What's more powerful than Qualcommn's mid-range Snapdragon 660 processor, but not as powerful as the world-clbad Snapdragon 845 chip found on flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S9? The answer is apparently Qualcomm's newest mobile processor, the Snapdragon 710, and the first chip in the company's Snapdragon 700 series, better than the midrange, which it announced earlier this year.
Qualcomm keeps the same promises with the 710 that it promoted for the first time when it announced the line in February. That includes twice the performance of AI compared to the Snapdragon 660, which according to Qualcomm should offer improvements in a wide range of applications, from voice-based user interfaces to photography and biometrics. Other parts, such as the XTE LTE modem or the Spectra 250 image processor, are smaller versions of the more powerful X20 modem and the Spectra 280 processor of the 800 chip line.
Therefore, the X15 modem, for example, will not offer the Gigabit LTE speeds that the X20 is capable of offering, but will offer faster speeds than the X12 Series 600 modem, with downloads of up to 800 Mbps and improved power Of the signal. It's a similar story on the media side: you will not see all the improvements of the 800 series chips, but there is 10-bit color support (up to 8 bits in the 600 series). The Snapdragon 710 phones will also be the first Qualcomm chips to support 4K HDR video playback outside of the company's main offerings.
The Snapdragon 710 is built on a 10nm architecture. With that, Qualcomm promises an overall performance increase of 20 percent over the Snapdragon 660, along with dramatic reductions in power consumption, especially while watching videos or playing.
The end result is an interesting combination of features: some improvements in the 600 Series, some filtered from the 800 series line, for something that is not an emblematic chip, but otherwise is more powerful than the options of midrange existing so far. Actually, it's a strange niche for Qualcomm, since there does not seem to be mobile hardware that needs a semi-premium chip of this variety.
But it's possible that the Snapdragon 710 is more an international game for Qualcomm, designed for markets where mid-range Android phones from companies like Xiaomi and Vivo lead the group, unlike the United States, where expensive flagship phones They are practically the only game in the city. From that perspective, offering more powerful updates to mid-range Android phones at a cheaper price could succeed in a way that phones like the Galaxy S9 or Pixel 2 do not have.
We will not have to wait long to discover it, or, Qualcomm promises that the first phones with the Snapdragon 710 should be ready sometime in the second quarter of 2018.