With the starting of 2020, we have been entering the world of 5G technology. However, the 4G LTE trend is not going to be suppressed by the commencing of 5G technology. Today, Qualcomm clears this fact by announcing three new chipsets from its mid-range lineups, including the 4, 6, and 7 series in an event held in New Delhi, India.
Being more specific, the new SoCs from Qualcomm are the Snapdragon 460, 662, and 720G, and they’re aimed at the 4G LTE market. They also include features like Wi-Fi 6 support and integrated Bluetooth 5.1. Let’s talk about each of these chips specifically.
Let’s consider the top-most SoCs out of these three which is the Snapdragon 720G. This is an octa-core chip which is the most powerful among these three and will be aimed at higher-end phones. The “G” in the chipset’s name refers to its focus on gaming, so expect 10-bit HDR and the same anti-cheating measures Qualcomm built into the premium Snapdragon 855.
This chipset also comes with Qualcomm’s Hexagon 692 DSP for on-device AI operations, plus full support for 4K video recording and high-speed displays running at resolutions as high as 2520 x 1080. Like most of the chips nowadays, the SD 720G also comes embedded with an X15 LTE modem that provides for download speeds as fast as 800Mbps.
Now coming to the Snapdragon 662 SoC which is somehow a bit low-end version of SD 720G. It is also an octa-core processor that comes with the top-clock speed of 2.0GHz. Qualcomm says the 662 supports “new triple camera configurations and smooth switching between them,” as well as storing images in the super-efficient HEIF file format. Apart from this, it also has an X11 modem that can only hit a theoretical limit of about 390Mbps down.
Last but not the least, the Snapdragon 460 uses the same modem and lower-tier AI engine as the 662, but its new performance cores and an improved GPU architecture means the chipset performs more than 50 percent faster than the Snapdragon 450.
“While we see fast adoption of 5G across geographies globally, we do recognize the phenomenal boost that 4G has given towards enabling broadband connectivity for Indian consumers. 4G will continue to remain a focus area for Qualcomm Technologies for regions like India, where it would stay as a key technology for connectivity,” said Rajen Vagadia, vice president and president, Qualcomm India Pvt. Ltd. “Our goal is to enable our partners to continue creating solutions that offer seamless connectivity access and exceptional mobile experiences, that consumers can count on.”
Snapdragon 720G devices are expected to arrive in Q1, while Snapdragon 662 and 460 devices will arrive by the end of the year.
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