Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 665 and 730 processors

by Duey Guison  April 10, 2019

New chips to power the mid-range and upper mid-range line

Qualcomm announced two new processors at its AI Day conference in San Francisco with the Snapdragon 665 and Snapdragon 730.The Snapdragon 665 is similar to the Snapdragon 675: both have native support for triple cameras, and are manufactured using a 11nm process. They differ from one another as the Snapdragon 665 uses lower-clocked Kryo 260 cores (the same cores used by the Snapdragon 660), a downgraded Adreno 610 GPU and Spectra 165 ISP, and a slightly better Hexagon 686 DSP. In addition, the Snapdragon 665 only supports DDR4 RAM.

On the other hand, the Snapdragon 730 is Qualcomm’s first processor manufactured using an 8nm process. Designed to power upper mid-range phones, the Snapdragon 730 uses Kryo 470 cores, which are based on ARM’s Cortex-A76 architecture. It comes with an Adreno 618 GPU, a Hexagon 688 DSP, and Spectra 350 DSP. It has roughly the same features with the Snapdragon 710, though the Snapdragon 730 natively supports WiFi 6.

There’s also a gaming-focused variant called the Snapdragon 730G, which has a higher clocked GPU, support for 1440P displays, and native support for 960FPS slow-motion videos.

All three chips are expected to go on sale by mid-2019.

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