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Qualcomm unveils the Snapdragon 415, 425, 618, and 620 chipsets: mid-rangers with top-tier features

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Qualcomm unveils the Snapdragon 415, 425, 618, and 620 chipsets: mid-rangers with top-tier features
Qualcomm, the leading manufacturer of mobile chips, just introduced four new SoCs - the Snapdragon 415, 425, 618, and 620. All of these are mostly mid-range ones, but Qualcomm has decided to implement some features inside that are much more likely to be found in its higher-tier chips. Let's examine the specs sheets of these silicon workhorses, shall we?

Snapdragon 415 | Snapdragon 425


For starters, the new additions to the Snapdragon 400 family line (the 415 and the 425), are octa-core chipsets, each of which comprises eight Cortex-A53 cores, based on a 28nm manufacturing process. This is definitely a first for the SD400 line, which has seen quad-core silicons at most until now. The Snapdragon 415 and 425 are both based on the ARMv8 architecture, which means that they are 64-bit - nice one, Qualcomm. Both of these chipsets come with two image signal processors (ISPs), which reportedly paves the way for better camera performance.

GPU-wise, the Snapdragon 415 and 425 ship with an Adreno 405 GPU. It supports display output of up to 1200 x 1920 pixels, allows hardware decoding of 1080p videos, and boasts support for DirectX 11.2 (provided that the powered handset is running Windows for phones). But what sets the Snapdragon 415 apart from the 425? Data transfer speeds. The SD415 comes with an X5 LTE one (up to 150Mbps download speed/50Mbps upload speed), while the SD425 flaunts an X8 LTE modem (beefier at 300Mbps maximum download speed; 100Mbps upload).

Snapdragon 618 | Snapdragon 620


Qualcomm unveils the Snapdragon 415, 425, 618, and 620 chipsets: mid-rangers with top-tier features

These two new representatives of the Snapdragon 600 line are the first Qualcomm chips to employ the brand-new Cortex-A72 cores, which we previewed a few days ago. As a refresher, ARM claimed that the Cortex-A72 processor delivers roughly twice the performance typical for the Cortex-A57 processors, which means that Qualcomm's newest chipsets can potentially run circles around the likes of the top-tier Snapdragon 805 and Snapdragon 810. But we digress.

The Snapdragon 618 is a 64-bit hexa-core chipset, which makes four Cortex-A53 cores sing in concert with two Cortex-A72 ones in a big.LITTLE ensemble. There's no exact word what the GPU in this new chip is; Qualcomm only claims that it's a next-gen Adreno unit. It's speculated that we might be dealing with a member of the upcoming Adreno 500 series. Whoa. The SD618paves the way for 4K video recording and hardware decoding. The chipset can power displays, the resolutions of which is no bigger than 1600 x 2560 pixels.

The Snapdragon 620, on the other hand, comes with eight cores – four Cortex-A72 ones and four Cortex-A53 ones, once again ticking under the big.LITTLE architecture. The rest of the specs are similar to the Snapdragon 618 – 2K internal display support, 4K recording and playback, as well as a next-gen Adreno graphics-crunching unit. Both of these chipsets also sport X8 LTE modems, which means that you can enjoy download speeds of up to 300Mbps and upload ones of no more than 100Mpbs. You can also pair these new chips with camera sensors that are no larger than 13MP in size.


Qualcomm's newest crop of systems-on-chip will all make an appearance sometimes in the second half of the year. Undoubtedly, they'll bring upcoming mid-range devices one step closer to their higher-spec'd flagship cousins.


source: Qualcomm via ArsTechnica

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posted on 18 Feb 2015, 07:42 2

1. wando77 (Posts: 808; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


I don't get it. You say that they are based on 28nm but the pics say A72 is 16nm

posted on 18 Feb 2015, 07:47 1

2. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8344; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


I see that too. I guess they don't have proof-readers

posted on 18 Feb 2015, 08:12 2

5. vurobega (Posts: 45; Member since: 16 Nov 2014)


read again... 28nm for SD415 and SD425....

posted on 18 Feb 2015, 08:37 1

10. itsjustJOH (Posts: 232; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)


The A53 cores for the 415/425. A72 is 16nm.

posted on 18 Feb 2015, 15:30

21. vincelongman (Posts: 4102; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Those pics are from ARM
Not Qualcomm

All these (415, 425, 618, 620) are still built on 28nm
The 820 is probably built on 14/16nm

posted on 18 Feb 2015, 08:02

3. vuyonc (Posts: 987; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Aaaaaaaaandddddd their current 64-bit processors haven't exactly been around for a long time. And no Krait successor. I know the end justifies the means but...no Krait successor, man ;(

posted on 18 Feb 2015, 11:13

17. may_czos (Posts: 712; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)


