Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon 616, 412 and 212 mobile processors

Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon 616, 412 and 212 mobile processors
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

source: Qualcomm via AnandTech

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16 Comments

1. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

This was a waste of an announcement

2. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

I see the 6xx series becoming the new low-end soon

3. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

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.

4. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

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.

6. strawhat67

Posts: 66; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

28nm...come on Qualcomm

7. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

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.

16. ryanze

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

then 4xx is super low end, and 2xx is hyper low end

9. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The Snapdrsgon 415/425 will be OctaCore and have the Adreno 405 GPU so that is basically the same,

10. Shubham412302

Posts: 578; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

i think snapdragon 600 was faster than this and 600 devices works smoother than 615

14. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

I don't think so SD 600 was only quad core since i can recall and it's pretty old is like from 3 years ago.

5. -SIR-

Posts: 120; Member since: Aug 03, 2015

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.

8. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

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.

11. yourmom

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 21, 2015

212 can decode 1080p but 412 cannot ? interesting.. I guess it's a typo moto G can encode and decode 1080p with 410 somone should correct that

12. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

still using 28nm? i though 20nm is common by now, and 14/16nm is standart for high-end

13. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Just overclock the SD 615/410/210 and vola you have a brand new SD 616/412/212 now. Why should anyone really want them if they can overclock the previous Gen socs?

15. justttclassified

Posts: 37; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Seems to me like qualcomm is following Sammy's strategy of years back, cause I don't see any meaningful upgrade from the previous socs

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