Qualcomm releases two mid-range SoCs

qualcomQualcomm has introduced the Snapdragon 617 and Snapdragon 430 which are two mid-range SoCs.

The Snapdragon 430 is an octa-core Cortex-A53 chipset, with a clock speed of 1.2GHz.
It has as the new Adreno 505 GPU for the graphics and a dual Image Signal Processors (ISP), with support for up to 21MP rear cameras.

It comes with Quick Charge 3.0 technology, claimed to charge your smartphone up to 80 per cent in half an hour. It also has the X6 integrated LTE modem, supporting Cat.4 LTE download speeds up to 150 Mbps, and 2x10MHz Carrier Aggregation (CA). Upload speeds go up to 75 Mbps (Cat.5).

The Snapdragon 617 is a higher end version based around the same octa-core Cortex-A53 setup. It has a higher 1.5GHz clock speed and supports all the features of the Snapdragon 430. It also adds an X8 LTE modem capable of supporting Cat.7 download speeds up to 300 Mbps, and upload speeds up to 100Mbps. The latter is technologically interesting but a long way from being used in the wild.

Phones powered by the Snapdragon 617 are expected to arrive before Christmas, while Snapdragon 430 powered devices will be in the shops by the second half of next year.