Continuing their quest to be the leading provider of SoC components for mobile handsets, Qualcomm revealed their new Snapdragon 700 series at MWC 2018 in Barcelona as the conference begins to wrap up.
This latest SoC series seeks to replace Qualcomm’s current poster boy in the mid-range segment, the Snapdragon 660 lineup.
So what does the Series 700 bring to the table? For starters, it brings two key features found in Qualcomm’s current roster of Snapdragon 800 lineup: faster AI, camera enhancements, and better power management. This signifies a movement to make high-end the new mid-range.
Using its advanced AI engine, the new Snapdragon 700 SoC is capable of doubling the performance of on-device AI computing versus the older Snapdragon 660. It does this by using new architecture in its core: a Hexagon Vector Processor, Adreno Visual Processing subsystem, and Kryo CPU. By utilizing the same Spectra ISP tech found on higher models, Qualcomm is bringing advanced image-capture features like slow-motion tech and advanced HDR capabilities to the lower-tiered 700 series. This should be good news to consumers as this will equate to better image processing performance and features in the mid-range market.
For better battery management, Quick Charge 4+ charges your smartphone up to 50% in just 15 minutes. Now that’s sweet. Overall, an estimated 30% improvement in power handling is expected from the new Snapdragon Series 700.
Qualcomm plans on shipping the new SoCs by the first half of 2018. I’m excited to see smartphone manufacturers produce new mid-range phones with near-flagship level capabilities. For now, it remains to be heard who will adopt the new processor first. Drop your thoughts below.
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