Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 665, 730 and 730G mobile processors

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

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

With the Snapdragon 730 and Snapdragon 730G Mobile Platforms, we're elevating on-device experiences in gaming, AI, camera, power, and performance - and we're using our fourth generation Qualcomm AI Engine to support it all.

Though most premium smartphones use Qualcomm's 8-series CPUs like the Snapdragon 855, the new 7-series chips are designed for a slightly cheaper but still premium phone.

With the Snapdragon 730, you can connect quickly and effortlessly virtually wherever you are. As with other Snapdragon chips, the 730/730G consists of a Kryo CPU and Adreno GPU, a dedicated Spectra image processor for the smartphone's camera, plus the Hexagon DSP that's optimized for AI capabilities.

The third mobile processor is created to improve gaming performance on premium mid-range smartphones.

Here's a closer look at what to expect from Qualcomm's latest chipsets and when you'll see them in future smartphones. All three processors offer plenty of power, features, alongside new experiences in AI, gaming and camera. The Snapdragon 665 tops out at Quick Charge 3.0. The ISP provides four times the power savings as its predecessor and can support a triple-camera setup made up of telephoto, ultra-wide and portrait lenses. That's the kind of feature limited to high-end phones such as the Galaxy S10 and LG V40 at the moment, so that kind of support on a mid-level chipset should bring triple-lens setups to less expensive phones. All three chipsets are designed with camera, gaming, and AI (Artificial Intelligence) in focus.

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The emphasis on camera features is no accident. It also gets the Hexagon 686 DSP, with Qualcomm's 3rd-gen AI engine for 2x faster on-device AI processing.

The Snapdragon 730G is also the first chipset in 700-series to support HDR gaming, with 10-bit color depth, Rec 2020 color gamut, and over 1 billion shades of color. Key, it has up to 15-percent faster graphics rendering over the Snapdragon 730, thanks to a faster clock speed for the Adreno 618 GPU.

Compared to the 710, which it is probably replacing, the Snapdragon 730 upgrades the two "big" CPU cores from Kryo 360 (based on ARM Cortex-A75) to Kryo 470 (Cortex-A76), while keeping the same maximum clock speed of 2.2 GHz. Qualcomm also developed a feature called the Jank Reducer to reduce jank / stuttering by up to 90 percent in games running at 30 frames per second. Called the Snapdragon 730G mobile processor, the chipset will offer select Snapdragon elite gaming features, up to 15 per cent faster graphics rendering over the Snapdragon 730, an overclocked Adreno 618 GPU, HDR gaming for the first time, 35 per cent jump in CPU performance and 25 per cent faster graphics rendering. Qualcomm's Snapdragon X15 LTE modem is included on the mobile platform, and there's WiFi 6 support. It's also the first 7-series chip to offer "HDR gaming". Speaking of AI, the Spectra 165 ISP found in the chipset includes AI capabilities. You'll be able to capture photos using the HEIF format, too, meaning smaller file sizes.

We haven't really seen any phones in the USA that use Snapdragon 7 series chipsets, with phone makers either opting for the flagship Snapdragon 8 series or midrange 6 series platforms. That's likely to change with the Snapdragon 730, as Kondap said that one 7 series-powered device would be coming to North America.

Like the Snapdragon 665, the Snapdragon 730 and 730G should appear in devices around mid-year.

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