Qualcomm unveils the Snapdragon 700 to bring flagship-style AI and battery features to cheaper phones
At MWC 2018, Qualcomm has introduced its Qualcomm Snapgradon 700 Mobile Platform Series, a new chipset designed to bring the AI, camera and battery boosts seen on high-end phones to mid-range handsets.
It’s designed to plug the performance gap between its premium Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 series – the most recent release being the Snapdragon 845 – and the chipsets on mid-market phones that come with lower specs, typically running the 600 range.
In particular, Qualcomm promises the Snapdragon 700 series will make it easier to run AI programs on cheaper phones, making the chipset twice as efficient and powerful as the Snapdragon 660. This is thanks to a number of advancements, namely to the Hexagon Vector Processor and Adreno Visual Processing subsystem coupled with the processors Kryo CPUs. These architectures work together to help capture and share videos, learn voice and speech and boost battery life. This is said to improve a 30% improvement, again compared to the 660.
Phones running the Snapdragon 700 will also be able to take advnatage of Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4+ technology that promises up to 50% charge in 15 minutes.
Elsewhere, the Qualcomm Spectra ISP will bring improvements to cameras and the Snapdragon 700 also comes with features designed to boost LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity rates.
The first Snapdragon 700 Series phones are expected to go on sale before the summer.
Being the muscle behind many of the rumoured, next-generation handsets means chip maker Qualcomm typically has a large presence at MWC. Ahead of MWC 2018, Qualcomm announced a number of themes for the year ahead. Namely, its Artificial Intelligent Engine will be available on a variety of chipsets, including the Snapdragon 835, 820 and 660, as well as the Snapdragon 845.
Such AI features (like those seen on the Huawei Mate 10) means phones and applications can be faster and more efficient, boosting performance and battery life.