There will be Krait successor (Taipan) and it's going to be used in 810's successor called 820.

posted on 18 Feb 2015, 15:13

19. vincelongman (Posts: 4102; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Luckily that rumor is completely fake
http://www.phonearena.com/news/Qualcomm-late-2015-roadmap-leaks-out-14nm-FinFet-Snapdragon-820-surfaces-Taipan-Krait-successor-due_id65010
The 620 is completely wrong in the rumor
Rumor says Taipan cores whereas the actual 620 has A72 cores
There is no 616, 625, 629

The 620 has A72 cores, the 820 must have better cores
So the 820 does probably have 4 custom cores

But its not Taipan, "true octas" (i.e. having 8 of the same cores) have weak single core performance
There's no way Qualcomm will make a 820 with weaker single core performance than the 620

posted on 18 Feb 2015, 08:07

4. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3713; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Too many versions.

posted on 18 Feb 2015, 08:13 2

6. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


So basically:
- Snapdragon 415 is the Snapdragon 615 with equal clock speed for all cores (???)

- Snapdragon 425 is the Snapdragon 415 with faster LTE (should have called it the Snapdragon 420)

- Snapdragon 620 is the Snapdragon 810 with Cortex-A72 processors instead of Cortex-A57 (???)

- Snapdragon 618 is the hexa-core version of the Snapdragon 620

You're welcome :)

posted on 18 Feb 2015, 09:22 1

13. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


Snapdragon 618 is the successor of 808

posted on 18 Feb 2015, 08:21

7. Dorian (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Feb 2015)


Wondering what the new Adreno will be...

P.S. The clock speeds are mentioned in the official Qualcomm website.

posted on 18 Feb 2015, 10:16

16. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Considering that these Snapdragon 6xx SoCs are more powerful than the entire Snapdragon 8xx series, it's very likely that the Adreno 5xx GPUs will be used

posted on 18 Feb 2015, 08:32

8. UglyFrank (Posts: 1580; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Anyone got a link to the taipan roadmap article?

posted on 18 Feb 2015, 15:26

20. vincelongman (Posts: 4102; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Yes
But forgot Taipan
That rumor is completely fake
http://www.phonearena.com/news/Qualcomm-late-2015-roadmap-leaks-out-14nm-FinFet-Snapdragon-820-surfaces-Taipan-Krait-successor-due_id65010
The 620 is completely wrong in the rumor
Rumor says Taipan cores whereas the actual 620 has A72 cores
There is no 616, 625, 629

The 620 has A72 cores, the 820 must have better cores
So the 820 might have 4 custom cores
Or it might be the 620, but build on 14/16nm and clocked higher

But its not Taipan, "true octas" (i.e. having 8 of the same cores) have weak single core performance
There's no way Qualcomm will make a 820 with weaker single core performance than the 620

posted on 18 Feb 2015, 08:37

9. Suo.Eno (Posts: 480; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)


So they've announced 4 of 2 same numbered SoC series. Who wants to bet that they'll can 1 of each' least efficient bin that won't ever see the light of day anyways?

Anyone up for this SD610 Alcatel phone yo?
http://www.gsmarena.com/alcatel_6045_one_touch_leaks_with_a_64bit_snapdragon_610-news-11090.php

posted on 18 Feb 2015, 10:13

15. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


tbh I didn't know the Snapdragon 610 exists, but from the looks of its specs I think it'll join the Snapdragon 600 in the graveyard of forgotten SoCs

posted on 18 Feb 2015, 08:57

11. Gaurav008 (Posts: 328; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


So, when can we expect these chips in phones for the mass market?

posted on 18 Feb 2015, 09:23 2

14. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


In Q1 2016

posted on 18 Feb 2015, 08:57

12. Gaurav008 (Posts: 328; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


So, when can we expect these chips in phones for the mass market?

posted on 18 Feb 2015, 11:42

18. Settings (Posts: 1467; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


LOL! Didn't read! So many numbers.
In real life its just the same. Its still fast.
Tho battery life is one thing that can be noticed, anything else is just passive.

posted on 19 Feb 2015, 00:02

22. xondk (Posts: 1202; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


hmm you have to wonder how long it will be before you will be able to run your phone / or simply charge it faster then discharges, via solar power(edit: with panels on phone/in phone screen), when we reach that point then things are going to be very very interesting.

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