Qualcomm has announced new Snapdragon 625, Snapdragon 400, Snapdragon 435 and Snapdragon 425. It is the mid-range chipset we have all been waiting for long.
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Let’s take a look at what they are up to offer.
The Snapdragon 625 is the first 600-series chipset to be built on a power-efficient 14nm process.
The process has enabled the eight Cortex-A53 cores to be clocked at over 2GHz. There is an Adreno 506 GPU and Quick Charge 3.0 on board too.
The chip is also able to record 4K video.
The chipset is able to support camera up to 24MP due to its dual ISP.
The Snapdragon 625 is also paired with an X9 modem for Cat. 7 LTE - up to 300Mbps downloads and 150Mbps uploads.
The chipset also supports Wi-Fi ac. The display support is at 1,900 x 1,200 at 60fps or 1080p at 30fps.
It means that there will be no QHD displays. Qualcomm also revealed that the Snapdragon 625 uses up to 35% less power than its predecessor, Snapdragon 617.
Snapdragon 435 is based on the old 28nm process. The eight Cortex-A53 cores are clocked at 1.4GHz.
It also comes with Adreno 505 GPU. The chipset can easily support the displays up to 1080p at 60fps.
The chipset also comes with an X8 modem (Cat. 7 for 300Mbps down, 100Mbps up), Wi-Fi ac and Quick Charge 3.0. S435 is the first chipset of 400 series to come along with Cat. 7 LTE.
On the camera front, it is able to support 1080p video recording (AVC and HEVC) from 21MP cameras.
There is only a small difference between S435 and S425, but in model number only.
There is a huge difference in hardware. There is a quad-core processor, with Cortex-A53 clocked up to 1.4GHz.
The chipset is built on 28nm process. The chipset has an old Adreno 308 GPU. The chipset uses an old X6 modem.
The maximum speed level is Cat. 4 levels - 150Mbps down, 75Mbps up. It also supports Wi-Fi ac. and Quick Charge version 2.0.
The display supported is 1,280 x 800 at 60fps. The video capture you will be able to get is 1080p.
The modem X16 has the download speed up to 1Gbps.
The X16 is the first modem ever to be built on 14nm process.
The X16 modem supports LTE-U, aka LTE-Unlicensed, which operates in the 5GHz spectrum.
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It can easily share the household Wi-Fi. X16 won’t be available till 2017.