Qualcomm has announced three midrange SoC's aimed at the 4G market. The plans for the chips are an acknowledgment from the company that it'll be a while until 5G is in use by most people, and it's making sure its 4G chips have the latest features in the meantime.
The Snapdragon 720G, 662, and 460 have differing price point and performance but include features like Wi-Fi 6 support, integrated Bluetooth 5.1m an X11 or X15 modem. This is likely to make them popular with OEMs, alongside massive promises of improvement in the performance department.
The leap in the lowest end chipset, the Snapdragon 460, appears particularly impressive. Qualcomm says there's a 70% CPU boost thanks to the use of performance CPU cores. Meanwhile, it says an updated GPU architecture will lead to a 60% increase compared to an Andreno 506.
Meanwhile, the flagship mid-range chip here is a 720G. This one is designed for use in gaming and comes with “select Qualcomm Snapdragon Elite Gaming features”. These additions include HDR gameplay with dynamic color range, high-quality aptX audio, and smooth frame rates. The HDR extends to media, too, while it can capture up to 4K video or 192-megapixel photos.
Snapdragon 662 focuses on camera and AI, rather than gaming. It'll be capable for tasks like night photography, avatars, and face and voice authentication. It'll also support triple cameras for the first time in a 6-series lineup, with support for HIEF files.
The 720G will sport a Snapdragon X15 modem at up to 800mbps, while the 662 and 460 have an X11 with downloads of up to 390 mbps. In general, these chips should make non-flagship devices even more desirable, though it will naturally depend on the price at which they're available. Xiaomi says it'll be one of the first brands to launch a 720G device, alongside realme, who will launch devices with 665's and 720G's as part of its realme 5 lineup.