Who is not familiar with the severe shortage of semiconductors. Despite that Qualcomm managed to release not one, but four new processors for mobile devices. They are available in a wide range of pricing points, from entry-level to upper-mid-range. All other SKUs have 5G modems save the Snapdragon 680 4G.
Qualcomm new processors
Snapdragon 680 4G
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G (SM6225) is the newest member of Qualcomm’s venerable 6xx series of chipsets. It’s a little upgrade over last year’s Snapdragon 678 (2020). That said, it’s built on a much more efficient 6nm fabrication node. It features a Kryo 265 CPU cluster with 2.2GHz prime cores and an Adreno 610 GPU from Qualcomm. The chipset also has support for FHD+ displays with a 90Hz refresh rate/10-bit color depth, LPDDR4x RAM clocked at 2,133 MT/s, a single 64MP camera module. Plus, there is also the ability to capture films at 1080p 30 FPS.
Snapdragon 480+ 5G
The Snapdragon 480+ 5G (SM4350-AC), on the other hand, is a modified variant of the Snapdragon 480 5G. It uses the same Kryo 460 CPUs as last year’s model, but with an increased maximum clock speed of 2.2GHz.
In the GPU department, it is equipped with the Adreno 619. Besides that, Qualcomm hasn’t revealed anything else. Everything else, like support for 120Hz FHD+ displays, a 64MP camera module, 1080p 60 FPS video recording capability, aptX Adaptive, Quick Charge 4+, and UFS 2.2 storage, is nearly the same across both chipsets.
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Snapdragon 695 5G
With the Snapdragon 695 5G, things start to become a little more interesting (SM6375). Although it appears to be a 6nm revision of the Snapdragon 690, it includes a significant upgrade: compatibility for mmWave 5G networks. Previously, the feature was only available on high-end hardware, but it will now be available on a wider range of devices.
The Snapdragon 695 5G uses an Adreno 619 GPU and boosts the CPU clock speed to 2.2GHz. Surprisingly, the ISP of the Snapdragon 695 5G has been lowered in certain ways. It has a single 108MP camera sensor, compared to 192MP on its predecessor.
Snapdragon 778G+ 5G
Finally, there’s the Snapdragon 778G+ 5G (SM7325-AE). It delivers the tiniest improvements over its predecessor (Snapdragon 778G). Instead of 2.4GHz, the Kryo 670 CPU cores work at 2.5GHz. Furthermore, the Adreno 642L GPU is up to 20% quicker than the Snapdragon 778G GPU. Support for sub-6GHz and mmWave 5G networks, 144Hz FHD+ HDR/HDR10 screens, Bluetooth 5.2, Qualcomm FastConnect, 3,200MT/s LPDDR5 RAM, and more are among the other features.
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