Qualcomm has just announced four new Snapdragon chipsets namely the Snapdragon 778+, 695, 680, and 480+. If you can’t tell from the names, two of them are totally new, while the other two are plus versions of current chips.
Three of the chips focus on 5G connectivity and three of the four are built with a 6nm process.
The 778G+ is a slight upgrade of the Snapdragon 778G but built on a 6nm process, allowing the 778G+ to be able to handle higher clock speeds.
The Kryo 670 Prime core has been boosted to clock at 2.5GHz up from the 2.4GHz on the non-plus version. The Adreno 642L GPU has also been boosted and said to have 20% better performance.
The rest of the specs is pretty much the same as its non-plus counterpart some of these include an X53 5G modem and a triple IPS with a Spectra 570L, to name a few.
Next up is the Snapdragon 695, which is a follow-up to the Snapdragon 690 but this time with mmWave 5G support.
The 695 also offers 15% better CPU performance and 30% GPU performance. This is thanks to having newer Kryo 660 cores compared to the Kryo 560 cores on its predecessor as well as an Adreno 619 GPU from a 619L.
Like the 778G+, the 695 is built on a 6nm chip making it more efficient.
The Snapdragon 680 is the only 4G SoC with a 4G LTE modem but it is built on a 6nm node. It features Kryo 265 CPU cores and an Adreno 610 GPU. The Kryo 265 cores are assumed to be an upgraded version of the Kryo 260 cores which are used in other chipsets like the 11nm Snapdragon 662.
Despite the questionable cores, it has a Spectra 346 triple ISP, which is rarely seen outside of higher-end SoCs.
Lastly, the Snapdragon 480+ runs with the same Kryo 460 CPU cores and an Adreno 619 GPU. However, the prime core is now clocked at 2.2 GHz from 2.0GHz on the non-plus version. The GPU has also been boosted in clock speed.
It supports up to 1080p+ at up to 120Hz refresh rate. It also has an X51 modem that supports sub-6 and mmWave 5G networks.
According to the announcement, HMD Global has shown interest in the Snapdragon 480+. OPPO, on the other hand, has its eye on the Snapdragon 695 because of the mmWave support. Lastly, the Snapdragon 695 and Snapdragon 778G+ have piqued the interest of Xiaomi. Other companies that we can expect to see the new chipsets include Motorola, vivo, and HONOR.
Although, none of the companies have revealed a timeline as to when we can expect the new Qualcomm chipsets on a device. The Plus versions are expected to be powering a device sooner than the brand new chips, because they are just plus versions of existing chipsets.