Qualcomm intros new 400- and 600-series Snapdragon SoCs
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 may be the SoC that grabs the company most of its headlines these days, mired in controversy as it is. Luckily for Qualcomm, claims of overheating and sub-optimal performance are increasingly appearing to be overblown, and we find ourselves eagerly awaiting the launch of even more 810-powered hardware at MWC 2015 in a couple weeks. But high-end is just one fraction of the SoC market, and today Qualcomm revealed what’s coming next for its mid-range offerings, announcing four new SoCs for its Snapdragon 400 and Snapdragon 600 series.
Remember the ARM Cortex-A72 core we heard announced just a couple weeks back? Qualcomm will use the A72 for its new Snapdragon 618 and 620 SoCs. The 620 is an octa-core arrangement with four A72s and four A53s, while the 618 is a hexa-core chip which steps down to dual A72s. Qualcomm claims the chips will have “premium tier features previously only found in our Snapdragon 800 class products,” including LTE Cat 7 Carrier Aggregation with the help of X8 LTE modems, 4K video support, and compatibility with quad HD displays.
The Snapdragon 415 and 425 will both be octa-core chips: eight 64-bit A53 cores with an Adreno 405 GPU. The 415 runs at 1.4GHz and has an X5 LTE modem, while the 425 runs at 1.7GHz and gets the same higher-speed X8 modem as the new 600s.
It looks like the first of these guys to arrive will be the Snapdragon 415, due to start showing up in mobile devices sometime before the end of Q2. The 425, 618, and 620 will find themselves in phones a little further out, but should land before the end of the year.