Qualcomm introduces 11nm Snapdragon 675 with new CPU

Qualcomm launches Snapdragon 675, a mid-range chip designed for mobile gaming

Where that leaves the Snapdragon 670 - which launched just a few months ago - remains to be seen, but Qualcomm likely feels that the Snapdragon 675 is differentiated enough to stand on its own.

Qualcomm is able to do so by a combination of new hardware and improved efficiency. It supports up to 8GB of RAM and has Qualcomm Adreno 612 GPU for gaming. The new Kryo 460 CPU features 2x high-performance cores clocked at 2.0GHz and 6x power efficient cores clocked at 1.7GHz.

Finally, AI. This was the main highlight of the earlier Snapdragon 670 with its multi-core AI engine (consisting of the Hexagon 685 DSP, Kryo CPU and Adreno GPU), and back then the focus was on improving battery management, capturing better photos and enhancing voice recognition for toggling smart assistants.

Soon after the announcement of the SD675 SoC, Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi said that it'll launch a new mid-range smartphone powered by the Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 675 processor, which is manufactured using the 11nm process.

The new Snapdragon 675 will offer smoother gameplay with software optimizations.

Qualcomm is also partnering with game publishers and designers to optimize their titles for the Snapdragon 675 platform, with the company noting that the chipset is optimized for Unity, Unreal, Messiah, and NeoX game engines. The new chipset supports a triple camera configuration in the front or back and can support numerous popular camera features of smartphones today, including enhanced portrait mode, 3D face unlock, wide angle, super wide angle, and telephoto up to 5x optical zoom. It also supports limitless slo-mo - capable of recording extended slo-mo video clips in HD, not limited to one second or shorter bursts. Further, it includes X12 LTE modem with 600Mbps download speeds and 3x carrier acceleration, Wi-Fi 802.11ac 2×2 with MU-MIMIO, tri-band and Bluetooth 5.0.

Better camera processing is another selling point for the 675. Qualcomm also touts that the SD675 includes support for its Aqstic and aptX audio technologies.

According to Qualcomm, the first Snapdragon 675-equipped smartphones will ship early next year.

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