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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 710 unlocks flagship features on a budget

by Justin Herrick | May 24, 2018May 24, 2018 7:00 am EST

The differences between high-end and mid-range devices should become less dramatic with the introduction of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 710.

It’s the first product in a new line of processors bringing flagship features to affordable mobile devices. Qualcomm announced that, because of its latest series, a broader audience will be able to enjoy premium-tier features on a budget.

While the Snapdragon 710 is only official today, it’ll be shipping in consumer-ready devices soon.

Qualcomm is putting the Snapdragon 700 series in a relatively new position. The Snapdragon 710 sits above the Snapdragon 660, but it’s not as good as the Snapdragon 845. So you should think of it as the type of processor Motorola could use for the Moto Z3 Play. Basically, companies could release watered-down versions of their flagships without shedding too much quality.

The Snapdragon 710 rises above its Snapdragon 600 series counterpart in a handful of areas that matter. First, artificial intelligence is boosted by a multi-core engine to analyze photos and videos in real-time. Qualcomm also says this chip unlocks low light photography, noise reduction, portrait mode, and facial recognition.

On the display front, mobile devices with the new chip can play 4K HDR video. This is the first time a Qualcomm-made processor outside the Snapdragon 800 series could do so.

If you pick up a phone with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 710, you’ll have access to the Snapdragon X15. The modem can reach 800 megabits per second with 4×4 MIMO technology. Qualcomm does, of course, also include enhancements for overall performance. The Snapdragon 710 outpaces the Snapdragon 660 by up to 25% while using 40% less power.

Quick Charge 4+ is on-hand to get your phone to a 50% battery charge in fifteen minutes.

Qualcomm is already working with hardware manufacturers on new mobile devices with the Snapdragon 710, and the first wave of them should arrive by the end of June. Expect many of the Snapdragon 710-powered phones to be released this summer.


Justin Herrick

Justin is easily attracted to power buttons. His interest in technology started as a child in the 1990s with the original PlayStation, and two...