New Snapdragon 700-series unveiled, fusing premium features into the midrange

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.


source: Qualcomm

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12 Comments

1. UglyFrank

Posts: 2188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I dream this will allow less flagship sales to people who only take pictures/call/text but we know that's not true. I hate when I see a person with a top tier phone that's still got the stock wallpaper and barely any apps etc. (Inb4 someone says 'you can't tell someone how to spend their own money)

4. Boast_Rider

Posts: 531; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

That guy is me lol. I buy flagships for the camera and performance, not because I have a ton of apps installed. I currently only have 74 apps installed on my phone, 14 of which are system apps. Also, I majorly use my phone for call, emails, and browsing, along with a bit of social media, finance(bank, payments, investing etc). and consumption(documents, multimedia etc). You might be right to say that I don't NEED a flagship phone. But I disagree. With 10 heavy tabs open in chrome, most midrangers start to drop frames like crazy when I switch between tabs and apps quickly. Also, the camera and RAM is usually less in them. Even on my pretty optimized Oneplus 3 (fastest SD 820 phone), I can see the frames dropping when I quickly open a bunch of tabs in chrome and open one when others are still loading. It stutters like crazy, and that's due to lack of horsepower, not chrome being unoptimized. Imagine how bad a midranger will do. Just because someone does less stuff on their phones doesn't mean he doesn't need a flagship. He might do less stuff with more intensity than a so called power-user.

7. sgodsell

Posts: 6739; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Whoever wrote this article never noticed that the 600 range was already infringing on Snapdragon 800's for years now. The latest 660 already smokes a number of SD 8xx series SoCs. The latest 660 uses dual channel LPDDR4x 1866 MHz uses upto cat 13 LTE, wifi AC, Bluetooth 5, and it can support QHD 2650x1600 displays. The SD 670 supports Gigabit LTE, and triple 1866 MHz ram, and is faster than a SD 810. Plus it can sustain its speed without throttling down. As a matter of fact I wouldn't be surprised if the 670 was the new 700 series. Because the 670 was still to be released.

10. Boast_Rider

Posts: 531; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

And exactly how many phones have the 660? Yeah, exactly. The 6 is a very bad marketing point due to the weak chips (62x) having a bad name in terms of performance( they are very efficient). Not to mention the bad GPU. Yes, the 670 can be the new 700, and that would be awesome as that would more accurately depict the performance differential compared to the 625s of the world. Oh, and the 810 was a bad CPU even for 2015. In 2018, being better than 810 is expected.

11. sgodsell

Posts: 6739; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You clearly are here to troll. There is already a complete list of smartphones using the new 660. Just look below where I listed them. Sure many are unknown brands or are only available in China. But it takes time and more are going to use it. I don't know why you are saying the 660 has a bad GPU. If anything there is bad GPUs in Apples iPhones. Apple have yet to reach QHD resolutions, or the sustainability needed for VR and AR headsets with those really high resolution displays. As far as the SD 660 is concerned. It already supports and can sustain a QHD+ resolution display. The 670 or I guess now the 700 will be faster again compared to the 660. You talk like the SD 820 stutters like crazy. Yet it can drive things like Gear VR or Daydream VR as well. Not to mention sustainability with those high end graphics displays with even higher resolutions. So if you want to run hundreds of things at once and keep them all open simultaneously. Then I would expect things to not run smoothly. Clearly you are running a lot of apps in the background that are eating both memory and cpu resources. That is clearly giving with what you described. But you can continue to troll on every Android article, because that is what you do Boast_Rider.

8. worldpeace

Posts: 3092; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Yeah, but manufacturers wont release mid-ranger with this processor and high-end camera, because they know it'll damage their flagship's sales..

2. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1182; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Just use 600 series cpu with 800 series GPUs. Tbh, the only thing that is lackluster in the 600 series is the GPU department, if they add the same GPU from 800series. I personally would buy the 700series rather than the 800 series.

3. Pabliell

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

They won't do that since the CPU in S660 is almost as powerful as in S835. The GPU part is lacking, that's why it's cheaper. I just wish the new series becomes popular. Snapdragon 660 is nowhere to be found, even though it is pretty old.

9. sgodsell

Posts: 6739; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The 660 is in a number of smartphones already. They are in a lot of not well known brands. I think the 670 is going to be the new 700 series. That is my two cents on the matter. OPPO R11, OPPO R11 Plus, OPPO R11s, OPPO R11s Plus, Sharp Aquos S2, Asus Zenfone 4, Nokia 7 Plus, 360 N6 Pro, Gionee M7 Plus, Sharp Aquos R Compact, Vivo X20, Vivo X20 Plus, Vivo X20 Plus UD, Elephone U Pro, Smartisan Nut Pro 2, Xiaomi Mi Note 3

12. Pabliell

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

That's why I said it's nowhere to be found. The only one S660 device I can easily buy is Mi Note 3, soon Nokia 7 Plus will hopefully join it. That's it, no other mainstream manufacturer uses it.

5. athos07m

Posts: 137; Member since: Apr 22, 2012

Suspicious, that sd670 is still not announced. If it morphs into the 700 series, it will only get more expensive so much so, that not even Oppo will pay for it, leaving the sd640 as the best we can hope for in the midrange.

6. KingSam

Posts: 1346; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

I think this will allow $400-$500 flagships. It sucks that SD 630 phones are creeping up in the $450 mark. Case XA2 Ultra.

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