Affordable phones in 2018 could have high-resolution, Quad HD screens


Qualcomm is allegedly working on a new chip for mid-range phones in 2018, the Snapdragon 670, that will high-resolution Quad HD displays and dual cameras on phones that do not cost a fortune. The information comes from German blogger Roland Quandt, who has been able to source some very accurate information in the past.

The new Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 that is under development is said to come to replace the current Snapdragon 660. The Snapdragon 660 was what powers a lot of very popular devices in Asia - the Oppo R11 and R11s series, a few Vivo phones and the Xiaomi Mi Note 3 - but it is not a very popular solution for devices in the West.

The model name for the new Snapdragon 670 platform is SDM670 and the list of highlights includes support for:

  • 6 GB LPDDR4X RAM
  • 64 GB eMMC 5.1 flash storage
  • WQHD screen
  • 22,6 + 13 MP camera

While earlier Snapdragon 6xx series chips features octa-core designs, this new one is rumored to have a hexa-core design, with two big, Kryo 360 cores and four more power-efficient cores. It could also end up being built on Samsung's new 10nm manufacturing process. Keep in mind that this is all preliminary information, so do take it with the proverbial grain of salt until we hear something more substantial in terms of a proof.

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16 Comments

1. Boast_Rider

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

The higher end 6xx series (650+) is not meant for affordable phones. They are for premium midrangers. The affordable series is the 4xx and the lower end 6xx (625, 630 etc).

2. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Redmi note 3 pro with SD650 priced around $170 at launch.. upcoming Redmi Note 5 rumored to use SD660, for around $220-$250

7. Boast_Rider

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

That's because Xiaomi takes 0 profit from phones. Most other brands have phones priced more than 2x of Xiaomi for same specs.

12. daniyal_05

Posts: 93; Member since: Nov 15, 2017

I think we can all agree that iphoneX isn’t selling that wellhttps://www.macrumors.com/2017/12/22/iphone-x-sales-not-as-strong-as-expected/

13. daniyal_05

Posts: 93; Member since: Nov 15, 2017

Happy :)

16. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Lol... definitely a bot.

15. Guaire

Posts: 892; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

They are not doing charity. Their profit margins are thinner than most. It's not zero certainly. If Xiaomi would put Snapdragon 835 instead to 625 in Mi A1 it would rise the BOM cost maybe 35USD top. Snapdragon 660 would be even cheaper than that. They are not doing it because they are affraid of their own mid-range would cannibalize their flagships. If they are making zero money from their entire phone line it would have not matter either they are selling high-end phones or low-end phones, but they are carefully designed to avoid cannibalizing each other's sales.

9. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Yet some "premium" by price tag devices still won't even have up to 1080p screen in 2018...

10. Peacetoall unregistered

This is why I love android phones, because at some time you get to enjoy flagship specs at affordable price.

11. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

But all we will likely see will be $400+ phones with a snapdragon 670. At thatprice, one can get a flagship phone. SD 670 is meant for $300-400 phones and OEMs should not charge flagship prices for phones containing it.

14. Peacetoall unregistered

dude you don't say you clearly have apple logo as your profile pic

17. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

So? Judging a book by its cover??

18. Ralph.

Posts: 249; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

He is a Apple fanboy.

19. gamehead unregistered

great news.

20. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 456; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Hardly anything used the Snapdragon 660 and they're already moving on?

21. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 456; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

I don't even want quad HD, waste of battery life.

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