Qualcomm could play an important role in the 5G market this year, integrating the Snapdragon X52 5G modem into its Snapdragon 765 processors and requiring smartphone manufacturers with Snapdragon 865 chips to also use a Snapdragon X55 5G modem, but the San Diego has not yet “given up” the 4G definitively. Indeed, quite the opposite.
Qualcomm has unveiled three new mobile platforms: Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, 662 and 460, which will enable advanced user experiences in terms of connectivity, gaming and entertainment on LTE smartphones. The terminals with Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC will be launched on the market in the first quarter of 2020, while the models with the Snapdragon 662 and Snapdragon 460 chips appear to be expected later this year.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, 662 and 460
These new mobile platforms include fast 4G-LTE connectivity, offer key features such as Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 integrated with advanced audio subsystems thanks to Qualcomm FastConnect 6 series, support for Dual-Frequency (L1 and L5) GNSS to improve accuracy localization and greater solidity. They are also the first system-on-chip solutions to support the Indian regional satellite positioning system (NavIC). Designed to offer new user experiences further improved thanks to artificial intelligence for the photographic sector, the use of voice assistants and in always-on virtual scenarios for greater contextual awareness, the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, 662 and 460 platforms include also Qualcomm AI Engine and Qualcomm Sensing Hub.
“While we are witnessing a rapid adoption of 5G worldwide, we recognize the incredible boost that 4G has given to broadband connectivity for Indian users. 4G will continue to be a focus area for Qualcomm Technologies in regions like India where it will remain a key connectivity technology, “said Rajen Vagadia, vice president and president, Qualcomm India Pvt. Ltd.” Our the goal is to enable our partners to continue creating solutions that offer seamless connectivity access and mobile experiences that users can rely on. ”
As always, however, in Qualcomm’s nomenclature, the higher figure corresponds to higher performance (and also price).
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G is the most powerful of the three, an octa-core with Qualcomm Kryo 465 cores at (up to) 2.3GHz, Qualcomm Adreno 618 graphics and Snapdragon X15 LTE modem with download speeds up to 800 Mbps and upload speeds up to 150 Mbps. This mobile platform will support smartphones with displays up to 2560 x 1080 pixels (90Hz or 120Hz), 8GB RAM memory, eMMC 5.1, HDR10 video and 192MP cameras. It is no coincidence that the “G” in the acronym stands for “game” and Qualcomm says that this chip can handle HDR titles and AI features in gaming, photography, voice assistance and other activities. For more details on Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, you can read the official information.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 is equipped with eight Qualcomm Kryo 260 cores capable of reaching the maximum frequency of 2GHz, Adreno 610 graphics, LTE Snapdragon X11 modem with a maximum speed of 390MBps in download and 150MBps in upload, support for 2200 x 1080 pixel displays ( 60Hz), 48MP cameras and Quick Charge 3.0. Here for more information.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 is equipped with eight Qualcomm Kryo 240 CPU cores up to 1.8GHz, Adreno 610 graphics, Snapdragon X11 LTE modem and similar features for the display and camera of the Snapdragon 662. More details are available in the Snapdragon 460 description.