Qualcomm unveils its newest mobile platform, the Snapdragon 710, making it easier to create midrange smartphones equipped with premium features.
Snapdragon 710 Mobile Platform Improves 660 Performance
The Snapdragon 710 Mobile Platform is based on 10nm architecture. It is the first in the 700 series sitting between the 600-tier chips for midrange phones and 800-tier for flagships.
It brings significant improvements over the Snapdragon 600 series, bearing twice the overall AI performance of the Snapdragon 660. It also offers a 20 percent boost in performance and 20 percent reduced power consumptions.
"The Snapdragon 710 Mobile Platform is the first in the newly defined and highly significant 700-tier, offering technologies and features previously only available in our premium-tier mobile platforms," said Kedar Kondap, vice president of Product Management.
"By incorporating key AI capabilities and performance advancements, the Snapdragon 710 is designed to transform our customers' products into the ultimate personal assistant."
Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 Chip Specifications
The Snapdragon 710 features the Snapdragon X15 LTE modem, custom Kryo 360 CPU cores, Hexagon 685 DSP, and Adreno 616 Visual Processing Subsystem. It also has Qualcomm's Spectra 250 dual ISP and Aqstic Audio.
True to Qualcomm's claim, the paper specs follow closely behind its high-end offerings, such as the Snapdragon 845 chip found in today's flagship smartphones. Its performance will likely put in between the Snapdragon 820 and 835, but fans have yet to see.
The X15 modem is a step-down from the X20 modem of the 800 series. It offers up to 800 Mbps download speed and improved signal strength. It does not hold a candle to the 845, yet it should provide enough speed for most users.
The Spectra 250 ISP delivers resolutions with up to 20 megapixels for dual-camera configurations or 32 megapixels for single cameras. Enhancements to the Adreno 616 graphics allows for a 40 percent reduction in power consumption for both 4K video and gaming.
The Kryo 360 architecture is built on ARM Cortex technology and supports up to 20 percent uplift in performance, 15 percent faster launch times, and 25 percent faster browsing as compared with the Snapdragon 660.
Snapdragon 710-Equipped Smartphones Will Start Appearing Soon
The end result is something like a semi-premium chip, which might be marketed toward flagship Android phones in other countries rather than in the United States. Midrange phones do not hold much ground in the country, whereas brands like Xiaomi and Vivo are popular on outside markets.
Overall, the Snapdragon 710 Mobile Platform promises to provide just what the users need. Qualcomm says that consumer devices equipped with the chip will be launched in the second quarter of the year.