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Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 Mobile Platform announced: here's what's new

The midrange messiah?

by Mahit Huilgol

Today Qualcomm announced Snapdragon 670 Mobile Platform, a mid-range SoC that comes laden with all the latest features. Qualcomm claims that the Snapdragon 670 is future ready and comes with support for AI Technology and is engineered to offer the best possible performance. Let us take a closer look at all the architectural changes and new features that the Snapdragon 670 has to offer,

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AI Incorporated

Lately, Artificial Intelligence has been the buzzword. While some of the features are fluff the others are really useful. The Snapdragon 670 makes use of Qualcomm Hexagon 685, a DSP unit that is usually found in the higher tier smartphones. DSP or Digital Signal Processing unit is a specialized microprocessor with architecture that is tailor-made for digital signal processing. In other words, the DSP is responsible for the features like voice, image enhancement, computer vision and other AI capabilities.

As per Qualcomm, they have integrated 3rd generation AI Engine and this is said to deliver up to 1.8x AI performance. Since all the AI features are built into the hardware users can expect a higher level of security. This also means that the AI features will work without the need for internet connectivity.

The Snapdragon 670 offers an extensive set of tools for smartphone manufacturers and this includes Qualcomm Neural Processing SDK and Hexagon Neural Network. Furthermore, the SoC also supports Open Neural Network Exchange.

Graphics Processing and Charging

The Adreno 615 GPU is rated to offer up to 25 per cent of faster graphics rendering. Enhanced gaming features include FHD+ support and API support for both Vulkan and Unity. The Snapdragon 670 Mobile Platform also supports 4K capture and playback with sound focus, audio zoom, and surround sound recording. The Snapdragon 670 supports Quick Charge 4+ technology.

The Performance Gain

The performance gain is the cornerstone of the new Snapdragon 670 Mobile Platform. The gain in performance is one of the quintessential metrics that is used to gauge how good/bad the mobile platform is as compared with its competition or predecessor. Snapdragon 670 is based on Kyro 360 CPU that makes use of two performance cores and six efficiency cores. The latest gen Kyro CPU scores a 15 per cent performance gain as opposed to the predecessor. Thankfully the folks at Qualcomm have made sure that the performance gain doesn't come at the cost of the battery life.

A better camera platform

Once again Qualcomm has opted for the latest second-gen Spectra 250 ISP. This particular ISP unit is capable of supporting advanced features like noise reduction, image stabilization, and active depth sensing. 4K video recording is more efficient and the chipset uses 30-percent lesser power as compared to its predecessor. As far as camera support is concerned the Snapdragon 670 supports up to 25-megapixel for single cameras and 16-megapixel for dual camera setup.

Superlative connectivity

Thanks to the X12 LTE Modem, the Snapdragon 670 supports download speeds of up to 600Mbps and upload speeds of up to 150Mbps. Qualcomm claims that is has designed the modem in such a way that it can automatically lock into the strongest possible signals. This feature is extremely useful, especially in emerging nations like India wherein the network connectivity is not at its best.

Another useful feature is that the X12 Modem is designed to intelligently switch between WiFi and LTE depending on the signal strength. Moreover, the OEM can also blend in the WiFi and the LTE signals to boost the download speeds.

The Mid-Range Favourite?

We have reached a point in time wherein it is becoming increasingly difficult to demark the mid-range smartphones pricewise. However, the upcoming smartphones like the Mi A2 are powered by Snapdragon 660 and it goes without saying that most of the mid-range smartphones will opt for the Snapdragon 670 once it is available. In my personal opinion, the devices in the price range of Rs 15,000-Rs 25000 are likely to make use of Snapdragon 670.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 Availability

The Snapdragon 670 is already available for OEM’s. It would be safe to presume that the new chipset will be used in devices that are expected by the end of this year. It is good to see the flagship features trickling down to the mid range devices.

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