Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 660 Chipset

Today, Qualcomm has introduced a new mobile chipset for the smartphone market – the Snapdragon 660 SoC. Being positioned only under the flagship 800 series, this new processor is expected to bring a flagship-tier performance onto mid-range handsets

The Snapdragon 660 will be the successor to the successful Qualcomm’s 653 model last year. The new chipset is produced on 14nm process and is based on the Kryo 260 cores, switching from the octa-core ARM Cortex-A72 and A53 big.LITTLE on its predecessor.

Although Qualcomm hasn’t spilled exactly what makes up its Kryo 260 core, there is still a similar Built on ARM Cortex Technology license, which the company used for the Kryo 280 with some inside tweaks and a new custom silicon layout. The Kryo 260 comes in a form of octa-core arrangement, featuring with four high-speed cores clocked at 2.2GHz with 1MB of L2 cache, while other cores are clocked at 1.8GHz.

In terms of GPU, the Snapdragon 660 owns a more powerful Adreno 512, an upgrade from the Adreno 510 inside the 653 SoC. Qualcomm claims that this new GPU will create 20-percent boost to CPU performance as well as 30-percent gains to GPU workloads.

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Moreover, inside the Snapdragon 660 includes an improved X12 LTE modem, Quick Charge 4.0 support, USB Type-C 3.1, Bluetooth 5.0, an Spectra 160 ISP with EIS 3.0, 2×double Wi-Fi, and the  Hexagon 642 DSP unit with All-Ways Aware technology and HVX.

For consumers, the Snapdragon 660 SoC supports for dual camera hardware as well as enhances processing image capabilities, including optical zoom, eye tracking, depth mapping, and Clear Sight sensor arrangements. This is all that are tied in with Qualcomm to focus on machine learning capabilities, which is designed to take advantage of the most efficient processing components for any given task. With the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, battery life has also received some extra when it can last more 2 hours of when compared to the 653 chipset.

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