Heads up, spec hounds, because Qualcomm has announced some new members of its Snapdragon family of processors.
Qualcomm today introduced four new Snapdragon processors that have features that’ve trickled down from the 800 class of chipsets. The first two are the Snapdragon 620 and 618, which include support for Qualcomm’s integrated X8 LTE modem that offers LTE download speeds up to 300Mbps and uploads up to 100Mbps. They also offer dual image signal processor support, and high-quality FLAC audio support.
The Snapdragon 620 is a 64-bit octa-core processor with four 1.8GHz ARM Cortex A72 cores and four 1.4GHz A53 cores, an updated Adreno GPU, 4K Ultra HD video capture and playback, and support for 2K display resolution. The Snapdragon 618 is a hexa-core version of the Snapdragon 620.
The Snapdragon 425 features the same X8 LTE modem as its 600 series siblings as well as enhanced photo processing, dual image signal processor support, and a Qualcomm Hexagon application DSP that’ll handle low-power tasks without turning on its CPU cores, which can lead to improved battery life. The 425's got a 64-bit octa-core ARM Cortex A53 CPU and an Adreno 405 GPY.
Finally, the Snapdragon 415 is a 64-bit octa-core processor that includes a ARM Cortex A53 at up to 1.4GHz, an Adreno 405 GPU, Cat 4 LTE for speeds up to 150Mbps, and support for 720p display resolutions.
While folks that are all about high-end smartphones may not have much to get excited about with today’s announcement, Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon chips will be great for consumers that prefer mid-range and and lower-end hardware because it’ll bring more feature-packed devices with goodies that were previously found in high-end Snapdragon 800 series products. And hey, high-end fans have a bunch of Snapdragon 810 devices to look forward to.
Qualcomm says that devices with the new Snapdragon 620, 618, 425, and 418 processors will be available starting in the second half of 2015.
Qualcomm also announced some new Snapdragon LTE modems and modem classes.