Qualcomm is having a big day of announcements. The company just announced its Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor for wearables, and now it’s shifting things back to smartphones with the introduction of three new processors. These include the Snapdragon 625, 435 and 425, and we’ll begin by looking at the higher-end Snapdragon 625 processor.
While not Qualcomm’s highest-end processor, the Snapdragon 625 will fit the bill nicely for those phones that hover between mid-range and high-end. The new Snapdragon 625 features 35% less power consumption than the Snapdragon 617, meaning that battery life will greatly improve. Other highlights include improved image quality and GPU performance.
Next up is the Snapdragon 435, which packs only one change over the existing Snapdragon 430 processor. This updated version packs in Qualcomm’s X8 LTE modem, offering the first Cat 7 LTE speeds within the 400 series of processors.
Lastly, there’s the Snapdragon 425. This processor is designed for lower-end mid-range phones, offering faster LTE speeds with the X6 LTE modem and improved battery life with a dedicated Hexagon digital signal processor. It also offers dual ISP support, allowing for camera resolutions up to 16-megapixels.
All of these new processors look to be solid updates to their predecessors. There’s nothing game-changing here, but that’s not always necessary, as it’s just as important for innovation to steadily evolve and improve, which is exactly what Qualcomm is doing with these updates.
It shouldn’t be long before we begin see these processors within new devices.