Qualcomm Announces New Mid-range Processors, Wearables Chips

Qualcomm may have missed the 64-bit wagon by some margin but it is keen to rectify on those mistakes with some pretty respectable offerings. Its latest Snapdragon 425, 435 and 625 are chips which will make for quite potent smartphones, while it also has a dedicated chip for wearables under its bag.

Qualcomm 425

So you start off the proceedings with the new Snapdragon 425, a 28nm chip with four Cortex A53 cores clocked at 1.4 Ghz, along with an Adreno 308 GPU. For connectivity, you get LTE up and down speeds of 75 and 150 Mbps respectively, as well as Wi-Fi 802.11ac. Displays of up to 1280 x 800 resolution are supported, which is all good for an entry-level phone.

Qualcomm 435

The next in line is the 435, which by contrast is a much potent chipset. It is built in the same 28nm procedure but instead comes with eight Cortex A53 cores clocked at 1.4 Ghz, alongside an Adreno 505 GPU which supports new APIs like Vulcan as well as GPU-accelerated computing. You get Cat.7 LTE up and down speeds of 150/300 Mbps, as well as support for 1080p displays.

Qualcomm 625

The most high-end in line is the new Snapdragon 625, which brings support for 24 MP cameras with dual ISP and 4K video, along with a 14nm process. Again, you get the Cat.7 LTE up and down speeds of 150/300 Mbps, but a better Adreno 506 GPU. 1920 x 1200 displays, USB 3.0, Quick Charge 3.0 are supported, and so is Wi-Fi ac. The chipset uses 35% lesser power than its predecessor, the relatively less-known 617 but this one can get popular really quickly in upcoming handsets.

Snapdragon 2100

Other than just the mobile stuff, Qualcomm also had a something for wearables. To replace the aging 400, Qualcomm has announced the new 2100 which brings features like always-on connectivity, low-power usage and smaller designs.

You get four Cortex A57 cores clocked at 1.7 Ghz, and have support for 640 x 480 displays at 60 Hz. To ameliorate the battery situation, you also get support for Quick Charge 2.0 as well for a faster boost in the middle of the day.

Said to bring 30% thinness in devices than before, the 2100 also uses 25 percent lesser power than before. It also includes an LTE model, along with Wi-Fi, NFC, GPS and low-power Bluetooth.