Qualcomm could be preparing another update to its silicon offerings this year with another move in the top of the mid-range.
Indian import-export database Zauba has taken in what looks to be a Qualcomm mobile applications chipset labeled MSM8976SG. The MSM8976 part number already is tied to the Snapdragon 652 (formerly the 620). Phone Arena suggests that the “SG” could stand for “second generation”.
Indeed, we see a speed bump with the top set of four cores running at a maximum of 2GHz (up from 1.8GHz) while the lower-speed one can run at 1.4GHz. There’s a 621MHz GPU. Like its existing analogue, it can power up to a quad HD resolution display and perform 2x20MHz carrier aggregation, but this puppy can support 8GB of RAM.
The price per unit on the lot in USD is about $51, just under the IHS-estimated cost of a Snapdragon 820 at $62. Given how margins might work out, Qualcomm will cut it close if we see this change go through.