Qualcomm has expanded its mobile platform portfolio with the launch of the Snapdragon 778G Plus 5G, Snapdragon 695 5G, Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G and Snapdragon 680 4G SoC. While the Snapdragon 778G Plus 5G will be a follow-up to the Snapdragon 778G, the Snapdragon 695 5G will be an improved version of the Snapdragon 690, and the Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G will be an upgrade to the Snapdragon 480.The Snapdragon 680 4G, on the other hand, will be the company’s latest 4G SoC to be designed as the successor to the Snapdragon 670 introduced back in 2018.
Snapdragon 778G Plus 5G Specifications
Like the Snapdragon 778G, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G Plus 5G has a Kryo 670 octa-core processor. However, the maximum clock speed is 2.5GHz, up from the 2.4GHz limit on the previous model. The Snapdragon 778G Plus 5G also includes the same Adreno 642L GPU that is available on the Snapdragon 778G. It is claimed to deliver 20 percent faster response times thanks to Qualcomm’s Game Quick Touch feature, which is said to reduce touch lag. The chip also has a Qualcomm Snapdragon X53 5G modem-RF system, providing a maximum download speed of up to 3.7Gbps and a maximum download speed of 1.6Gbps. In addition, there is a Qualcomm FastConnect 6700 system for Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity.
The Snapdragon 778G Plus 5G also comes with a Qualcomm Spectra 570L Imaging Processor (ISP), which is also available on the Snapdragon 778G SoC and supports up to 192 megapixel photography and 4K video recording.
Snapdragon 695 5G Specifications
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G comes with a Kryo 660 octa-core processor and a Hexagon 686 processor, both of which are designed to provide improved capabilities over the Snapdragon 690, which includes a Kryo 560 processor and a Hexagon 692 processor. Qualcomm claims new inputs can provide up to 30 percent more faster graphics rendering and a 15 percent improvement in processor performance over the earlier model. The Snapdragon 695 5G is also 6nm, while the Snapdragon 690 was an 8nm chip.
The Snapdragon 695 5G has a Qualcomm Spectra 346T ISP that has three 12-bit ISPs, as well as support for photo capture up to 108 megapixels and the ability to record 1080p video at frame rates up to 60fps. This is not like the Spectra 355L ISP on the Snapdragon 690 SoC, which has two 14-bit ISPs and also supports 192 megapixel photography and 4K HDR video recording.
However, the other specs of both new Snapdragon 6-series SoCs are pretty similar. You will get an Adreno 619L GPU and Snapdragon X51 5G Modem-RF system with up to 2.5Gbps peak download speed and 1.5Gbps maximum download speed.
The Snapdragon 695 5G also includes the same Qualcomm FastConnect 6200 system that was previously available on the Snapdragon 690. It provides 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth v5.2 connectivity. You will also get support for Quick Charge 4+ fast charging.
Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G Specifications
The Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G builds on the success of the Snapdragon 480, which is said to be available on over 85 devices, including those currently in development. The new chip has the same eight-core Kryo 460 processor that is available on the regular Snapdragon 480, but with a maximum clock speed of 2.2 GHz. The earlier SoC was clocked at up to 2.0 GHz. Other specifications of Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G are identical to Snapdragon 480. These include Adreno 619 GPU, Hexagon 686 processor, Snapdragon X51 5G RF modem system, and FastConnect 6200 system.
Qualcomm has also integrated its Spectra 345 ISP, which offers triple 12-bit ISPs, as well as support for photography up to 64 megapixels and 1080p video recording at up to 60 frames per second.
Snapdragon 680 4G Specifications
Qualcomm has developed the Snapdragon 680 4G SoC using the 6nm process technology, which is a significant upgrade over the 10nm Snapdragon 670. The new chip comes with a Kryo 265 octa-core processor, an Adreno 610 GPU and a Hexagon 686 processor. It also includes a Snapdragon X11 LTE modem. and FastConnect 6100 subsystem with Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth v5.1. In comparison, the Snapdragon 670 comes with an eight-core Kryo 360 processor, an Adreno 615 GPU, and a Hexagon 685 DSP. The earlier chip also came with Snapdragon X12 LTE and supported 802.11ac Wi-Fi as well as Bluetooth v5.0.
The new Snapdragon SoC also includes a Qualcomm Spectra 346 ISP with a triple 12-bit ISP and support for photography up to 64 megapixels. There’s also Quick Charge 3 for fast charging. But the latest model had Quick Charge 4+.
Will be later this year
Along with the announcement of new SoCs, Qualcomm has announced a growing movement across all of its Snapdragon tiers. The company said demand for its Snapdragon 7 series has grown by 44 percent in the past year alone, while the trends associated with the Snapdragon 6 series are showing up to show mid-range smartphones as the primary driver for 5G adoption.
The exact details of when the new Snapdragon chips will be available to smartphone makers have yet to be announced. However, Qualcomm did confirm that the new SoCs will go on sale in the fourth quarter of this year. Nokia brand licensee HMD Global, as well as Honor, Motorola, Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi will be the first vendors to deploy the new SoCs.
In a joint statement with Qualcomm, HMD Global has proposed deploying the Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G on its next-generation phone, while Oppo is set to launch a Snapdragon 695-powered phone in the coming months. Xiaomi has also confirmed its plans to launch new phones powered by Snapdragon 778G Plus 5G and Snapdragon 695 5G processors.