Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 chipset is all about bringing premium features to more mid-range phones

Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 chipset is all about bringing premium features to more mid-range phones
Until a year or so ago, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon smartphone processor lineups were fairly easy to understand. But then the 710 came to narrow the gap between the mid-range 6xx family and the flagship 8xx series.

While somewhat confusing at first, the 10 nm-based SoC with a powerful octa-core CPU, blazing fast LTE modem, and advanced built-in AI capabilities for non-flagship handsets quickly made a lot of people excited for a prospective wave of impressive mid-rangers with reasonable price points.

Unfortunately, Snapdragon 710 phones remain almost non-existent on the Western Hemisphere, while elsewhere the Nokia 8.1 and Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro (2019) are probably the most prominent members of this upper mid-end club.

Despite the mobile platform’s unusually slow adoption, a sequel is already here, fittingly dubbed Snapdragon 712. This was discreetly announced yesterday as a (very) minor upgrade of 2018’s Snapdragon 710.

The two processors are nearly identical, sharing everything from a 10-nanometer architecture to an Adreno 616 GPU, Snapdragon X15 LTE modem for up to 800 Mbps download speeds and 150 Mbps upload capacity, a Spectra 250 image signal processor with support for up to 20MP dual cameras or a 32MP single shooter, and a multicore AI Engine.

The biggest difference is the eight Kryo 360 CPU cores are now clocked at a maximum speed of 2.3 GHz, up from 2.2 on the Snapdragon 710, which offers the Snapdragon 712 a modest 10 percent or so increase in raw performance.

Other minor tweaks include a bump from Quick Charge 4 to Quick Charge 4+ capabilities for a subtle increase in charging velocity, as well as the addition of proprietary TrueWireless Stereo Plus and Broadcast Audio technologies for Bluetooth audio performance enhancements.

Basically, the reason this largely rehashed Snapdragon 712 SoC is a thing seems to be encouraging device manufacturers to bring “premium features to more devices.” Hopefully, adoption of 7xx chips will ramp up soon enough, possibly starting with the Pixel 3 Lite XL.

After all, both the Snapdragon 710 and 712 can flex their muscles to deliver “console-like” gaming prowess, “cinematic movie experiences”, and perhaps most importantly, stellar battery life optimizations. Who wouldn't want all that in a $500 or even $400 phone?



1. Cat97

Posts: 1890; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

"Who wouldn't want all that in a $500 or even $400 phone?" You can already have all that in a OnePlus or Pocophone.

3. worldpeace

Posts: 3133; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

More like $300 phone if it's from Xiaomi (Mi8SE use SD710 last year)

2. Greenmule

Posts: 129; Member since: Apr 24, 2017

It would be nice to see a more powerful CPU like this appear in the new replacement for the Samsung Active series. There are tens of millions of people who "work outside" but aren't construction workers who would like a decent looking, but highly durable phone with power. I need a basic selfie, good rear camera, and a polycarbonate or graphite back and LTE speed with a powerful modem that finds and locks. Something like my old Nokia 6310i...bring it on.

4. Techzalot

Posts: 24; Member since: Dec 19, 2018

A 100 Mhz increase from 2.2 Ghz is less than a 5% increase... far from the claimed 10%...

6. AbhiD

Posts: 801; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

It's less than 10% in MHz terms, not in actual performance gains. Performance gain Vs Mhz frequency gain curve isn't linear. Only actual benchmark results can tell how much performance gains arrived with what frequency increase.

7. AmashAziz

Posts: 2921; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I think it's quite linear. If two processors are EXACTLY the same, but one's running at 2.0GHz, and the other at 2.2, then the second one should be exactly 10% faster. Remember the Sd 625 and 626? Qualcomm said the 626 is 10% faster coz it was running at 2.2GHz while the 625 runs at 2.0. There's ur proof.

5. emitchell4luv

Posts: 24; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

And some manufacture put such chip on mid-range phone for the price of flagship phone.....eg ?

8. AmashAziz

Posts: 2921; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Samsung, sony, lg.

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