Qualcomm has announced the first two chips of its next year SoC lineup at an event held in Hong Kong. The two new processors are called Snapdragon 430 and Snapdragon 617 and they will become available in Q2 2016 and at the end of year 2015, respectively. The chips are designed for use in mid-range phones and tablets.
The Snapdragon 430 offers the latest generation Adreno 505 graphics and has support for high-end mobile cameras. The chip supports X6 LTE connectivity with Cat 4 downlink speeds of up to 150 Mbps and Cat 5 uplink speeds of up to 75 Mbps. The chip has support for the brand new Quick Charge 3.0 technology and includes eight Cortex-A53 cores at up to 1.2 GHz on 20 nm tech process. In addition it has support for displays with resolutions of up to 1080p and cameras with up to 21 MP of pixel sensitivity.
The Snapdragon 617 is the faster chip of the two – it comes with X8 LTE with Cat 7, which allows for speeds of up to 300 Mbps down and 100 Mbps up. The chip packs eight Cortex-A53 cores at up to 1.5 GHz on 20 nm process technology, Adreno 405 graphics, Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology and support for up to 1080p displays and up to 21 MP cameras. Best of all, Qualcomm says the Snadragon 617 will be available at an affordable price.
We are now wondering which the first devices with the new chips inside will be.