We have been hearing rumblings about Qualcomm unveiling the Snapdragon 660 series SoC on May 9th. These would be succeeding the Snapdragon 65* series processors SoC which are the backbone of Qualcomm’s SoC offerings bridging the divide between the budget 4** series SoC and high-end 82* series processor. Now, however, it seems that the company is looking to showcase two other Snapdragon SoC’s.
This information was originally leaked by @rquandt on twitter,
I think you'll like what Qualcomm wants to show you on May 8/9, if you liked what they did with the SD65x and SD625.
— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) May 4, 2017
These are likely to be the successors to the Qualcomm 62* series SoC, the 63* series which will be debuted in two flavours, the Snapdragon 630 and 635. Just like their predecessors, they will most likely be found in smartphones ranging in the ~$200 –>$450 range from OEM’s like Motorola, banking on steady performance and a long standby time vis-á-vis just pure performance.
It is speculated that they will be based on the 14nm LPP node just like the Snapdragon 625 and 626. Both are rumoured to be octa-core SoC’s with support for LPDDR3 memory, a Category 7 LTE modem and an Adreno 506 or better GPU. They will likely be clocked around the same range of 2.0GHz –>2.2GHz with two quad-core clusters, one for efficient processing while the latter would be for brute forcing.
In comparison, the Snapdragon 660 is a whole another beast featuring much more powerful Kryo architecture fabricated on the 14nm node rather than the 10nm bide on which the 835 is based on. It features a weaker Adreno 512 GPU compared to the latter’s 540. The eight-core processor on board the 660 is likely to be divided into two quad-core clusters, one A53 cluster clocked @1.9GHz and the second being a Cortex A73 quad-core cluster clocked @2.2GHz. Allegedly the SoC will support dual-channel LPDDR4X RAM and UFS 2.1 storage. It is further speculated that it will support Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4.0 standard and is expected to come with an X10 modem.
We have been hearing a lot of buzz on the Snapdragon 660 series SoC with many upcoming smartphones allegedly bearing the latest mid-range SoC but until now none have been released to the public. Hopefully, both will be remedied soon post this launch event.
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