Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 & Snapdragon 430 octa-core, LTE SoCs announced


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Qualcomm has announced the latest couple of processors in the Snapdragon 617 and the Snapdragon 430. Both SoCs come with octa-core processors and on-board LTE modems.

Along with that, these new SoCs also incorporate Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology. According to the company, Quick Charge 3.0 will charge your devices 27% faster as compared to QC 2.0, with 38% better efficiency.

The Snapdragon 617 comes with a clock frequency of up to 1.5GHz per core through the eight cores, and uses an Adreno 405 GPU with support for OpenGL ES3.1. MediaTek’s on-board LTE solutions on its low-mid-range chipsets have made Qualcomm fit an X8 LTE module on the Snapdragon 617, which offers Global 4G LTE support.

The Snapdragon 430, on the other hand, works at up to 1.2GHz through its eight Cortex-A53 cores. It supports displays up to 1920 x 1080p in resolution, and camera sensors up to 21 mega-pixels. The Snapdragon 430 also bundles X6 LTE with Cat 4, allowing download speeds of up to 150Mbps. Unlike the Snapdragon 617, the 430 comes with an Adreno 505 GPU.

Snapdragon 617 phones will start being produced by the end of this year, while the Snapdragon 430 will first come out in the second quarter of next year.

MediaTek has been leading the way for the most part as far as mid-range (and some high-end) devices are concerned; Qualcomm will hope to win back lost market share with these new SoCs.

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