Today, Qualcomm has unveiled three new chipsets that bring some high-end features to mid-range smartphones. 4K HDR video with a real-time depth of field at 60 fps, support for even more cameras and more gaming power, just to name a few.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730
The successor to the Snapdragon 710 comes with a whole new set of features. Thanks to its Computer Vision ISP, 4K HDR videos with depth of field at 60 frames per second with significantly lower power consumption and the implementation of three cameras are possible. Al task processing is expected to be twice as fast as its predecessor, allowing three-dimensional facial recognition and some new camera features.
The graphics chip used is an Adreno 618 with support for Vulkan 1.1. The Snapdragon 730 is based on a Kryo 470 CPU, which should be up to 35 percent faster than its predecessor. In addition to WiFi 6, the SoC uses an X15 LTE modem that allows speeds of up to 800 Mbps.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
The “G” stands for “gaming”, because the 730G achieves a 15 percent higher graphics performance compared to the standard 730. In addition, there are various software optimizations for smooth gaming, and a few adjustments to the image processing that allows 960 fps slow motion video in HD resolution.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
As a cheaper mid-range chip, the Snapdragon 665 is manufactured in an 11 nm process. Again, three cameras are supported, but 4K videos are limited to 30 fps. The calculation of depth of field and the 3D face recognition also work on this chipset. The integrated X12 LTE modem reaches speeds of up to 600 Mbit/s, WLAN is supported up to the latest standard WiFi 6.
Devices in which these chips are integrated should already be commercially available by mid-2019.