Qualcomm is launching two new processors designed to bring better performance and a few new features to mid-ranged smartphones – the Snapdragon 617 and the Snapdragon 430.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor is a 64-bit chip with support for 4G LTE and camera sensors up to 21 megapixels, while the Snapdragon 617 supports even faster LTE speeds and more powerful graphics.
The new 617 processor will boast of Cat 7 300 Mbps download speed and 100 Mbps upload speed, X8 LTE support, 2x20MHz carrier aggregation and dual-ISPs. The latest Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 will also be supported by the Snapdragon 617 and 430. The two will use a low power Qualcomm Hexagon DSP to allow low power sensor and audio. The processor has 8 ARM Cortex-A53 64-bit CPU cores with speeds up to 1.5 GHz and features Adreno 405 graphics.
The Snapdragon 430, will come later in devices due in 2016. This one will include the new Qualcomm Adreno 505 and support for superior gaming and high-end camera. The chip is also expected to support a few things like 1080p Full HD graphics, 2x10MHz carrier aggregation, X6 LTE with Cat 4 download (max of 150 Mbps), Cat 5 uplink (75 Mbps), and up to 21MP photo capture. This 28nm, octa-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor supports top speeds of 1.2 GHz and also supports 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, eMMC 5.1, H.265 video.
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