Qualcomm has announced two new Snapdragon SoCs. The mid-tier 617 and 430 have octa-core CPUs.
Both models have eight Cortex-A53 cores but the 430 is clocked a little lower. Both support Full HD display resolution and and Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0.
The differences between the SoCs are in the LTE and video recording support. The 617 supports category 7 LTE while the 430 only supports category 4. Both can record 1080p video but the 617 can record in 60FPS as the 430 can only do 30FPS. Surprisingly the 430 has an Adreno 505 GPU and the 617 packs a 405.
More detailed specs can be found at the Qualcomm’s site:
The next flagship Snapdragon is expected to launch early next year. Qualcomm returns to in house designed cores, the way that was proven successful with Krait cores.
Snapdragon 810 is or at least was a disappointment with its overheating issues and a slightly lower performance compared to competitors. Now the latest devices using the 810 are not reporting overheating issues but still the new flagship is needed to keep the loyal customers.
Qualcomm has now revealed new information about the next flagship SoC, Snapdragon 820. Unlike 810, it’ll use custom cores designed by Qualcomm, not the stock ARM cores the 810 uses. The cores are still going to be ARMv8 compatible but Qualcomm will modify the cores to their liking. Kryo cores will be manufactured on the 14nm FinFET technology and reach up to 2.2GHz speeds.
The Snapdragon 820 uses heterogeneous processing and new Qualcomm Symphony System Manager that can share the processing load to various CPU components. SSM can also turn off parts of the chip to power up the necessary components. This will improve performance and lower the power consumption.
The Snapdragon 820 will hit the markets early next year in the next generation flagship Android phones. It has been rumored that Samsung is considering the 820 to power their Galaxy S7. This year Samsung used their own Exynos chip because of the overheating issues of the Snapdragon 810. Samsung also has their hands in the game with manufacturing the Kryo chips as they are one of two manufacturers that can produce chips on 14nm FinFET. For now it’s not sure if the manufacturer will be Samsung or GlobalFoundries.