Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 660 and Snapdragon 630 SoCs Mobile Platforms Launched!


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We’re just beginning to see phones with Qualcomm’s latest and greatest Snapdragon 835 SoC in them, but these days you don’t need to buy the best, fastest chip to get a decent phone. The new Snapdragon 660 and 630 are midrange chips that balance useful features with a lower price, Qualcomm has introduced Snapdragon 660 and 630 mobile platforms, designed to improve performance, enhance photography and gaming as well as provide longer battery life in smartphones.


Qualcomm Snapdragon 630


Qualcomm Snapdragon 660

Let’s start with the improvements shared by both chips. Here’s a closer look at the technologies the two platforms share, along with a few that are exclusive to each:

Brilliant, intelligent photos and videos:

The two platforms’ camera capabilities can help turn anyone’s photo skills up a notch. With the Snapdragon 660 and 630, customers can get:

The 14-bit Qualcomm Spectra 160 ISP supports cameras that capture up to 24 megapixels single ISP images with zero shutter lag. Spectra is also designed to deliver smooth zoom, lightning-fast autofocus, and true-to-life colors for vivid photos.

4K video capture and playback is integrated, so users can record high-definition videos at 30 frames per second, straight from the device.

The chips diverge from there. The 660 includes better CPU cores based on the “Kryo 260” architecture—there are four “performance” cores running at 2.2GHz and four “efficiency” cores running at 1.8GHz. It also has an Adreno 512 GPU that’s “up to” 30 percent faster than the Snapdragon 653’s Adreno 510, though both support the same basic APIs and capabilities and the same maximum display resolution of 2560×1600.





High-def multimedia experiences:

Capturing a great photo means little if a device’s display isn’t up to par. The Snapdragon 660 and 630 combines the following for a scintillating visual and audio experience:

Qualcomm EcoPix display technology is designed to allow easy viewing even in harsh sunlight.

Improved Qualcomm TruPalette technology is made to display accurate colors that match what you see in “real life” with what’s seen on screen.

The Qualcomm Aqstic audio codec is engineered to deliver Hi-Fi audio — quality fit for recording studios — on the go. It supports up to 192-kHz/24-bit playback, with extremely low distortion and high dynamic range.

Fast, consistent connections:

The Snapdragon 660 and 630 platforms both possess multiple connectivity features, all working together to support a consistent data and voice experience, including:

A Qualcomm Snapdragon X12 LTE modem, a first for 600-tier processors, supports download speeds of up to 600 Mbps

An advanced RF Front End support, which includes TruSignal adaptive antenna technology with carrier aggregation, is designed to optimize signal quality, so you can use your phone in even the most remote places

Support for Bluetooth 5 which can double a device’s transfer speed and quadruple its Bluetooth range

A new and powerful location engine with support for new constellations, engineered for fast location fix, enhancements to support mandatory emergency service requirements, and smooth pedestrian navigation.


Upgrades in power and performance:

A myriad of technologies integrated in the Snapdragon 660 and 630 work together to not only stretch battery life, but also optimize a device’s performance. The platforms include:

Qualcomm All-Ways Aware technology, a sensor hub engineered to continually collect data without gobbling up battery life. The hub collects and processes information, allowing devices to track location, sense motion, and predict behavior.

Qualcomm Quick Charge 4 is designed for up-to 20 percent faster and 30 percent more efficient than its predecessor. Five minutes of charging can power 5 hours of talk time; 15 minutes of charging can bring a phone’s battery up 50 percent.

Both mobile platforms’ GPU and CPU offer a step up in performance compared to their older counterparts. The Snapdragon 660’s CPU and GPU have also been upgraded. The platform’s Kryo 260 CPU, an octa-core configuration, is designed to contribute to an overall 20 percent improvement in performance over the Snapdragon 653. A Qualcomm Adreno 512 GPU is designed to offer up to a 30 percent improvement in performance compared to the previous generation, the Adreno 510 GPU.


The Snapdragon 630 platform is outfitted with the Adreno 508 GPU, engineered to support lifelike visuals, efficient rendering for 3D graphics, and an up-to 30 percent improvement in performance compared to the Adreno 506 GPU. Its eight-core CPU is engineered to perform 10 percent better than the Snapdragon 625 processor.

Qualcomm says the 630 should provide up to 10 percent better CPU performance than the 626, despite the fact that both use eight ARM Cortex A53 cores running at up to 2.2GHz; since the new chip is built on a newer manufacturing process, it’s possible that the increase is coming from reduced throttling or increased memory bandwidth rather than any other improvements. The chip’s Adreno 508 GPU promises 30 percent better GPU performance than the older Adreno 506, but its maximum display resolution stays at 1080p (more than good enough for midrange and budget phones, as we’ve seen with things like the Moto G5).

When These Processors Will Be Available?

The Snapdragon 660 is available now, and devices that use it are expected to ship this quarter; the Snapdragon 630 will be available at the end of May, and devices are expected next quarter. Both chips are pin- and software-compatible, so it ought to be easy for OEMs to use them interchangeably in the same design to serve different parts of the midrange phone market.

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