Qualcomm to release three mid-range chipsets in 2017

Qualcomm may be the talk of the town with its upcoming Snapdragon 835, but the company doesn't only rely on its high-end chipset to carry it through the year. The latest information from China's Weibo suggests that Qualcomm is also looking to maintain its stronghold with mid-range SoCs by introducing two successors to the Snapdragon 625, which currently powers popular budget-friendly handsets like the Moto Z Play and the Xiaomi Redmi 4.

The new SoCs will go by the names of Snapdragon 630 and Snapdragon 635 and are said to be enhanced versions of the Snapdragon 625. Both chipsets are said to use the same octa-core arrangement with eight Cortex-A53 processors that the Snapdragon 625 has, but will likely benefit from superior power management and heat reduction.

In addition, Qualcomm is also said to be in the process of developing a Snapdragon 660 chip which would be manufactured using the Samsung 14nm LPP (performance boosted) process. An octa-core arrangement will also be present here, but Qualcomm is likely to use a combination of the Cortex-A53 and A73 processors. The chip is expected to be revealed around September, and rumor has it that Chinese smartphone makers Xiaomi, OPPO and Vivo will make use of it in their upcoming handsets.

via AndroidGuys



1. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

If that's true with the 660 and it's octa core, won't it be way too close to the performance of 835 on CPU side? I personally think 2+4 big.little combination is the perfect for mid-high end chipsetsvand the 650 as well as the 808 show it well. The only issue with the 650 was the dated 28nm design and the 660 should fix that.

3. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

it will have lower clock (obviously, lol), and SD660 CPU performance will be "just below" SD835.. just like SD652 compared to SD820 last year..

12. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The SD 835 supports LPDDR4X 0.6 volt ram clocked at 2133 MHz. The 660 most likely will not support that type of ram or clock speed to the ram. Plus the SD 835 supports a number of channels. The 660 most likely will only support one channel to the ram. If you think ram is not an important part to feed a processor, then you really know nothing about SoCs or processors in general. Not to mention the LTE support is better on the 835, as well as a number of other features including the GPU.

13. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

as I said above "CPU PERFORMANCE" I'm not talking about RAM or overall performance and btw, please do some search first before make yourself looks stupid.. SD835 support LPDDR4X clocked at 1866MHzhttps://www.qualcomm.com/products/snapdragon/processors/835 and SD660 also support LPDDR4X at exact same clock 1866MHz,https://www.gizmochina.com/2017/02/11/xiaomi-reported-working-snapdragon-660-phone/.

8. kishore3k

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 11, 2016

Chances of kryo architecture in 660 to match 820 lower clocked version as 835 will be superior

10. Khyron

Posts: 402; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

What do you think about memory compression of IOS in this level Why does not android implement it ? Maybe a revamped version of zram with lz4 https://youtu.be/lCFpgknkqRE

11. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Depends on how Qualcomm clocks CPU frequency. And then there is dsp, gpu, memory & storage controller, multimedia codec support...and a lot more stuff to differentiate.

2. athos07m

Posts: 137; Member since: Apr 22, 2012

Oh boy, i'm ready for the water resistant Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 with SD660. That would be the ultimate phone for me. No flagship could offer anything more to my taste (AMOLED, MST are nice things to have, but no dealbreakers for me).

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

redmi note 5? is there already any rumor about it? redmi note 4 (snapdragon version) is just released not long ago :-/ redmi pro 2, is the one that will use SD660http://www.phonearena.com/news/Xiaomi-Redmi-Pro-2-images-and-specs-leak-4500-mAh-battery-6GB-of-RAM-for-premium-model_id90585

5. athos07m

Posts: 137; Member since: Apr 22, 2012

Indeed, there was a vague rumour about the Pro2, if what I'm expecting is called that, than Pro2 here I come. Also the first Pro was underwhelming to me, just an overclocked Note 4 with some kinks: less accurate Chinese Amoled display, not very useful dual camera, Type-C but with USB 2.0 - so I could've gone for the 3/32 Pro but instead went with the 3/64 Note 4 to which I have many cables already and has more storage for less. I actually hope the Pro 2 will be more distinct (and hopefully dangerously close as a package to the Mi 6 Plus).

7. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

A35 cores still non existent? Why is this?

9. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

I don't understand this either. I'd rather have a a73 and a35 combo on a SD.

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