New Snapdragon 700-series unveiled, fusing premium features into the midrange
Qualcomm just took us for surprise at the MWC 2018 expo booth, and announced its newest Snapdragon 700 system-on-a-chip. The SoC brings many of the features that the flagship 800-series commands downmarket, such as 2x faster on-device AI, compared to the current cream of the midrange crop, the Snapdragon 660.
The new 700-series will also bring the excellent Qualcomm Spectra camera ISP to the midrange, complete with slow-motion and real-time HDR shenanigans, all things that used to be reserved for the premium tier. In addition, it will be made on a lower production node than the 660, and Qualcomm promises 30% better power efficiency, and, since Snapdragon 700 chipsets will support the latest Quick Charge 4+ standard, phones that unlock this tech could be charged 50% in 15 minutes or so. Last but not least, the latest LTE modems, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity will also be folded in, so we can't wait for more details and first Snapdragon 700 benchmarks to pop up.
Qualcomm says that its brand new 700-series is already sampling with customers, and will be shipping to them in the first half of the year, so we can expect some pretty powerful upper midrangers with frugal battery demands to land during the summer and fall seasons.