Qualcomm renames Snapdragon 620 and 618
Qualcomm has undertaken an interesting marketing step – the company has renamed its Snapdragon 618 and Snapdragon 620 chips and starting now they will be known as Snapdragon 650 and Snapdragon 652. The reason is simple – Qualcomm wants to make it easier for people to distinguish these two processors from the rest inside the Snapdragon 600 line.
This line now features numerous models such as the Snapdragon 600, Snapdragon 602A, Snapdragon 615, Snapdragon 616, Snapdragon 617 and more and by adding the Snapdragon 620 and Snapdragon 618 to these earlier processors Qualcomm thinks they will not get the attention they deserve. This indeed can be the case – the Snapdragon 620 and 618 are among the first chips from Qualcomm to feature ARM Cortex-A72 cores and Adreno 510 graphics. In addition to this the two new chips should offer much more performance compared to existing chips and if they are situated too close to earlier Snapdragon 600 chips there might be a lot of confusion and even worse – people may not realize the benefits that come with the (formerly) Snapdragon 620 and Snapdragon 618. So now you get new numbers.
The Snapdragon 650 and Snapdragon 652 will be available in early 2016 and they will likely power mid-range to high-end smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy A9.