It’s the world of SoCs, the better the SoC the better the device. Qualcomm is a leading force in the SoC market, its SoCs have accompanied some of the latest and best consumer electronics and they have been missing on only few mobile devices. Yesterday, Qualcomm released a new set of SoCs for mobile phones and Smartwatches, and we even had a processor for the first ever gigabits LTE modem.
The three SoCs for mobiles are Snapdragon 625, Snapdragon 435 and Snapdragon 425. Each of these processors will be on Smartphones that will be released after the first half of this year as most devices that are still in production already have other SoCs. The company stated that it has made advancements in its production and these processors are designed to support longer battery lives, higher performances, and better experiences. The company also released a SoC for Smartwatches, it is called; “the Snapdragon Wear 2100” and lastly, it released the Snapdragon X16 gigabit LTE modem.
These three sets of the latest mobile SoCs are programmed to support LTE and carrier aggregation. The SoCs will also support Wi-Fi 802.11ac, dual-camera ISPs, Qualcomm Hexagon DSP and Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0. The Snapdragon 625 will be Qualcomm’s first SoC that will be coming with a 14nm FinFET technology. The Snapdragon 625 has eight ARM Cortex-A53 cores that are clocked at 2GHz. It will also be the first to sport a Qualcomm Adreno 506 GPU, OpenGL ES 3.1+, support for eMMC 5.1 storage with microSD 3.0, LPDDR3 933MHz memory, 24MP camera that comes with a Dual Image sensor processor, 4K resolution video capture and1900x1200 display that’s clocked 60fps.
The SoC also supports X9 LTE connectivity along with a global mode FDD, LTE TDD, WCDMA, CDMA1x, TD-SCDMA and GSM. The SoC also has the ability to power Cat.7 download speeds of about 300Mbps and an upload speed of 150Mbps. Talking of its connectivity strengths, the SoC supports USB 3.0, NFC and Bluetooth 4.1.
When we took a look at the Snapdragon 425, we discovered that it would feature ARM Cortex-A53 cores that are clocked at 1.4 GHz. It would also be supporting Qualcomm Adreno 308 GPU, eMMC 5.1 storage, LPDDR3 667MHz memory, 16MP cameras, 1080p video capturing and around 1280×800 displays that are marked at 60fps.
Still on the Snapdragon 425, we will be seeing a SoC that would be supporting X6 LTE connectivity; it would be able to handle LTE Cat. 4 speeds of 150Mbps download and it would be supporting 75Mbps upload speeds. The Snapdragon 435 processor will be supporting connectivity options like USB 2.0, NFC and Bluetooth 4.1.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor comes with eight ARM Cortex-A53 cores that are clocked at 1.4GHz each. It also sports Qualcomm Adreno 505 GPU and OpenGL ES 3.1+. The SoC supports eMMC 5.1, 21MP cameras, 1080 pixels videos, and a 1080 display that’s clocked at 60fps along with an output that’s marked at 1080p.
The Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor is 30 percent smaller than the previous Snapdragon 400 that is used on most Smartwatches, and it would consume 25 percent less power than traditional Smartwatches. The connectivity front has also been improved as the SoC would be supporting Bluetooth, LTE and Wi-Fi.
The Snapdragon X16 LTE will be coming as one of the fastest SoCs around with its speed being clocked at 450Mbps. It would be using three 20MHz carriers and it would have the ability to capture 10 streams of LTE data with four antennas. The company has said that this will be the first SoC to use this type of signal processing.