Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon 616, 412 and 212 mobile processors
posted by Ben R. / Aug 10, 2015, 6:26 PM
While Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 is not quite ready for a big reveal, the company has shared details of several other, lower-end chips. The current Snapdragon 615, 410 and 210 have all been enhanced as part of the upgrade, one-upped by the new Snapdragon 616, 412 and 212 respectively. The improvements aren't all that much to write home about, with this being more of an evolutionary advance in line with the times, so if you're more interested in those more impressive gains, best hang fire for the 820.
The Snapdragon 616 -- the more powerful of this particular bunch -- is scarcely discernible from the current Snapdragon 615 on paper. The max clock speed of the little cluster hikes from 1 GHz to 1.2 GHz, but aside from that minor detail, it's essentially unchanged. The new Snapdragon 412 enjoys a clock speed bump to 1.4 GHz versus 1.2 GHz with the 410, while the Snapdragon 212 can reach a top clock speed of 1.3 GHz compared to the 1.1 GHz of the 210.
Here's a full run-down of the new specs:
Qualcomm hasn't revealed when the new chips will become available, but we should begin to see smartphones housing them by the turn of the year. The top-end Snapdragon 820, meanwhile, remains under wraps for the time being, and after all of the controversy that plagued the Snapdragon 810, Qualcomm seems keen to atone.
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I see the 6xx series becoming the new low-end soon
posted on Aug 10, 2015, 6:49 PM 1
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So what does the SD 412 and 212 cover? Is there something lower than low-end? The 612 to me is considered upper mid-range, the 412 is lower mid-range and the 212 is low-end.
posted on Aug 10, 2015, 7:22 PM 2
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No one is using and should use 200 series. 4xx is low range, 6xx is mid range and 8xx is high range. But give companies like motorola,LG,oneplus is selling their 808 based device moto x for $400, g4 for $480 and 810 based oneplus two for $329 onward, and micromax using 615 in low range priced device yureka plus for as low as $147. And samsung is selling flagship priced 615 based device A8. There is no fixed line of using particular SOC for particular range. That is just how qualcomm defines their SOC.
posted on Aug 10, 2015, 7:36 PM 2
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412 are at least still relevant when proper Android aarch64 build gets out. 212 imho is a total waste of everyone's time casual phone users included. We need to get rid of legacy Cortex A7 YESTERDAY because 412 can easily get down to about the same level for cost of entry.
posted on Aug 10, 2015, 10:38 PM 0
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i think snapdragon 600 was faster than this and 600 devices works smoother than 615
posted on Aug 11, 2015, 1:35 AM 0
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Get lost and Rip, you pos midrange and low end junk. You are a disgrace to Android. Android requires high end, not this junk. These are great for iOS Apple, which does not require a lot of resources.
posted on Aug 10, 2015, 8:13 PM 0
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212 is the low end junk and yes the rest are just literally a bunch of OC'ed current designs. Android does NOT quire high end processing but both better chip/hw optimizations + OEMs to get their coding s**t together. Actually older vers of iOS was "light" not the current one. Remember that since A6 (and this was their last 32 bit SoC) until now all run w/ what's arguably the world's best tweaked PowerVR GPU IPs to a point where you can't even see these replicated or used in competing SoCs.
posted on Aug 10, 2015, 10:50 PM 0
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