New Snapdragon SoC brings cutting-edge tech to mid-tier phones

New Snapdragon SoC brings cutting-edge tech to mid-tier phones

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By Rich Pell

The Snapdragon 670 Mobile Platform, says the company, is engineered to deliver cutting-edge technologies to mainstream smartphone buyers who want to make the most of what their Snapdragon-powered device has to offer. It integrates features such as the Qualcomm Kryo CPU, Qualcomm Spectra image signal processor (ISP), Qualcomm AI Engine, and Snapdragon X12 LTE modem, for high-quality mobile user experiences.

“This new mobile platform gives OEMs freedom to add more features and experiment with different mobile device sizes than with our previous generations,” the company says. “For consumers, this means more options to choose from, depending on what suits their needs.”

The Snapdragon 670 uses the same digital signal processing (DSP) found in higher-tier mobile platforms: the Qualcomm Hexagon 685 DSP. The always-on, always-sensing processor offers efficient sensor management abilities, ideal for computing algorithms that make AI-powered apps.

The platform also integrates the company’s third-generation AI Engine, designed to deliver up to 1.8x AI performance than available in the previous generation. Because its AI capabilities are on-device, says the company, users can expect near real-time responsiveness, improved privacy, and enhanced reliability, even when the device lacks a network connection.

The Snapdragon 670’s Kryo 360 CPU uses two performance cores (of up to 2.0 GHz) and six efficiency cores (of up to 1.7 GHz), and is designed to deliver up to 15% higher performance than its predecessor. For users, says the company, this means their Snapdragon 670-powered devices can juggle multiple power-intensive experiences without acutely affecting battery life.

The Snapdragon 670 is the first 600-tier platform to feature the Spectra 250 ISP – the second generation of the company’s signature image signal processor. The ISP enables most of the premium camera features found in professional cameras — including noise reduction, image stabilization, and active depth sensing, the company says.

Users can also record video with Ultra HD Video Capture, a feature that uses up to 30% less power than its predecessor. Overall, the Qualcomm Spectra 250 ISP supports up to 25MP for single cameras and 16MP for dual cameras, so users can capture moments in super high resolution.

Finally, the Snapdragon 670 is equipped with the X12 LTE Modem, which is designed to support fast speeds in congested areas and lock onto strong signals where coverage is weak. The modem supports download speeds of up to 600 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 150 Mbps. The X12 modem is designed to automatically switch between LTE and Wi-Fi, depending on which mode has the strongest signal quality and highest speeds at the time.

The Snapdragon 670 Mobile Platform is currently available, with commercial devices expected later this year.


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