||Snapdragon 653|
|Display||1200 x 800, WXGA||1920 x 1200, WUXGA||2560 x 1600, WQXGA|
|Imaging||16 MP with Dual Camera Support||24 MP with Dual Camera Support||21MP with Dual Camera Support|
|CPU||4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.4GHz||8x Cortex-A53 @ 2.2 GHz||4x Cortex-A72 @ 1.95 GHz
4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.44 GHz
|GPU||Adreno 308||Adreno 506||Adreno 510|
|RAM||Upto 4GB RAM||Upto 4 GB RAM||Upto 8GB RAM|
|Modem||X9 LTE with 300 Mbps DL and 150 Mbps UL||X9 LTE with 300 Mbps DL and 150 Mbps UL||X9 LTE with 300 Mbps DL and 150 Mbps UL|
Snapdragon 427 offers similar features compared to Snapdragon 425 except one change i.e. Snapdragon 425 comes with X6 LTE Modem whereas Snapdragon 427 offers X9 LTE Modem.
According to Qualcomm, Snapdragon 626 offers 10% higher performance compared to Snapdragon 625 used in phones like Asus Zenfone 3. Snapdragon 626 also brings TruSignal Antenna Boost Technology which improves signal reception in congested areas.
Similarly, Snapdragon 653 is an upgrade over Snapdragon 652. Snapdragon 652 offered X8 LTE Modem while Snapdragon 653 comes with X9 LTE Modem. Also, in Snapdragon 653 Cortex A-72 CPU Cores boosted performance from 1.80 GHz to 1.95 GHz. Snapdragon 653 doubles addressable RAM from 4GB to 8 GB.
Alex Katouzian, Senior Vice President of Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies, said,
“It has always been Qualcomm Technologies’ strategy to introduce industry-leading features first at the premium Snapdragon 800 tier design point, and then scale these features into our other Snapdragon products. A great example of this strategy is the use of dual camera for capturing high quality photos that now range across our portfolio, including our 400 series mobile solution. Doing this allows our customers and smartphone developers to reach a broad subscriber base with advanced features and great end-user experiences.”
About the availability, Snapdragon 427 will make its appearance on the smartphones in early 2017 whereas Snapdragon 626 and Snapdragon 653 will hit the market before end of 2016. Good news is that we may see an 8 GB Ram smartphone by the end of this year.
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