Qualcomm has introduced four new mobile Snapdragon processors that aim to provide more power for mid-range devices. The Snapdragon 618 and 620 are the first two of the group. They both feature Cat. 7 LTE support, dual image signal processors for more powerful camera support, 4K recording abilities, 2K playback abilities and FLAC support for top-tier audio. Inside, they feature ARM Cortex A72 CPUs and a new Adreno GPU to provide plenty of power. The Snapdragon 620 has eight cores (four 1.8GHz cores and four 1.2GHz cores) while the Snapdragon 618 has six cores (two 1.8GHz cores and four 1.2GHz cores). The two processors, however, share all of the same capabilities.
The other two processors are the Snapdragon 425 and Snapdragon 415, which are less similar than the 600 series of devices. The Snapdragon 425 features Cat. 7 LTE support, dual image signal processors and a Qualcomm Hexagon application DSP that will enable low-power tasks without waking up the cores. Translation: Qualcomm Hexagon will give you better battery life. The Snapdragon 425 features eight Cortex A53 cores running at 1.7GHz.
The Snapdragon 415 is the most affordable of the bunch, designed to be a replacement for the award-winning Snapdragon 410 processor. The Snapdragon 410 features Cat. 4 LTE support, 64-bit architecture and support for displays of up to 720p. The Snapdragon 415 holds eight Cortex A53 cores all running at 1.4GHz.
Qualcomm’s new processors are aimed at providing better experiences for entry-level and mid-range phones, which is a big task that has to start at a fundamental level such as the processor. With support for more premium capabilities, these new Snapdragon processors will likely help to bolster the budget Android market, which has long been a sore spot for the OS.