Mid-range phones are getting AI with the new Snapdragon 670 chip

Mid-range phones are getting AI with the new Snapdragon 670 chip
Qualcomm just unveiled the new leader of its mid-tier, 600-series system on a chip – the Snapdragon 670.

The new chip will have eight Kryo 360 cores, six of them clocked at 1.7GHz and two at 2.0GHz. The performance of the CPU will be further boosted by Qualcomm’s Artificial Intelligence Engine, which aids functions like face unlock and bokeh effect on photos made with a single camera. According to the manufacturer, the overall package will offer “twice the performance” of its Snapdragon 660 chip.

The new generation also gets an Adreno 615 GPU, capable of delivering what Qualcomm calls “console-like gaming”. While that’s a bit vague, we should expect a significant improvement in performance on that front as well. 4K video playback and recording at 30fps is supported.

To power smartphone cameras, the Snapdragon 670 will have the Qualcomm Spectra 250 image signal processor that can support a single camera with up to a 25MP sensor or up to a 16MP dual camera. While the sensor support is no different from the 660’s, the new ISP will provide improved digital image stabilization and other nifty features.

Another upgrade comes from the QuickCharge4+ support (hint: the difference is the +), taking you from 0 to 50% battery in 15 minutes. According to Qualcomm, overall improvements in performance and power usage will deliver up to 30% more battery life for your device, compared to what it could have been with the Snapdragon 660.

On paper, the specs and features of the Snapdragon 670 are very similar to the higher-tiered Snapdragon 710. This means that with the Snapdragon 670, Qualcomm will allow smartphone manufacturers to give their clients some higher-end features on more affordable devices.

No smartphones with the Snapdragon 670 have been announced yet, but we expect to see it on the market before the end of the year.

source: Qualcomm via MSpowerUser

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9 Comments

1. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

I thought Qualcomm had decided to call 670 as 710.

4. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

They probably were, but just like how the fabs were turning out plenty of low bin 660 SOCs that got rebranded as the 636, there are plenty of low bin 710 SOCs that are being rebranded as the 670.

2. D34ever

Posts: 224; Member since: Jul 14, 2018

If only OEMs would start using this. Too many damn phones with SD 4xx. Doesn't seem like anyone cares about mid range phones anymore. They either go for broke by buying a "premium" phone or cheap out by getting a 3rd world phone (something with a SD 4xx).

3. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

625, 626, 630 and 636 are cheaper than 660. Factory costs of chineses brands are cheaper than other. Many local suppliers help too. Those phones with 65X series had almost same price of a flagship of previous year.

7. worldpeace

Posts: 3127; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Redmi note 3 pro use SD650, and it's $150 at launch, and as low as $100 right now.. It's on par with SD810 (minus the heat, lol), released a year before it. The only 2 "mid-ranger" that's worth to get is Mi A2 (SD660) for $250, and Mi 8 SE (SD710) for $350.. It's specs is good enough to be called mid-ranger, but still cheap enough to separate them with budget flagship like oneplus 6 and Mi 8

5. fyah_king unregistered

Sd 450= sd 625.

6. worldpeace

Posts: 3127; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Why whould they care if they can sell smartphone with low-end SD4xx or SD625/SD636 at mid-range price? (except xiaomi obviously)

8. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

So this SD670 is the successor to SD636(i see it this way) and SD710 to SD660,I'm impress by the improvements it will bring in midrange smartphones.This make sense since they can't introduce a successor to SD636 an inferior to last year SD660 so they make it on par with SD660 with slight more improvements and features pack similar to SD710 specs sheet.These have A75-A55 cortex,LPP 10nm process,new 600 series GPU and NPU as AI engine.Only missing lack of 5G modem network support on it.I doubt there will be another new processor successor to it with few new additions at the end of this year.SD660,SD630,625 will get discountined next year for SD670,SD770 to grab the midrange smartphones market and SD636 will be new SD625 in budget smartphones.

9. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

I don't want any successor to SD670 this year anymore like SD636 to SD630 a lower bin of SD660 as a high bin.Only want it to be support on 5G mulive module on it.

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