Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 vs Snapdragon 660 – Comparison

Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 710 chipset in May and right now, it is undoubtedly the most powerful mid-range processor. Don’t get confused with this new 7xx series as it is a successor to the Snapdragon 660 of last year. In fact, some sources even claim that Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 is a rebranded 670. Anyways, there is a lot to talk about this new processor like the 10nm manufacturing processor, Kryo 360 cores, Snapdragon X15 LTE modem etc. If you haven’t read our article on this processor, make sure to check it out to get an idea of the specifications.

After the announcement of 710, one question that everyone had in mind was – ‘How powerful is it as compared to the Snapdragon 660?’. Usually, we see the successors being much better in every aspect than the predecessors, but since Qualcomm went for the same design & similar specifications as the 8xx series, it is important to know the new changes in the Snapdragon 710 that make it a better mid-range processor than the Snapdragon 660.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 675Qualcomm Snapdragon 712
CPU64-bit 8x Qualcomm Kryo 460 CPU
Qualcomm AI Engine
64-bit 8x Qualcomm Kryo 360 CPU
3rd generation multi-core Qualcomm AI Engine
Up to 2.3 GHz
GPUQualcomm Adreno 612 GPUQualcomm Adreno 616 GPU
DSPQualcomm Hexagon 685 DSPQualcomm Hexagon 685 DSP
CAMERAQualcomm Spectra 250L ISP

Dual Camera, MFNR, ZSL, 30fps: Up to 16 MP

Single Camera, MFNR, ZSL, 30fps: Up to 25 MP

Single Camera, MFNR: Up to 48 MP

Single Camera: Up to 192 MP
Qualcomm Spectra 250 image signal processor

Dual Camera, MFNR, ZSL, 30fps: Up to 16 MP

Single Camera, MFNR, ZSL, 30fps: Up to 32 MP

Single Camera, MFNR: Up to 48 MP

Single Camera: Up to 192 MP
VIDEOUp to 4K video capture @ 30 FPS, Up to 1080p video capture @120 FPSUltra HD 4K (3840x2160) video capture at 30fps
AUDIOAudio Technology:

Qualcomm TrueWireless Stereo Plus technology, Qualcomm Aqstic audio technology, Qualcomm aptX™ audio technology

Qualcomm Aqstic technology: Qualcomm Aqstic audio codec, Qualcomm Aqstic speaker amplifier with Speaker Protection

Qualcomm aptX audio playback support: Qualcomm aptX Classic, Qualcomm aptX HD, Qualcomm aptX Adaptive
Audio Technology:

Qualcomm TrueWireless Stereo Plus technology, Qualcomm Broadcast Audio technology, Qualcomm Aqstic audio technology, Qualcomm aptX™ audio technology

Qualcomm aptX™ audio playback support: Qualcomm aptX™ Classic, Qualcomm aptX™ HD
CHARGINGSupports Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+Supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+
DISPLAYUp to 10 bit, FHD+, 2520x1080Quad HD+, HDR10, 3360x1440
LTEQualcomm Snapdragon X12 LTE modem

600Mbps download
150Mbps upload
Qualcomm Snapdragon X15 LTE modem

800Mbps download
150Mbps upload

See, the first thing that makes the 710 a much better chipset than the 660 is the manufacturing process. It is built on the same 10nm manufacturing process as the Snapdragon 835 and 845 (845 is built on the 2nd Gen 10nm process). On the other hand, the Snapdragon 660 is a 14nm chipset. So, smaller the size, more is the performance. Considering this aspect, the Snapdragon 710 is certainly better than the 660 regarding the performance. But how much better is it?

Qualcomm Snapdragon 710
Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 Specifications

The company says that due to the Adreno 616 Visual Processing Subsystem architecture’s enhancements, the Snapdragon 710 uses up to 40% less power when playing games and 4K video playback and 20% less power when streaming video than the Snapdragon 660, which is a huge improvement regarding power consumption. This means that even with an average 3,000mAh battery, a phone with Snapdragon 710 and an optimized OS can last a full day with ease. The Xiaomi Mi 8 SE is a good example of this, which is the first smartphone in the world to launch with the Snapdragon 710.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 vs Snapdragon 660

Talking about the performance, the Snapdragon 710 has the powerful Kryo 360 cores, which places the 710 between the Snapdragon 835 (Kryo 280) and Snapdragon 845 (Kryo 385) regarding the performance. Also, the company claims that there is a 20% increase in the overall performance as compared to the Snapdragon 660. The app launch times are 15% faster.

The Snapdragon 710 packs in the X15 LTE modem that is also better regarding the speed as compared to the X12 LTE Modem inside the Snapdragon 660. Talking about specs, the Peak Download speed is 800 Mbps, compared to the 600 Mbps of the X12 Modem. The peak upload speed, however, remains the same, i.e., 150 Mbps (It is same for the latest X20 Modem too).

Qualcomm has also added a multi-core AI Engine inside the Snapdragon 710 chipset, that results in a 2X increase in the overall performance of AI applications as compared to the Snapdragon 660. Some other things that make the Snapdragon 710 a superior chipset than the 660 include support for up to QHD+ resolution, Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+, up to 20MP dual cameras and 32MP single camera support.

Xiaomi Mi 8 SE is the first phone featuring the Snapdragon 710

So overall, the Snapdragon 710 is a competent mid-range processor and undoubtedly the best at the moment in the mid-range category. Xiaomi is the first to launch a phone with this processor, and there are reports that Nokia is also preparing for the same. In fact, it is also speculated that Google will launch a mid-range Pixel device in the first half of 2019 with the Snapdragon 710. It looks like we will see a lot of Snapdragon 710-powered devices next year. It is awe-inspiring to see how far these mid-range chipsets have come regarding the performance. There is now a minimal performance gap in the 7xx and the 8xx series of chipsets from Qualcomm.

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