Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 630 and 660 SoCs go for the middle lane

Apple A-Series and Qualcomm 800-series SoCs get the lion's share of attention in the mobile space, but not everyone buys an iPhone or a high-end Android device. Qualcomm's Snapdragon 630 and 660 SoCs are aimed at the soft center of the Android device market with their eight CPU cores in a big.LITTLE arrangement and upgraded graphics compared to the company's last round of mid-grade offerings. Qualcomm also touts the upgraded image signal processing, DSP, and Quick Charge 4 capabilities baked into the new Snapdragons.

The Snapdragon 630 has four Cortex-A53 CPU cores clocked at 2.2 GHz with another quartet clocked at 1.8 GHz, along with an Adreno 508 GPU. Qualcomm claims that Adreno 508 is 20% faster than the unit found in the previous-generation Snapdragon 626. Curiously, the company doesn't say whether the CPU performance in this new model is improved compared to its forebear.

Qualcomm's beefier Snapdragon 660 has four of Qualcomm's proprietary Kryo 260 Performance CPU cores boogieing at 2.2 GHz backed up by four Kryo 260 Efficiency cores at a more modest 1.8 GHz. The manufacturer claims this setup should result in a total CPU performance boost of up to 20% compared to the Snapdragon 653. An Adreno 512 GPU is along for the ride, with a claimed 30% boost over the GPU in ye olde Snapdragon 653.

Both Snapdragons pack Qualcomm's X12 LTE modem capable of a theoretical 600 Mbps downstream bandwidth, along with 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity. The Snapdragon 660 is available to manufacturing partners now. The company hopes to see devices with the 660 SoCs hitting shelves during the second quarter. Qualcomm expects to start shipping Snapdragon 630 chips before the end of the month, and expects that devices using it will ship by the end of the third quarter.

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    • Beahmont
    • 2 years ago

    Man, and people complain about Intel Product Numbers. But at least one can usually say that bigger numbers are better and be right. With Qualcomm though, one has no clue that a 653 is likely a mixed bag or a worse SoC than a 630 without a bunch of research.

    They really need to come up with a new naming convention. Preferably one that is less complicated and easier to distinguish generation and tier.

      • willmore
      • 2 years ago

      I have to refer to the wikipedia page of snapdragon chips every time I see one of their part numbers. Otherwise, I have *no* idea what’s what. They do make Intel’s crazy scheme make sense.

    • tipoo
    • 2 years ago

    4 fast A53s, 4 slow A53s, 4 hot A53s, 4 cold A53s, 4 A53s for when its raining, 4 for when its sunny, 4 for when you feel a little drab…

    And not a one core that’s great for those single thread bound tasks that can jank things up.

      • raddude9
      • 2 years ago

      The Snapdragon 660 has four 2.2Ghz Kyro260 cores. These cores are based on the A73, not the A53, so they should be reasonably quick.

        • tipoo
        • 2 years ago

        Sounds decent. Talking about the 630 though.

        • Chz
        • 2 years ago

        I suspect that, much like the Snapdragon 65(x) series, phones with that SoC will be rare as hen’s teeth. And the ones that do ship will have a ludicrous price that’s barely cheaper than an 800-series phone. Lookin’ at you, Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro. Bloody thing costs more than my Honor 8 that runs rings around it.

          • strangerguy
          • 2 years ago

          Yup, the only reasonably priced A72 SD650/562 phones is the Xiaomi Mi Max (and its an outstanding phone IMO). The 660 is just gonna be a more or less vaporware since its too close to comfort to QC’s 835 flagships from the OEM perspective.

            • willmore
            • 2 years ago

            What about the Le Eco S3? I keep seeing it for $169 at Newegg.

      • ronch
      • 2 years ago

      4 A53s to rule them
      4 A53s to find them.
      4 A53s to bring them all
      and in the darkness bind them.

      Sorry, can’t help it. 🙂

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