Qualcomm announces three new mid-range mobile processors with several improvements

Snapdragon 720G

"This is another step forward in our long-standing collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies, that allows us to deliver best-in-class technologies to our Mi Fans", said Jain.

Finally, we come to the Snapdragon 460. While we expect to see these new mobile processors to feature in phones all over the world, it seems that a major area of focus will be India, where Qualcomm says it'll be supporting 4G well into the future.

He added that for regions like India, 4G will stay a key technology for connectivity.

In addition to NavIC, these chipsets will also support the widely used GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) which includes USA's GPS (global positioning system), European Union's Galileo, Russia's GLONASS and China's BeiDou Navigation Satellite System for global coverage. Here is all you need to know about the new chipsets. "I am happy to share that we will be one of the first brands globally to launch a smartphone based on the new Snapdragon 720G". You get four Cortex-A73 performance cores, and four Cortex-A53 efficiency cores. It integrates a Snapdragon X11 LTE baseband (390Mbps), support for UFS 2.1 flash storage, LPDDR3 / LPDDR4X RAM, QC 3.0 fast charge, etc.

The Snapdragon 460 is the successor to the Snapdragon 450, so we should see this powering affordable phones in the $150 category. This chipset utilizes the same 11nm manufacturing process with 8 Kryo 240 cores and a max clock of 1.8GHz.

Qualcomm has included Spectra 340T ISP which enables 48-megapixel photo capture. On the connectivity side, you have Snapdragon X11 LTE modem with peak download speeds up to 390Mbps, and peak upload speeds up to 150Mbps.

The Snapdragon 662 sits in between the Snapdragon 660 and the Snapdragon 665. The Snapdragon 720G will be on devices to be sold this quarter.

The story here, though, sounds like it will be performance boosts. Qualcomm has also included latest gaming APIs and HDR video playback support. It also supports emmC and UFS 2.1 storage.

Meanwhile, the Snapdragon 662 offers advanced camera features such as support for triple cameras and night photography to phones using this processor. It has a new Hexagon 692 DSP and a new Spectra 350L image signal processor. Also shipping on the 720G is Qualcomm's 5th-gen AI engine and the X15 LTE modem, which supports 3-carrier aggregation, 4×4 MIMO and download speeds of up to 800Mbps.

Like the 720G, the 662 will support Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1, but it won't have quite the same mobile networking prowess as its bigger brother. It can charge the smartphone from empty to 50 percent in 15 minutes, and supports USB-PD too. These are the Snapdragon 460, Snapdragon 662 and gaming focussed Snapdragon 720G platforms. Similarly, devices powered by Snapdragon 460 and Snapdragon 662 SoC will make their way by the end of 2020.



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