American chip maker Qualcomm has announced a new chipset – the Snapdragon 625.
This high-end processor comes in to take the place of last year’s Snapdragon 617, obviously coming in with improvements.
According to Qualcomm, the new 625 consumes 35% less power when compared to its predecessor – the 617. In addition, the chipset will also come with much more improved graphics processing unit – an Adreno 506 GPU. With photography becoming a sensitive matter as far as smartphones are concerned, Qualcomm has packed the Snapdragon 625 with support for higher resolution cameras of up to 24MP, up from last year’s 21MP.
What this means is that we can expect devices using this chipset to come in with real massive cameras for the mid and lower-end market, something that would mean even tougher competition for the flagship manufacturers such as Samsung and LG, among others.
Devices powered by this processor will enjoy working with an octa-core configuration, which is actually the fastest and same setup used in the flagship Snapdragon 820 chipset. Besides the named features Qualcomm has also included a new X9 LTE modem to ensure the phones deliver download speeds of up to 300Mbps as well as upload speeds of up to 150Mbps.
Snapdragon 435 and Snapdragon 425 also unveiled
Alongside the new Snapdragon 625, Qualcomm also unveiled more mid-tier chipsets in the shape of Snapdragon 435 and 425. The former is an upgrade to last year’s Snapdragon 430 and it actually shares lots of traits with its predecessor. The newly launched SoC comes with an octa-core configuration, support for cameras of up to 21MP, as well as an Adreno 505 GPU. The only major addition to this new chipset is the support for X8 LTE modem to speed up wireless connections.
As far as the Snapdragon 425 is concerned, Qualcomm says it’s an upgrade to the previous Snapdragon 410 and Snapdragon 412. The new CPU brings faster wireless connectivity and improved battery life. This chipset comes with a quad-core configuration and is a 64-bit processor that features an Adreno 308 GPU. In addition to this, the 425 also supports Quick Charge 2.0 technology as well as camera sensors of up to 16MP.
Qualcomm also announced the new wearable-dedicated Snapdragon Wear 2100 chipset. However, the company said that these chipsets will start appearing in smartphones and related devices during the second half of this year.