Qualcomm Boosts Mobiles With Snapdragon 660, 630 Chips

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Qualcomm presents a pair of chipsets for lower-cost smartphones-- the Snapdragon 660 and 630 SoCs, upgrades on the Snapdragon 652 and 625 chips offering more power and faster connectivity.

Snapdragon 660The Snapdragon 660 and 630 feature the X12 LTE modem found inside the high-end Snapdragon 820 SoC, together with Bluetooth 5 and, in the case of the 660, 2 x 2 MIMO wifi. CPU and GPU speeds get an increase, as Qualcomm says the 660 is 20% faster than the 652, while the 630 is 10% faster.

The two chips are built using a 14nm process, and support up to 8GB of RAM. The 660 has an 8-core Kryo CPU and an Adreno 512 GPU, while the 630 has 8 Cortex A53 cores and an Adreno 508 GPU.

An issue tackled by the SoCs is battery life-- Qualcomm claims power consumption is lower by 50-75% for some location services, while download power consumption on wifi is down by 60% on the 660 over the previous generation.

The Snapdragon 660 is shipping now to vendors, to be followed later this month by the 630. No word on actual devices carrying the chips is available as yet.

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