Qualcomm unveils the Snapdragon 415, 425, 618, and 620 chipsets: mid-rangers with top-tier features

Qualcomm, the leading manufacturer of mobile chips, just introduced four new SoCs - the Snapdragon 415, 425, 618, and 620. All of these are mostly mid-range ones, but Qualcomm has decided to implement some features inside that are much more likely to be found in its higher-tier chips. Let's examine the specs sheets of these silicon workhorses, shall we?

Snapdragon 415 | Snapdragon 425


For starters, the new additions to the Snapdragon 400 family line (the 415 and the 425), are octa-core chipsets, each of which comprises eight Cortex-A53 cores, based on a 28nm manufacturing process. This is definitely a first for the SD400 line, which has seen quad-core silicons at most until now. The Snapdragon 415 and 425 are both based on the ARMv8 architecture, which means that they are 64-bit - nice one, Qualcomm. Both of these chipsets come with two image signal processors (ISPs), which reportedly paves the way for better camera performance.

GPU-wise, the Snapdragon 415 and 425 ship with an Adreno 405 GPU. It supports display output of up to 1200 x 1920 pixels, allows hardware decoding of 1080p videos, and boasts support for DirectX 11.2 (provided that the powered handset is running Windows for phones). But what sets the Snapdragon 415 apart from the 425? Data transfer speeds. The SD415 comes with an X5 LTE one (up to 150Mbps download speed/50Mbps upload speed), while the SD425 flaunts an X8 LTE modem (beefier at 300Mbps maximum download speed; 100Mbps upload).

Snapdragon 618 | Snapdragon 620



These two new representatives of the Snapdragon 600 line are the first Qualcomm chips to employ the brand-new Cortex-A72 cores, which we previewed a few days ago. As a refresher, ARM claimed that the Cortex-A72 processor delivers roughly twice the performance typical for the Cortex-A57 processors, which means that Qualcomm's newest chipsets can potentially run circles around the likes of the top-tier Snapdragon 805 and Snapdragon 810. But we digress.

The Snapdragon 618 is a 64-bit hexa-core chipset, which makes four Cortex-A53 cores sing in concert with two Cortex-A72 ones in a big.LITTLE ensemble. There's no exact word what the GPU in this new chip is; Qualcomm only claims that it's a next-gen Adreno unit. It's speculated that we might be dealing with a member of the upcoming Adreno 500 series. Whoa. The SD618paves the way for 4K video recording and hardware decoding. The chipset can power displays, the resolutions of which is no bigger than 1600 x 2560 pixels.

The Snapdragon 620, on the other hand, comes with eight cores – four Cortex-A72 ones and four Cortex-A53 ones, once again ticking under the big.LITTLE architecture. The rest of the specs are similar to the Snapdragon 618 – 2K internal display support, 4K recording and playback, as well as a next-gen Adreno graphics-crunching unit. Both of these chipsets also sport X8 LTE modems, which means that you can enjoy download speeds of up to 300Mbps and upload ones of no more than 100Mpbs. You can also pair these new chips with camera sensors that are no larger than 13MP in size.


Qualcomm's newest crop of systems-on-chip will all make an appearance sometimes in the second half of the year. Undoubtedly, they'll bring upcoming mid-range devices one step closer to their higher-spec'd flagship cousins.


source: Qualcomm via ArsTechnica

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22 Comments

1. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

I don't get it. You say that they are based on 28nm but the pics say A72 is 16nm

2. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I see that too. I guess they don't have proof-readers

5. vurobega

Posts: 45; Member since: Nov 16, 2014

read again... 28nm for SD415 and SD425....

10. itsjustJOH

Posts: 232; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

The A53 cores for the 415/425. A72 is 16nm.

21. vincelongman

Posts: 5758; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Those pics are from ARM Not Qualcomm All these (415, 425, 618, 620) are still built on 28nm The 820 is probably built on 14/16nm

3. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Aaaaaaaaandddddd their current 64-bit processors haven't exactly been around for a long time. And no Krait successor. I know the end justifies the means but...no Krait successor, man ;(

17. may_czos

Posts: 956; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

There will be Krait successor (Taipan) and it's going to be used in 810's successor called 820.

19. vincelongman

Posts: 5758; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Luckily that rumor is completely fakehttp://www.phonearena.com/news/Qualcomm-late-2015-roadmap-leaks-out-14nm-FinFet-Snapdragon-820-surfaces-Taipan-Krait-successor-due_id65010 The 620 is completely wrong in the rumor Rumor says Taipan cores whereas the actual 620 has A72 cores There is no 616, 625, 629 The 620 has A72 cores, the 820 must have better cores So the 820 does probably have 4 custom cores But its not Taipan, "true octas" (i.e. having 8 of the same cores) have weak single core performance There's no way Qualcomm will make a 820 with weaker single core performance than the 620

4. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Too many versions.

6. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

So basically: - Snapdragon 415 is the Snapdragon 615 with equal clock speed for all cores (???) - Snapdragon 425 is the Snapdragon 415 with faster LTE (should have called it the Snapdragon 420) - Snapdragon 620 is the Snapdragon 810 with Cortex-A72 processors instead of Cortex-A57 (???) - Snapdragon 618 is the hexa-core version of the Snapdragon 620 You're welcome :)

13. TyrionLannister unregistered

Snapdragon 618 is the successor of 808

7. Dorian

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 18, 2015

Wondering what the new Adreno will be... P.S. The clock speeds are mentioned in the official Qualcomm website.

16. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Considering that these Snapdragon 6xx SoCs are more powerful than the entire Snapdragon 8xx series, it's very likely that the Adreno 5xx GPUs will be used

8. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Anyone got a link to the taipan roadmap article?

20. vincelongman

Posts: 5758; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yes But forgot Taipan That rumor is completely fakehttp://www.phonearena.com/news/Qualcomm-late-2015-roadmap-leaks-out-14nm-FinFet-Snapdragon-820-surfaces-Taipan-Krait-successor-due_id65010 The 620 is completely wrong in the rumor Rumor says Taipan cores whereas the actual 620 has A72 cores There is no 616, 625, 629 The 620 has A72 cores, the 820 must have better cores So the 820 might have 4 custom cores Or it might be the 620, but build on 14/16nm and clocked higher But its not Taipan, "true octas" (i.e. having 8 of the same cores) have weak single core performance There's no way Qualcomm will make a 820 with weaker single core performance than the 620

9. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

So they've announced 4 of 2 same numbered SoC series. Who wants to bet that they'll can 1 of each' least efficient bin that won't ever see the light of day anyways? Anyone up for this SD610 Alcatel phone yo?http://www.gsmarena.com/alcatel_6045_one_touch_leaks_with_a_64bit_snapdragon_610-news-11090.php

15. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

tbh I didn't know the Snapdragon 610 exists, but from the looks of its specs I think it'll join the Snapdragon 600 in the graveyard of forgotten SoCs

11. Gaurav008

Posts: 328; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

So, when can we expect these chips in phones for the mass market?

14. TyrionLannister unregistered

In Q1 2016

12. Gaurav008

Posts: 328; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

So, when can we expect these chips in phones for the mass market?

18. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

LOL! Didn't read! So many numbers. In real life its just the same. Its still fast. Tho battery life is one thing that can be noticed, anything else is just passive.

22. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

hmm you have to wonder how long it will be before you will be able to run your phone / or simply charge it faster then discharges, via solar power(edit: with panels on phone/in phone screen), when we reach that point then things are going to be very very interesting.

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