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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 670 Goes Official – Its A Mid-Range Beast

Today, pretty much every smartphone released nowadays could fulfill everyone’s general tasks. We’re now at the point where specs in smartphones no longer matter unless you’re really keen into the subject.

Today’s smartphones perform a variety of tasks, from texting to accessing the internet and everything in between. The ease of accessing our data, out entertainment and the world within our pocket has finally solidified the industry. These devices are often very personal to many users. With the gaps between the high-end and mid-range devices shrinking, it seems like SoC manufacturers like Qualcomm are simply trying to psuh the mid-range bar even higher.

With Chinese OEMs arriving first in-line for Pizza, these brands often market themselves for their excellent performance. With the latest Snapdragon 670 becoming official, it’s likely that we could be seeing this SoC in our smartphones very soon.

 Snapdragon 632Snapdragon 636Snapdragon 670Snapdragon 439Snapdragon 429
Clock Speed8 x Kyro 250 Upto 1.8Ghz8 x Kyro 250 Upto 1.8Ghz8x Qualcomm® Kryo™ 360 CPU Upto 2GHz12nm 8x ARM Cortex A53 Upto 1.95GHz12nm 4x ARM Cortex A53 Upto 1.95GHz
GPUQualcomm® Adreno™ 506Qualcomm® Adreno™ 509Qualcomm® Adreno™ 615 GPUQualcomm® Adreno™ 505 GPUQualcomm® Adreno™ 504 GPU
Cellular ModemQualcomm® Snapdragon™ X9 modemQualcomm® Snapdragon™ X12 LTE modem
Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X12 LTE modem
Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X6 LTE modemQualcomm® Snapdragon™ X6 LTE modem

*Up to 4K external display support*
Location TrackingGPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBASGPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBASGPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBASGPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBASGPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS
Camera/VideoUp to 4K UltraHD capture @30FPS
Up to 1080p video capture @120 FPS
Up to 4K Ultra HD playback @30FPS
H.264 (AVC), H.265 (HEVC), VP9, VP8
Up to 4K UltraHD capture @ 30 fps
Up to 1080p video capture @120 FPS
Up to 4K Ultra HD video playback
H.264 (AVC), H.265 (HEVC), VP9, VP8
Up to 4K UltraHD capture @ 30 FPS
Up to 1080p video capture @ 120 FPS
H.264 (AVC), H.265 (HEVC), VP9, VP8
1080p@30fps capture and playback
Hardware HVEC
1080p@30fps video capture and playback
Hardware HVEC

Above is a table that showcases Qualcomm’s recent additions in their mid-range lineup. The table casually compares Qualcomm’s current lineup consisting of the Snapdragon 632, 636, 670, 439 and 432.

We could see, that with the new 670 bumping itself into the line, both Qualcomm and OEM would come to realize how amazing of a chip the 670 could be for the mid-range market.

Manufactured with independent power and efficiency clusters — two cores for data-intensive tasks and six cores for everyday demands — the Kryo 360 CPU provides a 15% performance uplift compared to the previous generation for virtually seamless, ultra-speedy multitasking.


Featuring a new Kyro 360 and a new Adreno 615 GPU, we’re looking at a 15% uplift in the compute department according to Qualcomm. The eight Kyro 360 cores consist of two high-performance cores and a six low powered cores for general compute tasks.

Given how much Qualcomm has been improving over the years and how dedicated it has become at keeping the market fresh and enthusiastic, the future for budget devices is certainly bright, especially if you’re willing to pickup a Chinese device from Xiaomi, Asus and others packing the 670.

However, given how fast Xiaomi jumped onto the Snapdragon 710, I would be keen to see the interest of other brands in the 670. Since its quite a powerful chip, I’m sure some brands would opt for either chip. It won’t be long for some device to pack this new SoC so that we could put it through its paces in the real world.

Usman Abdul Jabbar

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