As far as 5G smartphone chipsets go, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 might be the best known, but there's one issue: It's as expensive as it is powerful. The company's new Snapdragon 690 chipset is a little different -- instead of powering new flashy new flagships, it's going into much more reasonably priced phones. The next 5G-capable step down from there, the Snapdragon 765, can usually be found in devices that cost between $500 and $700. Meanwhile, phones with the relatively new, LTE-only Snapdragon 675 typically sell between $300 and $400. Although Qualcomm doesn't produce its own phones and can't confirm what the typical Snapdragon 690 phone will cost, it seems clear that the age of the cheap 5G phone is nearly here.
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. today announced three new additions to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 and 400 tiers - the Snapdragon 632, 439 and 429 Mobile Platforms. These platforms are engineered to bring higher performance, better battery life, more efficient designs, impressive graphics and artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities into the highest-selling Snapdragon tiers. Qualcomm debuts Snapdragon 429, 439 and 632 Mobile Platforms Qualcomm continues to bring more premium technology advancements to lower Snapdragon tiers, which is helping to transform the mass-market consumer experience. Snapdragon 632 The new Snapdragon 632 brings some of the most sought-after mobile experiences, including mainstream gaming, 4K video capture, artificial intelligence, and fast LTE speeds-all for an affordable price. Built on advanced FinFET process technology, the Snapdragon 632 boasts up to 40% higher performance thanks to the combination of the Qualcomm Kryo 250 CPU and Qualcomm Adreno 506 GPU.
Qualcomm has officially announced the Snapdragon 850 mobile platform for Windows 10 PCs. The new processor will be powering new Always Connected Windows 10 PCs that are scheduled to arrive during the 2018 holiday season. The Snapdragon 850 processor is almost exactly like the Snapdragon 845. However, the 850 was specifically designed for Always Connected Windows 10 PCs. The Snapdragon 850 includes the Snapdragon 845's Kryo 385 CPU cores, an Adreno 630 GPU, Hexagon 685 DSP, support for 1.2Gbps LTE and Spectra 280 image signal processor, according to Android Police.
Roughly a month after launching the Snapdragon 888 for next-gen smartphones, Qualcomm decided to go back to its earlier Snapdragon 865 to tweak it once again, resulting in the upgraded Snapdragon 870. In a nutshell, the new Snapdragon 870 is a faster version of the original Snapdragon 865. Qualcomm corralled a number of its partners to endorse the new 870 chip, including OnePlus. Devices based on the Snapdragon 870 will be released this quarter, Qualcomm said. Tweaks to existing Snapdragon processors aren't unusual; after all, last July's Snapdragon 865 Plus was the first time Qualcomm tweaked the Snapdragon 865.
PCs powered by Qualcomm's first-generation Snapdragon PC processor struggled with performance issues while providing incredible all-day battery life. Qualcomm has addressed these problems with the new Snapdragon 850, adding 30 percent more performance while extending its already incredible battery life another 20 percent to what it now calls "multi-day" longevity. If you expected this second generation of Always Connected PCs (ACPCs) to be powered by the Snapdragon 845 Qualcomm showed off last year, you'd be forgiven. But that chip was specifically designed for phones, while the new 850--powered by a 2.95GHz Kryo CPU--was optimized for the PC, Miguel Nunes, senior director of product management at Qualcomm, said in advance of the Computex trade show in Taipei. What makes the Snapdragon 850 PCs special, boils down to three numbers: 30 percent more performance (including graphics) than the Snapdragon 835, with 20 percent more battery life and 20 percent faster gigabit LTE speeds.