Qualcomm to introduce Snapdragon 660 SoC on May 9th?

Qualcomm to introduce Snapdragon 660 SoC on May 9th?
According to a report out of China, Qualcomm will introduce a new chipset on May 9th. Called the Snapdragon 660, the SoC is built using the 14nm process and should find its way inside mid-to-high-end handsets. According to recent speculation, the chip will power the new dual-camera Samsung Galaxy C handset we told you about yesterday. Other phones that are rumored to employ the Snapdragon 660 include the Xiaomi Redmi Pro 2, Xiaomi Mi Max 2, Oppo R11, Vivo X9s Plus and the Nokia 7 and Nokia 8.

For heavy duty tasks, the Snapdragon 660 chipset will count on four Cortex-A73 cores running at a clock speed of 2.3GHz. For light housekeeping, there are four Cortex-A53 cores running at a clock speed of 1.9GHz. The SoC carries the Adreno 512 GPU, and the X10 LTE modem is included as is support for Quick Charge 4.0. The Snapdragon 660 chipset is equipped with two channels for LPDDR4X 1866 MHz RAM, and it also can handle UFS 2.1 flash memory.

Qualcomm's current high-end chipset is the Snapdragon 835. Built using the 10nm process, this SoC can be found inside the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Samsung Galaxy S8+. It also is rumored to be under the hood of the upcoming HTC U 11, and the unannounced OnePlus 5.

source: Anzhuo (translated) via Playfuldroid

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21 Comments

1. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

This will also come to Xperia X Ultra as said by the leaks.

5. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Wha...? Sony is still around...? Are you sure you're not jesting around...? Says the Jester, Ha! Sorry about that mate... I'm just surprised to see someone so enthusiastic about Sony...! No offense, mate... G'Day!

6. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I was wondering how you find my comment enthusiastic?

10. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

It goes without saying nowadays, my friend... Or at least that's what I thought... Forget what I said, mate... No one cares about old farts and what they've to say...! #UglyTruth Ah... Oh well, eh? G'Day!

13. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Whatever floats your boat.

2. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

What happened to 8 cores huh?

4. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

It is eight cores: 4 ARM-53 cores and 4 ARM-73 cores.

7. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

If you mean a "TRUE" octa-core and not a "bigLITTLE" architecture then... Well, Mediatek still use 'true' octa cores; so does Huawei with some of its Kirin Chipsets (I think)... But (Comma) there's no point in a true octa-core configuration with same clock frequency all across the board, specially in a high clocked SoC... The battery life would be pitiful, for starters... There's no point in all cores humming and singing along, screaming at their full potential; just so you can check your E-Mail or send a text, set an alarm or perhaps, or perhaps just aimlessly stare at that big, shiny screen with a zillion of pixels merely to avoid awkward social confrontations...! Even Apple (sorry to drag Apple in a non-Apple article) has realized this and the newest (albeit old looking, can't help myself) iPhone 7 has a bigLITTLE architecture and isn't a true Quad-Core...! In fact, it can't even activate both of its clusters simultaneously... And in case you're wondering; my brain might be old, but its not obsolete...! Oh well, eh? G'Day!

16. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Mediatek and Huawei's octa-core are also big.LITTLE octa cores now No one uses a 'true' octa core (excluding desktops of course)

19. sgodsell

Posts: 7166; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The difference between Apples quad core and Qualcomms SoCs, is Qualcomms can use both cores simultaneously. In other words, all 8 cores can run at the same time. Apples can't.

3. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

It's weird that I honestly look forward more to the releases of more Snapdragon 600 series processors than even the high-end 800 series. I think it's just a mixture of the value the chipsets bring, the problems that are encountered with the 800 series such as overheating, and the fact that we've reached a point in software optimization that you can run the latest and greatest OS builds smoothly on even the lowest end of processors. I feel like there are quite a few important releases happening this year that are running on a Snapdragon 600 series chipset.

17. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Yes, like the Nokia 7. I have to compare that to the OnePlus 5, but I think the OnePlus 5 will be qhd AMOLED (which I prefer a little less than an iPhone quality 1080p IPS panel) and will use a dual camera configuration instead of focusing on one sensor (pun intended). I would also prefer the 600 series as it'll be on the mature 14nm LPP and it'll have stock ARM cores without any of Qualcomm's butchering to the CPU microarchitecture to get higher benchmarks at the expense of sustained performance and battery life. Qualcomm GPU is good, and 600 series GPUs have great battery.

20. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Funny SD835 sustained performance is better than any soc in its categorie but okay..

21. Lumia_Luigi

Posts: 173; Member since: Mar 22, 2017

Looking forward to the Nokia 7/8 myself. The 660 seems like more than enough for me, plus it has better pricing.

8. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

It's certainly sad that they're shying away from the new Cortex-A30... The A53 is more of a successor of The A9, whereas The A30 is more comparable to the highly popular A7... 64-Bit, slightly faster and even more EFFICIENT...!!! And on a 14nm architecture (and a sizable battery); I'm positive that a low clocked A30 quad-core cluster would see past 3 days...!

9. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

You mean cortex-A35 ?

11. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Aye, A-35... Sorry about that, my friend... Guess I'm obsolete, after all...! I'd drink to that...! G'Day!

12. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I think you mean A35, which the only manufacturer I know that is using it in their processors for smartphones is MediaTek. The Helio X30 is supposed to have 2 A73 cores, 4 A53 cores, and 4 A35 cores. I've yet to see a processor combine the A73 with the A35 without the A53 acting as a middleman between the two. I think it's because the performance difference between the A73 and the A35 is so large that you would notice the hiccups when switching from A35 to A73 processing. So, the A53 acts as a middleman to help make the transition smoother.

14. combatmedic870

Posts: 984; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

I suppose that does make since Dr Phil. I always wondered why they never used them. I guess that would be a good reason. Perhaps an A73x4, a53x2, a35x2 would be a good compromise and be more efficient.

15. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Waiting for the successor of the Snapdragon 620. No other SoC currently of the market matches it's efficiency!

18. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

You mean 625? I'd like to see this as well, except that the 14nm 660 series will be able to approximate its efficiency so that the 625 successor would need to use high clocked ART cores as the little cluster and a new, high efficiency configuration for the adreno GPU.

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