Snapdragon 670: Officially Announced by Qualcomm

Mid-range smartphones are now getting better because of the improved processors in them. The demand for these phones remains higher than the flagship ones around the world. Most of these devices feature Qualcomm's Snapdragon 600 series. This series is as critical as flagship 800 lineups for Qualcomm.

Snapdragon 670

In 2017, the company released both the Snapdragon 660 and 630 which unfortunately weren't featured in as many devices as Snapdragon 625/626, but are really influential in shaping the mid-range lineup. While,
 630 aimed at the lower half, the 660 aimed at the higher end of the midrange series of phones.

Recently Qualcomm announced the new Snapdragon 670, an upgrade to the already existing 660. Now the lineup looks something like this: 615, 617, 625 ,626, 630, 650, 652, 653, 632, 660, 670.

We will only compare the newer 670 with the 660 to find out which things have improved. 660 was already a beast in terms of performance in this series. So what makes 670 so special?

First things first, this is the first one in this segment to built on 10nm LPP process rather than 14nm. So this will make the chip more power efficient. It has 8 cores in total out of which two are A75 based cores, clocked up to 2.0GHz for higher performance, while the other six are A55 based cores, clocked up to 1.7GHz for efficiency. The company says we can expect up to 15% higher performance over the 660.

In the graphics department, it gets a higher Adreno 615 GPU. Qualcomm claims it can offer 25% faster graphics rendering than the Adreno 512 found in the Snapdragon 660. It can support up to FHD+ resolution displays.

Speaking of AI, with the Snapdragon 670 the company is bundling in the powerful Hexagon 685 DSP, which was part of Snapdragon 710 and 845. It’ll help with AI workloads by offering great compute capabilities at lower power consumption.

It can support a 25MP single camera or 16MP dual cameras. It also includes improved stabilization, active depth-sensing, noise-reduction, and super-resolution, as well as slow-motion video capture and 4K video recording at 30 fps.

For connectivity, it has 802.11ac 2×2 Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5, and the Snapdragon X12 LTE modem for 600Mbps down-link and 150Mbps up-link. It can support up to 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM and Quick Charge 4+ for fast charging.

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