Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 730 and 665 chips for mid-range phones

Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 730, a new on-chip system that will likely power mid-range phones later this year. Its predecessor, the 710, ended up in devices like Samsung's Samsung A8s and the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE, and while Qualcomm recently launched a slightly faster iteration called 712, the 730 is a much better improvement.

The Snakdragon 8-core 730 uses Kryo 470 cores up to 2.2GHz and is built in an 8 nm process. It has an Adreno 618 GPU, a Hexagon 688 processor with a tensor accelerator, a Spectra 350 "computer vision" image signal processor, an X15 LTE modem and support for Wi-Fi 6. Many of these elements should help carry AI power

There is also a game-centric version called 730G, with a higher GPU for 15% faster performance. The 730G will support phones with 1440p screens, from 1080p in the normal 730, and offers 960 fps of slow motion video. Qualcomm also says that it enables a "Jank Reducer" function that is capable of "reducing janks by up to 90 percent" in 30 fps games. Which is fine

qualcomm announces snapdragon 730 and 665 chips for mid range phones

Reference design Snapdragon 665 Qualcomm.

Qualcomm further announces the Snapdragon 665 today, tracking the 660 in 2017, although the latest release of the 675 on phones like the Vivo V15 Pro makes the differentiation of the new chip a little less obvious. Like the 675, the 665 is an 8-core chip built in an 11nm process, but uses Kryo 260 slower cores and an Adreno 610 GPU. It also supports triple-cameras and 48-megapixel sensors.

Qualcomm expects devices with Snapdragon 665, 730 and 730G to go on sale by mid-2019.

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