Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 730 and 655 Chipsets

Qualcomm just announced two new chipsets for mid-range and upper mid-range phones. The Snapdragon 665 is an heir to the previously released Snapdragon 660 while the Snapdragon 730 and 730G are direct successors of the Snapdragon 710 chipset.

Phones featuring these chipsets will be unveiled sometime this summer. Let’s see what improvements these new chipsets will bring.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 665

This heir of Snapdragon 660 is an 8-core chipset built on an 11 nm process similar to its predecessor. However, it uses slower kryo 260 cores. A total of four cores are usedm based on the ARM Cortex-A73 microarchitecture. These kryo 260 cores can only go up to 2 GHz (boost) unlike the 2.2 GHz in Snapdragon 660. Moreover, these cores are on a 1.8 GHz base clock.

A major improvement is seen in the graphics dept as it supports the new Adreno 610 GPU and Hexagon 686 DSP with Vulkan 1.1 support. This chipset also supports up to a 48 MP camera with its Spectra 165 ISP.

We will see improved battery times and twice the speed on AI device processing. Higher download speeds up to 600 Mbps will be enabled with an X12 LTE modem as well.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 730

As compared to its successor, Snapdragon 710, we see massive improvements in Snapdragon 730. The CPU cores have been upgraded from kryo 360 to kryo 470 while keeping the clock speed similar to Snapdragon 710 i.e. 2.2 GHz. It is built on an 8 nm process, which will mean a more power efficient SoC.

GPU support includes an Adreno 618 GPU and a Hexagon 688 DSP with a tensor accelerator. It also includes an X15 LTE modem, Spectra 350 computer vision image signal processor and support for Wi-Fi 6.

The Spectra 350 ISP will allow the phones to be compatible with up to 38 MP sensors and enable 4K HDR video recording. Qualcomm has also released a Snapdragon 730G chipset which is a gaming-focused version that provides 15 percent higher performance than the Snapdragon 730.

As compared to snapdragon 730’s 1080p support, the 730G will support 1440p displays and 960 fps slow motion video. It also comes with a Jank reducer, anti-cheating extensions, and reduced Wi-Fi latency.

These chipsets will go into sale in mid-2019.