Qualcomm’s latest brings better photography, gaming and more

If you’ve not heard of Qualcomm, in simple terms it’s the company with the hardware that power most of our smartphones today. While Qualcomm has been highly touted for its current flagship Snapdragon 835 processor, the corporation also gained plaudits for last year’s Snapdragon 625 and 652, which were primarily aimed at mid-range devices. Today, Qualcomm has released the follow-ups to those processors: the Snapdragon 630 and 660.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 and 660

“With the introduction of the Snapdragon 660 and 630 mobile platforms, we are thrilled that features such as improved image quality and fast LTE speeds will now be available in a wide array of devices without sacrificing performance or quality,” said Kedar Kondap, Vice-President of Product Management at Qualcomm.

Specifications

To break it down, the company stresses on seven major updates in the 630 and 660 chipsets.

  • Camera: The Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 and 660 will enable better photography thanks to the chipmaker’s Spectra 160 premium camera ISP, which improves power efficiency, low-light performance, bokeh effects, video stabilisation and more.
  • Audio/Video: The Qualcomm Hexagon 680 DSP will help enable better audio and video processing.
  • Connectivity: Both the 630 and 660 will feature a Snapdragon X12 LTE modem, which will not only enable higher speeds but will also be 60 per cent lower on power consumption while downloading compared to the Snapdragon 652. Both platforms also feature Bluetooth 5 support, which doubles the amount of data that devices can transfer compared to the previous iteration.
  • CPU and GPU: The Snapdragon 660 mobile platform is the successor to the Snapdragon 653 and provides a 20 per cent improvement in the Qualcomm Kryo 260 CPU and 30 per cent improvement in the Qualcomm Adreno 512 GPU performance. The Snapdragon 630, which succeeds the Snapdragon 625, offers a 30 per cent increase in the Adreno 508 GPU performance over its predecessor, as well as a 10 per cent increase in CPU performance.
  • Battery and charging: The Snapdragon 630 and 630 will feature Qualcomm Quick Charge 4, which allows the device to charge to 50 per cent in just 15 minutes. They’re optimised for better battery life too.
  • Security: The chipsets will support Qualcomm Mobile Security too.
  • Machine learning: We all know machine learning is being integrated into our devices with companies such as Huawei making big strides for the same. The new Snapdragons will support the same too using the Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine SDK.

How these processors will perform will depend on how these manufacturers (OEMs) end up using them. Until then, we’re just glad there’s so much on offer for mid-range devices too.

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