Published: Wed, January 22, 2020
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 720G, Snapdragon 662, and Snapdragon 460 Mobile Platforms

Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 720G, Snapdragon 662, and Snapdragon 460 Mobile Platforms

At the same event, Xiaomi India managing director Manu Kumar Jain took the stage to confirm that the company will be among the firsts to launch a Snapdragon 720G-powered smartphone in the Indian market which will also feature NavIC support. You get two Cortex A76 performance cores clocked up to 2.3GHz, and Six Cortex A55 efficiency cores clocked at 1.8GHz.

With top billing, we come to the Snapdragon 720G - remember, the "G" stands for "gaming" - goes deep, using an 8nm die for the transistors and stuffing in multimedia candies such as dynamic HDR in gameplay thanks in part to the Spectra 350L ISP and the Hexagon Tensor Accelerator to push AI-calculated visuals. We then find an integrated Adreno 610 GPU, a Hexagon 683 DSP and Spectra 340T ISP. Lastly, even the Snapdragon 662 SoC comes with support for Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging tech.

It supports FHD+ (2220 x 1080) displays at 60Hz only.

While GPS is very popular among smartphone users, what most people do not know is that GPS is not the only satellite navigation system. There is a Snapdragon X11 LTE modem with downlink speeds of up to 390Mbps and uplink speeds of up to 150Mbps.

For the first time, Qualcomm's new mobile processors will support the Navigation with Indian Constellation (NavIC), India's answer to Global Positioning System.

Qualcomm says the Snapdragon 662 Mobile Platform supports Quick Charge 3.0.

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Meanwhile, the Snapdragon 662 offers advanced camera features such as support for triple cameras and night photography to phones using this processor.

The new Snapdragon Mobile Platforms promise massive improvements in performance over previous designs, Image: Qualcomm. We should also see it power some tablets from manufacturers such as Samsung.

The new processor is built on the 11nm node.

The Snapdragon 460 is billed as the first in the entry-level 4-series to feature an 11nm die and a performance core cluster in the CPU with a 70% bump in operations per second from the last-gen product. It also supports eMMC and UFS 2.1 storage.

The story here, though, sounds like it will be performance boosts. Sure, it too is an octa-core chip, but it top speeds cap at around 2.0GHz (compared to the 720G's 2.3GHz), and X11 modem can only hit a theoretical limit of about 390Mbps down.

On the photography side, you get Spectra 350T ISP with support for up to 192-megapixel camera sensor, HEIF capture, smooth zooming, and 4K video capture. What's cool about these three chipsets is that they are the first chipsets to support the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Navigation with Indian Constellation (NavIC) GPS system.

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