Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 865 and 765 processors, which are delivered alongside 5G modems – either integrated or separate, are not the only new components we will have this year on mid-range and high-end smartphones. The US component manufacturer announced today three new chipsets for mid-range and entry-level devices, which are the solutions for 4G models in 2020. We expect to see many devices using Snapdragon 720G, 662, and 460 this year, as they will most likely be integrated into some of the best-selling budget phones.
Each year, Qualcomm releases at least one version for each processor on each stage of performance. Usually, the first one presented is the top one, but this year, because 5G technology will enter the “mainstream” and needs affordable solutions of this kind, the Snapdragon 865 was presented alongside the mid-range 765 model, the first of this range equipped with a new generation modem.
Snapdragon 720G: a new chipset for cheaper gaming phones
Of course, not all users will make the switch to 5G this year, and probably not in the next 2 or 3 years, as the development of new networks will be a long process. Thus, for those who do not plan to switch to a 5G phone but still want to keep up with the performance, Qualcomm proposes an alternative on the upper mid-range segment: the Snapdragon 720G processor, a new model with gaming-oriented features, made on 8nm lithography.
It somehow complements Qualcomm’s portfolio, delivering performance somewhere between the Snapdragon 710, an older generation chipset and the 730G, a gaming processor released last year, which is still performing well. The new Snapdragon 720G uses 8 Kryo 645 cores at 2.3 GHz, an Adreno 618 graphics chip, allows up to 192-megapixel cameras, and is compatible with new standards such as Dual VoLTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, QuickCharge 4.0 and download speeds up to 800 Mbps for download and 300 Mbps for upload (X15 LTE modem). It allows the recording of video content up to 4K at 30 frames per second.
Among the advanced technologies it promises for gamers we have HDR display mode, wireless sound synchronization through aptX Adaptive technology and dynamic color gamut.
Snapdragon 662: the new mid-range with support for many cameras
The Snapdragon 662 is only slightly better equipped than the previous 660. It uses 8 Kryo 260 cores at 2 GHz, Adreno 610 graphics chip, allows the use of three cameras and supports up to 48-megapixel resolutions for photography and 1080p at 60 frames per second for video.
This model also uses Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1, but only allows for fast loading on the QuickCharge 3 standard, as well as lower download and upload speeds (390/150 Mbps), as it uses a more modest modem: the X11 LTE.
Snapdragon 460: mid-range budget
Finally, mid-range and lower-end phones will have the Snapdragon 460 available in 2020, a chipset not much different from the Snapdragon 662, but a bit cheaper for phone manufacturers. They can offer devices that integrate it at more affordable prices.
The processor is based on an 8-core design, but these are Kryo 240 models at 1.8 GHz, with the same Adreno 610 on the top model. This model also allows for 48 megapixel sensors and 1080p shooting at 60 frames per second, similar download speeds using the X11 LTE modem and QuickCharge 3 fast charging.
Qualcomm partners who have already confirmed the use of new chips for mobile include Realme. It is also normal to hear about one of the most popular brands in India, as the announcement of the new processors was made during an event held there. Oppo subsidiary has already promised a phone equipped with Snapdragon 720G, probably a budget device for the young audience, passionate about gaming and photography.