Qualcomm on Tuesday announced its newest chipset for mid-tier smartphones: the Snapdragon 700 series. The chipset is a completely new series that slots right under the 800 series available for high end devices and right above the 600 series for cheaper options.
Think of it as melding of the two established series. The 700 series is meant to be for devices that don’t quite reach the high-end status of devices like the Galaxy S9 (Snapdragon 845), but still offer impressive premium performance above the 600 series’ capabilities. It will slot between the two in terms of pricing, something OEM’s have been asking for, according to Qualcomm.
“The Snapdragon 700 Mobile Platform Series will bring premium tier technologies and features into more affordable devices, something our global OEM customers and consumers are demanding,” stated Alex Katouzian, senior vice president and general manager of mobile for Qualcomm.
Some of the advancements the 700 series will offer range from on-device AI support, improvements to the camera and device performance. Qualcomm didn’t elaborate on the specifications of the new chipset, but it did say the new 700 series will offer 30-percent improvements in power and better battery performance over the Snapdragon 660 processor.
The first devices with the new 700 series chipset are expected reach consumer hands by the end of 2018 or early next year.