Qualcomm intros trio of new SoCs with focus on power efficiency

We’re about to find ourselves positively inundated by announcements of new mobile hardware with MWC looming ever so close, but some companies just can’t wait until the big expo to share their latest news, and are already getting a head start with early launches. We just told you about one of Qualcomm’s newest SoCs, as the company announced its first such component made specifically for wearable hardware: the Snapdragon Wear 2100. But that’s just one piece of today’s Qualcomm news, and the company’s also got a trio of more traditional SoCs that it’s also launching: the Snapdragon 425, Snapdragon 435, and Snapdragon 625.

Let’s start with the flashiest option here, the Snapdragon 625: intended as a sequel to the Snapdragon 617, the 625 is all about stretching your device’s battery life. Compared to its predecessor, Qualcomm says we can expect power consumption that’s in the range of 35 percent lower. It also packs an upgraded Adreno 506 GPU. This is one chip that’s been on our radar for a long time, first surfacing in a leak over a year ago.

That idea of power efficiency extends to the Snapdragon 425, which should consume less juice than the Snapdragon 410 and 412 before it thanks to the addition of a low-power DSP. We also hear about a new Image Signal Processor to help with high-res photography.

Finally, there’s the Snapdragon 435, which you can think of as essentially the Snapdragon 430 from last year with a fancy new radio: in this case, one that brings support for high-speed Cat 7 X8 LTE.

Of course, all three support standard Snapdragon features like Qualcomm Quick Charge. Look for the first phones built around these new chips to start hitting the market sometime in the second half of the year – we wouldn’t be surprised to see more than a few such phones at IFA.

Source: Qualcomm

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