Qualcomm has announced three new processors, the first of which is the Snapdragon 730, a new system-on-chip that will likely be equipped mid-to-high-end phone sometime this year. Its predecessor 730 is the Snapdragon 710 that we will find on devices such as the Samsung Galaxy A8s and the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE. Qualcomm recently released a slightly faster version of the 71st, which has the name Snapdragon 712, but as expected the Snapdragon 730 is a noticeably improved version.
The 8-core Snapdragon 730 uses Kryo 470 kernels up to 2.2GHz and is built with an 8nm process. It has GPU Adreno 618 and Hexagon 688 tensor accelerator, Spectra 350 “computer vision”, image signal processor, X15 LTE modem and Wi-Fi 6 support. Many of these features will help AI-powered editing and display on non-flagship devices.
Qualcomm also announced a 730 gaming version of the Snapdragon 730G, which has over 15% GPU. Unlike the 780 that supports devices with 1080p screens, the Snapdragon 730G will support smartphones with 1440p screens as well as slow motion video at 960fps. Qualcomm also reports that the Snapdragon 730G activates the “Jank Reducer” feature that is capable of “reducing janks up to 90%” in 30fps games.
Qualcomm also announced the Snapdragon 665, which is the next version of the Snapdragon 660 released in 2017. However, the 665 is quite similar to the recently released Snapdragon 675 that is on devices such as the Vivo V15 Pro. These two 8-core processors are built with an 11nm process. However, the 665 has Kryo 260 and GPU Adreno 610. It also supports triple cameras and 48MP sensors.
Qualcomm expects devices with Snapdragon 665, 730 and 730G to be released in mid-2019.