Most of us at TR drool over the highest-end smartphones and tablets, but mid-range devices can provide a good experience at modest prices, too. Qualcomm hasn't forgotten this segment of the market, and it's announced a pair of new models in the Snapdragon 600 and 400 families alongside the high-end Snapdragon 820.
The first chip is the Snapdragon 617, which appears to be a close relative of the existing Snapdragon 615 and Snapdragon 620 SoCs. The 617 uses the same eight-core Cortex A53 CPU and Adreno 405 graphics of the 615, but many of its other components have been changed. Like the 620, the 617 uses dual 21-megapixel image signal processors (ISP). It also has 802.11ac MU-MIMO Wi-Fi and a Category 7 LTE modem good for up to 300-Mbps downloads.
The baby of the family is the Snapdragon 430, with eight 1.2GHz Cortex A53 cores and Adreno 505 graphics. Like its higher-end siblings, the 430 has dual 21-megapixel ISPs. Unlike the larger 617 and 820, though, the 430 gets by with just 802.11n/ac Wi-Fi and a Category 4 LTE radio good for up to 150 megabits per second.
Qualcomm says both of the new Snapdragon chips will support Quick Charge 3.0 and include Hexagon 500-series DSPs. The 617 will show up first, and the company says to expect it in devices by the end of 2015. The 430 will come after that, sometime "later in 2016."