Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 695, 680, 778G+ and 480+ chipsets
Qualcomm’s announcement day on Tuesday brings good news for smartphone fans who love mid-range smarphones. Qualcomm has announced three 5G chips: the Snapdragon 480 Plus for basic models, the Snapdragon 695 for slightly more advanced units (this is the newest model), and finally the Snapdragon 778G Plus for phones approaching high-end lines.
Qualcomm gives the initial impression that 4G-focused versions have been left behind by releasing three 5G chips simultaneously. Even if that sounds like it, the Snapdragon 680, an intermediary chip that lacks 5G capabilities, will be paired with the trio.
Snapdragon 480 Plus
The basic model of these leads is, as the name implies, an enhanced version of the Snapdragon 480, which was unveiled in the first half of 2021. The Adreno 619 GPU and Kryo 460 octa-core CPU are both present in the Snapdragon 480 Plus.
As a result, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X51 modem, which includes 5G capability for mmWave and lower frequencies below 6 GHz, has been included(sub-6 GHz).
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The Snapdragon 480 Plus, in contrast to its predecessor, offers a CPU frequency range of 2 GHz to 2.2 GHz. In addition, Bluetooth support has been upgraded to version 5.2 from version 5.1.
The new chip is expected to help improve the supply of 5G-based phones because it is more affordable.
The Snapdragon 695 replaces the Snapdragon 690 in terms of as a successor. In light of this, the new model claims graphics and CPU performance increase by up to 30% and 15%, respectively. This is the chip which has got numerous upgrades, according to Qualcomm.
To begin with, the CPU in the chip is an eight-core Kryo 660, with a maximum clock that varies from 2 GHz to 2.2 GHz depending on workload. An additional feature is a powerful graphics processor called the Adreno 619, which is similar to Qualcomm’s flagship GPU, the Adreno 619L (also found in the Snapdragon 690).
Because of the Snapdragon 695’s inclusion of the Spectra 346T image signal processor (ISP), the phone may now have up to a 108-megapixel sensor or a triple of 13-megapixel sensors.
The Snapdragon X51 modem ensures compatibility with 5G networks by supporting mmWave and sub-6 GHz standards.
The Snapdragon 695 will be seen in upcoming devices from Oppo and Xiaomi, according to reports.
Snapdragon 778G Plus
The most powerful chipset out of the trio announced today is the Snapdragon 778G Plus.
We know this is an upgraded version of the Snapdragon 778G, which was launched in May and can be found in devices like the Motorola Edge 20. Hence the term “Plus.”
The Snapdragon 778G Plus adds almost nothing new to the table compared to its predecessor, perhaps because of the short time span between releases.
The octa-core Kryo 670 CPU still remains, as with the Adreno 642L GPU, the Snapdragon X53 5G modem, and the Hexagon 770 AI processor.
What’s the big deal now? The maximum CPU frequency has increased once more, this time by 25% to 2.5 GHz.
Xiaomi is one of the companies that has confirmed Snapdragon 778G Plus-based devices would be released in the near future.
Snapdragon 680, without 5G
The only processor in today’s announcement that does not support 5G is the Snapdragon 680, as you may have guessed. The Snapdragon X11 LTE modem is used in this variant.
Other features include an eight-core Kryo 265 CPU running at 2.4 GHz, a GPU Adreno 610, and an ISP Spectra 346 that supports up to three 13 + 13 + 5 megapixel cameras.