At an event in New Delhi, India, Qualcomm announced three new SOCs named Snapdragon 720G, Snapdragon 662 & Snapdragon 460. They are the first SOCs to support Navigation with Indian Constellation (NavIC). As the naming suggests, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G sits between the Snapdragon 712 & 730 when it comes to the performance.
The Snapdragon 460 is the successor to the Snapdragon 450 & Snapdragon 662 is the successor to the Snapdragon 660.
It is worth mentioning that these are all 4G SOCs since it makes to sense to launch 5G SOCs in India at the moment when 5G is in the works.
QUALCOMM SNAPDRAGON 720G
The Snapdragon 720G was the star of the show, and it is the latest Snapdragon 7-series chipset that is an upgrade to the Snapdragon 710/712 & brings extra features for gaming, hence the ‘G’ in the name. It is based on 8nm manufacturing process & the CPU has the newer Kryo 465 cores. Interestingly, this SOC also gets support for high-refresh-rate displays up to 120Hz.
Other features include Bluetooth 5.1, WiFi 6 support, support for India’s NavIC etc.
The GPU is the new Adreno 618 that offers 15% better performance & efficiency compared to the Adreno 616. There is the new Spectra 350L ISP, 5th Generation AI Engine, and Hexagon Tensor Accelerator.
Talking about the CPU configuration in detail, the octa-core CPU consists of two high-performance Kryo 465 cores clocked at up to 2.3GHz & six Kryo 465 cores for efficiency clocked at up to 1.8GHz.
QUALCOMM SNAPDRAGON 662
The Snapdragon 662 is the upgrade to the Snapdragon 660 SOC which we have seen powering a ton of phones in the past couple of years. As the name suggests, it sits between the Snapdragon 660 & the Snapdragon 665 when it comes to the performance & efficiency.
There is no change in the CPU configuration compared to Snapdragon 665 as there is the same octa-core CPU with four performance-based Kryo 260 cores clocked at 2.0GHz & four efficiency-based Kryo 260 cores clocked at up to 1.8GHz. The GPU is also the same, i.e., Adreno 610. It is based on the 11nm manufacturing process, just like Snapdragon 665.
So, what’s new? Well, there is the new Qualcomm Spectra 340T, which supports triple camera configurations and smooth switching between them—a first in the 6-series. Moreover, there is a 3rd generation AI Engine as well. There is support for Bluetooth 5.1 as well.
QUALCOMM SNAPDRAGON 460
Just like Snapdragon 660, we saw a ton of smartphones in the budget segment featuring the Snapdragon 450 SOC. After a long time, we are getting a new Snapdragon 4-series SOC that is an upgrade to the Snapdragon 450, which was till now the best SOC under the Snapdragon 4-series.
The Snapdragon 460 is based on the 11nm manufacturing process & has an octa-core CPU that includes the new Kryo 240 cores. It is the first time Qualcomm has gone for its Kryo CPUs in the Snapdragon 400 series. There is a massive jump in the overall performance since, as per Qualcomm, the new performance-based cores result in a 70% performance boost compared to the Snapdragon 450.
Then there is the Adreno 610 GPU as well, which brings an overall 60% boost in the GPU performance compared to Snapdragon 450. This means among the three SOCs that launched today the Snapdragon 460 is the one that is the biggest upgrade from the previous generation.
Other features include the Spectra 340 ISP, Snapdragon X11 Modem, Bluetooth 5.1, NavIC etc.
When it comes to the availability, Qualcomm says –
Devices based on Snapdragon 720G are expected to be commercially available in Q1 2020 and devices based on Snapdragon 662 and 460 are expected to be commercially available by the end of 2020.
Xiaomi and Realme have announced that they will be among the first brands to launch phones with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SOC.