Qualcomm Unveils Snapdragon 730 And 665 Chips for Mid-Range Phones

Qualcomm AI Day: Snapdragon 665, 730, 730G mobile platforms announced with focus on camera, AI and gaming

Qualcomm says these platforms are created to exceed customer expectations on delivering exciting experiences in artificial intelligence (AI), gaming, camera, and performance.

The "G" in the Snapdragon 730G stands for "Gaming", and that's Qualcomm's focus with this new platform. The Snapdragon 730 and 730G are the direct successors to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710, while the Snapdragon 665 is - as the name obviously suggests - an improved version of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660.

Lastly, the Snapdragon 665 is aimed for cheaper Android devices, though it boasts 2x faster AI on-device processing compared to the previous generation. It is also built on 8 nm process technology.

The new chip is Wi-Fi 6 ready, and with the Kryo 470 CPU on board, each core brings as much as a 35% improvement in performance. It also comes with an X12 LTE modem module capable of WiFi speeds up to 600 Mbps. In terms of graphics, the SoC supports the Adreno 618 GPU and it also includes Qualcomm's aptX Adaptive audio and Aqstic audio technologies.

Qualcomm also stated that it will support anti-cheat extensions, and be optimised for a number of unspecified "top-rated games".

It also features Qualcomm's Spectra 350 Image Signal Processor supports up to dual cameras up to 22MP, and a single camera up to 192MP.

The 730 runs the Qualcomm Adreno 618 GPU and is the first 7 series platform to integrate Vulkan 1.1, a next-generation graphics library that integrates enhanced developer tools and runs less power. In line with the same, the American chipmaker has today upgraded its 700-series chipsets to now include the Snapdragon 730 and Snapdragon 730G.

Yesterday, Qualcomm announced three new chipsets.

The 11-nanometer Snapdragon 665 has more in common with the Snapdragon 660 than the Snapdragon 670. The SoC comes with an octa-core design with four 2GHz Kryo 260 cores and four 1.8GHz Kryo 260 cores soldered onto an 11nm FinFET process. The chipset also has a Snapdragon X15 LTE Modem which can theoretically offer speeds of 800 Mbps. The Snapdragon 730 is equipped with Qualcomm's fourth generation multi-core Qualcomm AI Engine, twice as powerful as the previous generation's AI Engine.

The processor teams up with an Adreno 610 GPU and Hexagon 686 DSP which should both bring improvements to the graphics aspect.

Devices running on the Snapdragon 665 are expected to arrive mid-year, Qualcomm says.

The Snapdragon 730 will be the first system-on-chip in Qualcomm's 7 series to include a tensor accelerator. Imaging is catered for by the ISP which enables fast and efficient computer vision, 4K HDR capture, depth sensing and support for up to triple cameras. Low power voice activation has also been added. The Snapdragon 665 has a higher GPU score though but it still trails behind that of the Snapdragon 670.

Typically, these high-resolution benefits would slow down the device, but the Jank reducer is created to lessen stops and stutters by up to 90 percent.

The camera support provided by the Snapdragon 665 offers support for up to 48 MP / up to 25 MP, MFNR, ZSL, 30 fps single camera, up to 16 MP, MFNR, ZSL, 30 fps dual camera with Hybrid Autofocus and Zero shutter lag.

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