Snapdragon 778G Plus, 695, 680 and 480 Plus chipsets revealed
Qualcomm just announced the release of four new mobile chipsets – Snapdragon 778G Plus, Snapdragon 695, Snapdragon 680 and Snapdragon 480 Plus. The focus is mostly on 5G connection, although there is a new 4G-only option. In addition, three of the four use a contemporary 6 nm node.
Snapdragon 778G Plus specifications
The original Snapdragon 778G has been pretty popular among the higher-end mid-rangers, and we expect this new processor to be even more so. It’s still made using a 6 nm technology, but it’s been tweaked to allow for faster clock rates.
The Kryo 670 Prime core now operates at a speed of 2.5 GHz (up from 2.4 GHz). The Adreno 642L GPU has also gotten a bump, guaranteeing a 20 percent increase in performance. The remainder is the same as previously, with an X53 5G modem that can handle up to 3.7 Gbps downlinks and 1.6 Gbps uplinks and a triple IPS.
Snapdragon 695 specifications
This is a successor to the Snapdragon 690, this time with support for mmWave 5G (which the 690 lacks). This should make the new chip appealing with carriers pushing their mmWave networks, although there are some performance improvements as well.
The Snapdragon 695 boosts CPU and GPU performance by up to 15 percent and 30 percent, respectively. This is because it uses the newer Kryo 660 CPU cores (vs. 560 on the previous chip) and the Adreno 619 GPU (vs. 619L).
Another important component is the node as this is a 6 nm chip that replaces the earlier 8 nm chip, which could improve energy efficiency.
Snapdragon 680 specifications
Because the Snapdragon 680 has a 4G LTE modem, it will be utilised in basic mid-range smartphones. This entire thing is a mash-up of old and new elements.
It’s made on the same 6nm node as its brothers, for starters. It does, however, feature Kryo 265 CPU cores, which are likely improved versions of the Kryo 260 processors seen in the Snapdragon 662 (an 11 nm chip). This one uses the same Adreno 610 GPU as the previous one.
On a more upbeat note, cameras will be served by a triple ISP, a Spectra 346. Outside of high-end designs, triple ISPs are uncommon; they allow the chipset to handle visual data from three cameras at the same time.
Snapdragon 480 Plus specifications
The Snapdragon 480 was Qualcomm’s first 400-series chipset to have a 5G modem, making it popular among lower-cost 5G phones. This one is similar to the last one, except it is quicker.
The 480 Plus is still an 8nm processor with Kryo 460 CPU cores and an Adreno 619 GPU from last year. However, the primary CPU has been increased to 2.2 GHz (from 2.0 GHz), and the GPU has been improved as well.
While the technically superior Snapdragon 680 can only handle 1080p+ monitors at 90Hz, this SoC can do it at 120Hz. Then there’s next-generation connectivity: the 480 Plus’ X51 modem supports both sub-6 and mmWave 5G networks.