Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon chips will bring premium features to mid-rangers

Qualcomm AI Day: Snapdragon 665, 730, 730G mobile platforms announced with focus on camera, AI and gaming

The mobile chipmaker said it expects devices based on the Snapdragon 730G to be available in mid-2019.

Talking about the Snapdragon 730 mobile platform, it's a step above the existing SD712 chipset and brings numerous advancements in tow. Replacing the Snapdragon 710, the new SoC comes with on-device AI to provide "intuitive image capture, exceptional gaming, and optimized performance". This includes the fourth generation, multi-core Qualcomm AI Engine with a Qualcomm Hexagon Tensor Accelerator that's dedicated to AI. It even supports HEIF format to better manage storage with photos and videos taking less space on your smartphone. Moreover, there's support for 4K HDR videos with real-time Portrait Mode. NVIDIA has also set up a huge business to provide graphics processing chips for the data center. There is also support for aptX Adaptive Audio and Qualcomm Aqstic. The Kryo 470 CPU in this year's chipset should boost performance by 35 percent. The Snapdragon X15 LTE Modem handles LTE download speeds as fast as 800Mbps.

Let us have a look at detailed specifications of the Snapdragon 665, Snapdragon 730, and the Snapdragon 730G. Each iteration of Snapdragon drives huge innovation that will surpass customer expectations."-Kedar Kondap, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc". He said that this is not a simple revision of the mobile phone processor, and its artificial intelligence processing capacity is 50 times that of the company's flagship mobile phone chip.

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The Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, 730 and 730G mobile platforms will deliver better gaming, artificial intelligence (AI), and camera performance.

While most of the hardware specs of the Snapdragon 730G remain the same as the 730, there's one essential upgrade that should please gamers. There is a Jank Reducer feature that removes up to 90% of janks with games running at 30fps. The Snapdragon 730 also supports other connectivity features like dual-band Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac/6 (with 2×2 MU-MIMO), GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, DisplayPort, and USB Type-C port. The market is expected to reach $17 billion by 2025.

Qualcomm on Tuesday unveiled a new range of mobile processors for mid-range devices. But that doesn't mean you won't find some interesting features on the chip, like the third generation Qualcomm AI Engine. Speaking of AI, the Spectra 165 ISP found in the chipset includes AI capabilities. The camera pipeline has also been improved, with Cinemagraph support added, along with HD super slow-mo at up to 960 fps. It is also the first Snapdragon 7xx series chipset with support for CV-ISP (computer vision image signal processor) and it supports hybrid autofocus. Phones and tablets sporting the Snapdragon 665 - which will be commercially ready "soon" Qualcomm says - and will hit stores shelves "shortly after". The CPU features two big performance Cortex-A76 cores clocked at 2.2GHz and six efficiency Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.8Ghz. The latter handles 4G LTE download speeds up to 600Mbps.

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