Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, 660 Promises High-End Features For All
Qualcomm Snapdragon processors are commonly found in Android handsets from the Samsung Galaxy S8 all the way down to the budget $200 Android phones. The difference between the high-end processor and the lower-end processor was highly noticeable, until recently. As of recent, you can notice the higher-end 835 and the mid-range 626 are closer in clock speeds than ever before. This is thanks in large part of technologies and components becoming more affordable.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 and 630 are the latest “mid-range” processors. They’re replacing the 653 and 626, respectively, but don’t discount their mid-range label. The processors are both going to power mid-range phones, but they’ll have the same performance as their high-end counterparts. It’s Qualcomm showing manufacturers they understand phones like the Honor 6X, Axon, and others are as important as the higher-end Galaxy S8.
Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 660, 630 processors are mid-range prices with high-end features
The biggest changes to the new Snapdragon processors is switch to Qualcomm’s own Kryo cores from ‘off the shelf’ ARM cores. The small change for the 660, 630 puts it on the same level as the 800 series processors. The switch to the Kryo cores gives Qualcomm the ability to finely tune the performance for lower-end hardware. It’s better than settling for generic ARM cortex that Qualcomm didn’t develop or optimize for Android.
The Snapdragon 660 and 630 offer similar core setup but the 660 offers a bit more in the performance area. The Snapdragon 660 can also support 4K output to an external display. The processor also supports 2×2 MU-MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi, for faster connections. While the 630 can only support two 13 megapixel sensors, the 660 can support a 16-megapixel camera.
The 660 is available for manufacturers now while the 630 will be available at the end of May. The processors will give mid-range phones more power to compete against their higher-end competitors. Soon a $200 to $300 phone could be as fast as the higher-end options.
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