High-end smartphones are where the profit is for manufacturers, but the low-end market still matters. Qualcomm is addressing that market with the release of the Snapdragon 660 and 630 that includes major upgrades over their predecessors.
Among the notable improvements, the new processors feature the X12 LTE modem found in the high-end Snapdragon 820. This marks the first time a 600-series supports 600mbps download speeds. The 660 and 630 also include support for Bluetooth 5 and up to 8GB of RAM on smartphones, two notable missing features over the previous 628 and 625 processors.
The new processors also have new functionality to support dual-cameras. The 660 supports 16MP plus 16MP camera systems while the 630 supports 13MP plus 13MP systems. Then there’s the usual improved GPU, processing, and other core functions to boost performance.
The main highlight of the Snapdragon 660 and 630 is the upgrades in power and performance. Both now feature Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4 and All Ways Aware technology to reduce power intake. Qualcomm is also touting the processors will allow for 50 to 75 percent less battery drain with services like location tracking. The 660 comes equipped with an eight-core Kyro 260 CPU and Adreno 512 GPU while the 630 has eight ARM Cortex A53 cores and Adreno 508 GPU.
When will they be available?
The Snapdragon 660 is already available while the 630 will begin shipping later this month.