Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 730, 730G and 665 mobile platforms, which the company says are focused on artificial intelligence, camera, performance and gaming. These chipsets are expected to be present in smartphones in mid-2019.
Snapdragon 730: More power and efficiency
The Snapdragon 730 SoC, which is an upgrade from the Snapdragon 710 Chipset, packs in twice the power of the latter. It is based on an 8nm manufacturing process and consists of 8x Kryo 470 CPUs. The chipset also has a Snapdragon X15 LTE modem that can theoretically deliver 800Mbps speeds.
The chipset features a Qualcomm Spectra 350 ISP that has a dedicated Computer Vision (CV) ISP to provide up to 4x overall power savings on certain tasks. The chipset also supports triple cameras with wide-angle, portrait, and telephoto lenses. In terms of graphics, the SoC is compatible with the Adreno 618 GPU and also includes Qualcomm’s adaptive audio and AQstic audio technologies.
Snapdragon 730G: a chip focused on games
This is one of the most exciting chipsets in the lineup. It’s more focused on gaming and has 15 percent faster graphics rendering than the Snapdragon 730 thanks to an overclocked Adreno 618 GPU. Qualcomm says its in-house studio collaborated with game makers to optimize the chipset for “a selection of the best games in the world.”
This chipset comes with a Jank Reducer feature that apparently reduces game jank or stutter by 90 percent in games running at 30 fps. The chipset also has better Wi-Fi management to provide a better online gaming experience. Camera enhancements include Cinemagraph, low-power voice activation, and HD slo-mo at 960fps.
We hope to see this chip in sub-20k smartphones, but again, a POCO F2 could redefine the segment.
Snapdragon 665: faster AI processing
The SD 665 platform features 8x Kryo 260 CPUs which have been divided into four performance cores and four efficiency cores. Snapdragon 665 features the X12 LTE modem that provides download speeds of up to 600Mbps.
In terms of AI, the SD 665 features the third-generation Qualcomm AI engine, said to be designed to deliver up to 2x faster on-device AI processing. The SoC is also compatible with the Adreno 610 GPU, which the company claims has been designed to deliver long-lasting gaming. There is also support for aptX Adaptive Audio and Qualcomm Aqstic.
In terms of optics, the SoC has the ISP Qualcomm Spectra 165 and supports a wide variety of functions, such as hybrid autofocus, video style transfer, optical zoom, and triple camera support for telephoto lenses, sensors. wide and ultra wide.
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