Though the Mobile World Congress is scheduled for two weeks later from now, Qualcomm found it too hard to keep it to itself and spilled all the beans today. As part of today’s announcement, Qualcomm introduced four new Snapdragon processors, namely 620, 618, 425, and 415, which aims to take 4G LTE and multimedia to new heights.
Qualcomm has faced a growing threat from companies like MediaTek, Rockchip, and Allwinner, all of which offer low-cost SoCs based on ARM’s Cortex-A-class processors. The new Snapdragon 415, 420, 618, and 620 are intended to address this disparity.
These chips are all about the added value and bringing advanced technology to mid-range devices. Qualcomm is stressing that the new models will bring high-end features to the every level of their product stack.’
For starters, both the new Snapdragon 415 and 425 will be moving to eight-core Cortex A53-based designs, rather than the quad-core designs the 400 and 410 used. Both are also 64-bit and support the ARMv8 instruction set and are based on current 28nm manufacturing technology. On the graphics side, both SoCs step up to the Adreno 405 GPU, the same graphics processor that ships with the Snapdragon 610 and 615. Adreno 405 GPU offers hardware decoding for 1080p H.264 video and an external display resolution support of up to 1080p. The sole difference between the 415 and 425 models seems to be the LTE modem.
The chips have dual image signal processors (ISPs), which Qualcomm claims will improve cameras in these midrange and low-end phones.The two new 400-series members now have Quick-charge 2.0. It can charge a 2014 Moto X from zero to 80 percent in an hour, which would be pretty handy to have in a low-end phone.
The Snapdragon 620 brings Snapdragon premium tier capabilities to the Snapdragon 600 tier with brand new ARM Cortex-A72 CPUs, that are said to be twice as powerful than the A57, and next-gen Qualcomm Adreno GPU. While the Snapdragon 620 is chock-full of processing power, it also provides entertainment oomph with support for 4K Ultra HD video capture and playback and 2K display resolution. The Snapdragon 618 will be the hexa-core variant of the 620, loaded with the same core features.
Commercial devices featuring the new Snapdragon 620, 618, 425, and 415 processors are expected to be available in the second half of 2015.