Qualcomm unveils three new mid-range Snapdragon processors with dual camera support
“It has always been Qualcomm Technologies’ strategy to introduce industry-leading features first at the premium Snapdragon 800 tier design point, and then scale these features into our other Snapdragon products.”
That statement, from the semiconductor giant’s senior vice president of product management, Alex Katouzian, accompanying today’s Snapdragon 653, 626 and 427 announcements, best describes what the three non-flagship chips bring to the table. Specifications previously exclusive to 800-series processors, that is.
As the name suggests, the Snapdragon 427 is the humblest silicon introduced today, and the lowest-end family member allowing for dual rear cam arrangements starting “early 2017.” Compared to the 425, the 427 delivers a presumably marginal CPU and GPU performance increase, but also picks up TruSignal technology for “unprecedented powerful antenna tuning for this high volume line of processor solutions.”
Then you have X9 LTE modem capabilities, with Cat 7 downlink speeds up to 300Mbps, and Cat 13 uplink peak velocity around the 150Mbps mark.
The Snapdragon 653 and 626 are themselves X9 LTE-equipped, the former standing out with 8GB RAM addressable memory support too, while the latter has TruSignal antenna boost going for it. These two will be commercially available by the end of this year as minor SD652 and 625 upgrades respectively.