Three months ago, Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon 700 range of SoC’s which promised high-end features for mid-range smartphones. The new features include a special AI chip, Bluetooth 5.0, Quick Charge 4.0, and LTE connections higher than 1 Gbps. Now finally, Qualcomm has taken the wraps off the Snapdragon 710 – the first processor in this series.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 710: the mid-range is no longer worse in terms of battery
The 710 is the direct successor to the Snapdragon 660, but with multiple improvements. Currently, the Snapdragon 660 is Qualcomm’s most powerful mid-range chips. This SoC uses four cores at maximum frequency, and another four at a lower frequency to reduce battery consumption.
The new Snapdragon 710 has four Kryo 360 cores at 2.2 GHz, while the other four work at 1.7 GHz. It also incorporates cache memory for the processor, although it will have a smaller size than that which has been introduced in the Snapdragon 845 (estimated to be around 1 MB). This helps the processor to be more efficient and reduce the latency when processing tasks.
For the first time, a GPU from the 600 series will be included in a mid-range SoC. The Adreno 616 is 35% faster than the Adreno 512 on the Snapdragon 660. The modem is updated to a Snapdragon X15 LTE capable of download speeds reaching up to 800Mbps and upload speeds with a theoretical maximum limit of 300Mbps. This chip is manufactured in a 10 nanometers LPP fabrication process. The phones that equip it can record up to 4K at 3fps, or 1080p at 120fps. It is also compatible with both HEVC and 10-bit HDR content. This allows you to capture images and record video in HDR.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 offers 20% more performance and up to 40% less consumption thanks to 10 nm
In general, when compared to the Snapdragon 660, the performance is improved by 20%, web browsing speed by 25%, and application speeds by 15%. Watching videos in 4K consumes 40% lower battery. And, watching videos on YouTube the consumption drops by up to 20%.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC is available as of today for mobile manufacturers, and it is expected that the first phones that equip it will be launched in this second quarter. We are expecting announcements related to it in the next month of June.