After Snapdragon 835, Qualcomm is reportedly prepping the launch of the new Snapdragon 660 processor. The company has now started sending media invites for an event on May 9 where it is expected to showcase its latest offering.
The Snapdragon 660 will likely be targetted at smartphones that fall under the high-end mid-range category. The mid-range smartphone market is still the most active and competitive segments, where manufacturers find it rather hard to differentiate their products from other competitors.
The Snapdragon 660 will likely be deployed on mid-range smartphones.It is the successor to the Snapdragon 625, though won’t be as powerful as the new Snapdragon 835. As it’s built around the 14nm manufacturing process, as opposed to the 10nm manufacturing process used inside the Snapdragon 835.
Snapdragon 660: Technical Specifications
As already mentioned, the Snapdragon 660 is built using the 14nm manufacturing process. Besides, the processor packs four Cortex-A73 cores clocked at 2.3GHz, along with four Cortex A-53 cores clocked at 1.9GHz. Elsewhere, the chipset will feature X10 LTE and offer support for Quick Charge 4.0 fast charging.
The Snapdragon 660 will also feature four Cortex-A73 cores clocked at 2.3GHz, further bundled with four Cortex-A53 cores capable of reaching clock speeds of 1.9GHz.
Besides, the chipset will also feature two channels for LPDDR4X 1886 MHz RAM along with support for UFS 2.1 flash memory. As far as graphics are concerned, the octa-core Snapdragon 660 will be coupled with Adreno 512 graphics processing unit.
According to the AnTuTU listing, it will support dual-channel LPDDR4X-1866 memory, up to 24MP camera, LTE Cat. 10 and three carrier aggregation.
It’s worth mentioning that the upcoming Nokia 7 and 8, along with the Xperia X Ultra are rumored to ship with the new Snapdragon 660 platform. Besides, the upcoming Xiaomi Mi Max is also said to feature the Snapdragon 660, along with a few smartphones from Samsung’s Galaxy C series.
In other related news, Qualcomm has reportedly started working on its next top-of-the-line processor – expected to be called the Snapdragon 845. Sources indicate that the upcoming Galaxy S9 is likely to pack the Snapdragon 845.
The processor is expected to offer a slew of performance improvements over the recently launched Snapdragon 835, along with improved battery life. The company’s current flagship chipset the Snapdragon 835 is featured in the newly launched Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. Also, the rumored HTC U 11 flagship along with the OnePlus 5 could also get powered by the Snapdragon 835.
But with the mid-range smartphone market becoming more competitive by the day – that’s what Qualcomm is gunning for with the Snapdragon 660. We’ll hear more on May 9, when Qualcomm officially announces its new mid-range chipset.