[HOT] : Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 778G Plus, 695, 480 Plus and 680 chips: all you need to know

These are more mid-cycle updates than full upgrades.

Qualcomm is revamping its Snapdragon 7, 6 and 4 series with the launch of the system on chip (SoC) models Snapdragon 778G Plus, Snapdragon 695, Snapdragon 480 Plus and Snapdragon 680. These are more mid-cycle updates than full upgrades, which makes a lot of sense in this time of COVID, when the entire industry is grappling with a shortage of chips.

The San Diego-based chipmaker is also dropping some sales and growth figures while announcing these new chips. Qualcomm claims its Snapdragon 7 series grew 44% last year alone due to “huge high-profile demand.” Additionally, more than 85 devices have been announced or under development based on the Snapdragon 480, Qualcomm’s entry-level 5G chip. Overall, there is “significant traction and momentum across all levels of Snapdragon,” according to the company.

As previously mentioned, the newly announced Snapdragon 778G Plus, Snapdragon 695, Snapdragon 480 Plus, and Snapdragon 680 aren’t reinventing the wheel, but they should help the industry move forward with multiple options available at all price points. Of the four, the Snapdragon 778G Plus, Snapdragon 695, and Snapdragon 480 Plus are 5G compatible while the Snapdragon 680 is 4G only.

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Let’s start with the Snapdragon 778G Plus. It is a slightly modified version of the popular Snapdragon 778G. It also has a slightly faster processor and a faster graphics processor. It has the same Kryo 670 Prime core as the Snapdragon 778G, but it can now clock higher: 2.5 GHz versus 2.4 GHz. The Adreno 642L GPU is also being renewed, but it would now be 20% more powerful.

The Snapdragon 695 brings more upgrades over the Snapdragon 690. It packs faster Kryo 660 processor cores, making it up to 15% faster. It also has a modified Adreno 619 GPU which is said to be 30% faster than that of the Snapdragon 690. Not only that, there is also a manufacturing difference. The Snapdragon 695 is based on a 6nm process (compared to 8nm in the Snapdragon 690). The mmWave 5G support, which was lacking in its predecessor, completes the package.

The Snapdragon 480 Plus is similar to the Snapdragon 480 but it has a slightly faster processor (2.2 GHz vs. 2.0 GHz).

As for the Snapdragon 680, it uses Kryo 265 processor cores, the Adreno 610 GPU and the all new triple ISP, the Spectra 346.

Qualcomm says all of these new chips are expected to launch commercially in Q4 2021.

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