Qualcomm unveils latest mobile chips for mid-range and budget devices



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New Snapdragon processors aim to deliver better connectivity and better performance

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Qualcomm has added four new Snapdragon mobile chips to its portfolio for 4G and 5G capable handsets in different budget ranges.

The Snapdragon 778G Plus 5G, 695 5G, 480 Plus 5G and 680 4G chips are now official, and Qualcomm says the new processors will deliver increased performance to the next generation of mid-range smartphones.

The new chips are also set to help ease the pressure on OEMs amid the global chip shortage. The four new additions are expected to provide additional options for manufacturers to help them meet existing demand.


Inheriting a number of features from the Snapdragon 8-series chips, the four new processors feature triple ISP for improved photography – something previously only found on the Snapdragon 888. The four new chips Also feature AI engines and sensing hubs which also come from the Snapdragon 8 series platforms.

In addition, the three 5G chips all inherit the mmWave and below 6 GHz capabilities of the 8-series chips, thus maximizing the connectivity of the spectral band of mobile devices. The four new 5G and 4G platforms are expected to launch in the fourth quarter of 2021.

“Mid-range smartphones are expected to be the main driver in accelerating the adoption of 5G devices, especially in emerging regions,” said Deepu John, senior director of product management at Qualcomm.

“These four new additions to our roadmap create significant opportunities for our OEM customers and provide additional options to continue to meet growing demand for our 5G and 4G mobile platforms. “

The Snapdragon 778G Plus is the new iteration of the Snapdragon 778G found in devices such as the Samsung A52S, Huawei Nova 9 and Honor 50. It aims to deliver improved CPU and GPU performance over its predecessor and is designed to enable accelerated artificial intelligence for enhanced picture and video experiences and gaming applications.

The mid-range Snapdragon 695 5G chip is a mid-range workhorse for mobile gaming. A boosted GPU allows users to play FHD + at 120 fps on the go thanks to wide accessibility to 5G network or indoors thanks to Wi-Fi 6.

On the budget side, the Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G brings what Qualcomm calls “truly global 5G connectivity” and improves the performance of the most affordable devices on the market.

As 5G proliferates across the world, 4G is still used by the majority and is of tremendous importance for global connectivity. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 680 brings incremental upgrades like the aforementioned triple ISP and AI-enhanced low-light image capture to devices that are not yet equipped for 5G technology.

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