I think it’s safe to say that most of us aren’t to impressed with the current range of Qualcomm chips, but the future is bright for Snapdragon fans with 4 new mid range chips on the way.
Qualcomm are having a hard time this year. Their 615 and 410 chipsets simply cannot compete with the power of Mediatek’s offerings and users are noticing.
Fortunately Qualcomm aren’t out of the game just yet, and with the announcement of 4 new mid range processors they are hoping to gain some ground once again.
For the mid/high-end we have the Cortex A72 powered Snapdragon 618 and 620 chipsets. These processors are said to be the first SoC’s to use A72 cores and boast 3.5 times more performance over Cortex A15.
Like the current 615, the new chips are octacore processors in a big.LITTLE set up to allow power to go where it is needed. The 64bit chipsets will also get a next generation Adreno GPU and will be able to handle large, high resolution displays.
Mid range and lower end phones will now get the option of running the new octacore Snapdragon 415 or 425 chipsets. The new 400 series chipset use 8 Cortex A53 does and an Adreno 405GPU for improved performance.
Other updates to the 400 range are the addition quick charge 2.0 and support for 1080p H.624 video.
Chances are we will begin to see Chinese phone makers using the latest Snapdragon chipsets half way through this year. Just how well they will compete with Mediatek’s chips we will have to wait and see.