Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, 630

Qualcomm has finally announced the Snapdragon 660 and Snapdragon 630. They succeed the Snapdragon 653 and Snapdragon 625 respectively. The newly launched processors come with Quick Charge 4, Bluetooth 5.0 and several other improvements. Qualcomm has already begun shipping Snapdragon 660 to the manufacturers and will start the same for Snapdragon 630 later this month.

Both the Snapdragon 660 and 630 come with tons of enhancements over their predecessors. However, it is the former which steals the show. The Snapdragon 660 is a premium midrange SoC which can even put flagship chipsets to shame. The 64-bit octa-core chipset packs eight Kyro 260 cores running up to 2.2 GHz.

In terms of multi-core performance, the Snapdragon 660 can surpass even the Snapdragon 821. However, the latter would post a better single-core result due to its Kyro 280 CPU which is more powerful than the Kyro 260 of the former. Nevertheless, the SD 660 has lots of other things that matches the flagship Snapdragon 820 / 821.

Coming to the Qualcomm 630, it is a power efficient mid-range SoC with top notch connectivity options. The successor of the Snapdragon 625 is mainly aimed at affordable mid-range smartphones. It offers features similar to the Snapdragon 660 while being significantly less powerful.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Specifications

Snapdragon 660 Specifications

  • Octa-core 64-bit Kyro 260 CPU – 4 x 2.2 GHz, 4 x 1.8 GHz
  • Adreno 512 GPU
  • 14 nm manufacturing process
  • Up to 8 GB LPDDR4 1866 MHz dual-channel RAM support
  • USB 3.1
  • X12 LTE Modem with up to 600 Mbps download and 150 Mbps upload speeds
  • Supports LTE Dual SIM with worldwide 2G/3G/4G network compatibility
  • Supports VoLTE, Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) with LTE call continuity and HD and Ultra HD Voice (EVS)
  • Qualcomm Hexagon 680 DSP
  • Qualcomm Spectra 160 image sensor processor supports 24 MP single camera and 16 MP + 16 MP dual camera
  • Qualcomm Clear Sight can accommodate zero shutter lag, optical zoom, hybrid autofocus with supported camera module
  • Up to 4K Ultra HD video capture @ 30 fps, Up to 1080p video capture @120 fps
  • Up to 4K Ultra HD video playback with H.264 (AVC), H.265 (HEVC), VP9, VP8 codec support
  • Up to 2560 x 1600 (Quad HD+) primary display and up to 4K external screen support
  • Dual-band (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz) MU-MIMO (2×2) Wi-Fi with up to 867 Mbps speed support
  • Supported location services are – GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS, Assisted GPS, OTDOA (LTE-based positioning), Low Power Geofencing and Tracking, Sensor-assisted Navigation
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • NFC (Near Field Communication)
  • Up to 4W speaker output power with inbuilt speaker protection
  • Qualcomm Quick Charge 4 technology

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 Specifications

Snapdragon 630 Specifications

  • Octa-core 64-bit Cortex A53 CPU – 4 x 2.2 GHz, 4 x 1.8 GHz
  • Adreno 508 GPU
  • 14 nm manufacturing process
  • Up to 8 GB LPDDR4 1333 MHz dual-channel RAM support
  • USB 3.1
  • X12 LTE Modem with up to 600 Mbps download and 150 Mbps upload speeds
  • Supports LTE Dual SIM with worldwide 2G/3G/4G network compatibility
  • Supports VoLTE, Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) with LTE call continuity and HD and Ultra HD Voice (EVS)
  • Qualcomm Hexagon 642 DSP
  • Qualcomm Spectra 160 image sensor processor supports 24 MP single camera and 16 MP + 16 MP dual camera
  • Qualcomm Clear Sight can accommodate zero shutter lag, optical zoom, hybrid autofocus with supported camera module
  • Up to 4K Ultra HD video capture @ 30 fps, Up to 1080p video capture @120 fps
  • Up to 4K Ultra HD video playback with H.264 (AVC), H.265 (HEVC), VP9, VP8 codec support
  • Up to 1920 x 1200 (Full HD+) primary display and up to 1080p external screen support
  • Dual-band (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz) MU-MIMO (2×2) Wi-Fi with up to 433 Mbps speed support
  • Supported location services are – GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS, Assisted GPS, OTDOA (LTE-based positioning), Low Power Geofencing and Tracking, Sensor-assisted Navigation
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • NFC (Near Field Communication)
  • Up to 4W speaker output power with inbuilt speaker protection
  • Qualcomm Quick Charge 4 technology

Release Date of Devices with Snapdragon 660 and 630

Qualcomm has announced that it has already started to ship the Snapdragon 660 chip to potential manufacturers. So, devices loaded with the SD 660 should start to arrive within the next couple of months.

Speaking of the Snapdragon 630, the company will start delivering it to the manufacturers later this month. So, expect the Snapdragon 630 powered smartphones to come in later this year.