Snapdragon 700-series SoCs slot in between midrange and flagship

Today at the Mobile World Congress 2018, Qualcomm announced a forthcoming series of Snapdragon SoCs. Perhaps obviously, the new Snapdragon 700 series chips are intended to slot in between the 600- and 800-series offerings to fill the yawning performance chasm between those two. To that end, Qualcomm says it will outfit the 700-series SoCs with "features and performance" previously exclusive to the top-tier 800 series units.

The 700-series chips include Kryo-family CPU cores and Adreno GPUs that are likely a step up from those in the 660. Much like the rest of the Snapdragon family from the 660 and up, the coming chips also include the company's Spectra ISP (image signal processor) and Hexagon Vector Processor.

Qualcomm isn't really talking specifics with this announcement, so all we have to go on are the company's broad comparisons to the Snapdragon 660. Purportedly, the Snapdragon 700-series chips will perform twice as fast as the existing 660 when handling on-device AI applications. The company notes that the Spectra ISP onboard the 700s should help improve a device's image and video capture, though it didn't go into specifics. Qualcomm also says the new chips could offer a 30% improvement in power efficiency compared to the extant Snapdragon 660. Naturally, the 700-series chips will support the company's Quick Charge 4+ tech, as well as Bluetooth 5 and "ultra-fast" LTE.

It'll be a bit before you'll see the Snapdragon 700s in phones, though. Qualcomm isn't shipping samples of the chips to mobile vendors yet, but it says it expects to do so in the first half of this year. If we had to guess, we'll probably see Snapdragon 700-equipped devices announced at the end of the year to launch at next year's MWC.

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    • christos_thski
    • 2 years ago

    Is there any merit to talking about “AI” in mobile space as if it is a specific, different kind of workload? For all they hype I have still to understand why and how Kirin 970 is an “AI” cpu, mind you. Best answer yet was… “it kinda predicts your most used apps and shit” (oh really?)

    Am I missing something? Because so far this whole shebang sound to me like the Pentium 4’s BLAST INTERNET PROCESSING.

      • ronch
      • 2 years ago

      Looks like they need these AI things to track all of us better.

      • Beahmont
      • 2 years ago

      It has fixed hardware that is designed to run specific AI algorithms more efficiently than the CPU cores and the GPU cores.

      • tipoo
      • 2 years ago

      They’re tiny neural net enhanced GPU-like compute blocks (reduced precision for more NN performance), but AI sounds cooler on a marketing slide lol.

    • ronch
    • 2 years ago

    Who would’ve thought that 7 would slot in between 6 and 8. I’m just blown away, guys.

    • DancinJack
    • 2 years ago

    Blah Blah Blah. Qcomm better actually start doing something worthwhile instead of slapping the latest A-series into a SoC. The new Exynos SoC crushes the 845 on single threaded performance and obviously so does the 6-8 month old A11.

      • tipoo
      • 2 years ago

      The Exynos seems to exhibit difficulty applying that power on everything but Geekbench though. Likely culprits are either the pre-release new scheduler, or else it’s very power limited on how long it can keep the big cores on and that happens to match well with Geekbench’s subtests, which everything now completes so fast they last seconds of heatup followed by seconds of cooldown.

      Geekbench 5 with sustained performance metrics would be timely…

      This all also makes the A11 and A10 seem even more impressive, as they can effectively apply that performance in all other tests…

        • DancinJack
        • 2 years ago

        I think most of that has to due with the way things are tuned right now. Let’s see a release model and then make conclusions.

          • tipoo
          • 2 years ago

          Absolutely, I’ll be curious to see. If it’s in the pre production scheduler Exynos could be impressive.

      • rnalsation
      • 2 years ago

      [quote<]The new Exynos SoC crushes the 845 on single threaded performance...[/quote<] Sorta. [url<]https://www.anandtech.com/show/12478/exynos-9810-handson-awkward-first-results[/url<]

        • DancinJack
        • 2 years ago

        Did you see the graphs? I mean, you’re just proving my point.

          • thedosbox
          • 2 years ago

          As the other two who replied to you noted, the single threaded geekbench result doesn’t seem to be replicated in any other test.

            • DancinJack
            • 2 years ago

            Only one person noted that, but that’s fine.

            There is very clearly something wrong with the scheduler here. The Exynos may very well be behind the 845 in some benchmarks when all is said and done, but the info we have right now says the Exynos beats the 845 quite handily in single threaded tests. And as far as I know, none of the rest of those tests are mainly single threaded.

            And hey, SD845 might gain some performance in retail units too. Unfortunately we can only go off the data we have at hand. I still think my point stands. Qcomm needs to get back to making some real advances instead of sticking whatever A series CPU ARM puts out that year into their top tier SoC.

      • UberGerbil
      • 2 years ago

      While I agree with you, that’s what would be good for [i<]us[/i<]. But why would it be good for Qualcomm? They already have design wins for everything in the fat middle above the cheap-o Mediatek chips, all the way up to the high end outside of Samsung and Apple. If somebody other than those two is building a phone, where do they go? Samsung and Apple aren't selling their chips to 3rd parties, so it's Qualcomm or you're building a throw-away for the developing world. It'd be nice to see some [i<]other[/i<] competitors in this market, considering the barriers to entry aren't infinitely high like they are in the x86 space. But who is going to do that? Not Intel. AMD already has its hands full. nVidia was there for a while but prefers the margins in their other businesses. Maybe MediaTek will step it up. Maybe somebody new (Marvell? ST?) will show up. Hey, maybe NXP or Broadcomm will wade in to provide some compet-- oh, wait.

        • DancinJack
        • 2 years ago

        Nah, you’re totally right and I can refute nothing you said. I just wish people would push harder I guess.

    • chuckula
    • 2 years ago

    Here’s [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DohRa9lsx0Q<]Qualcomm's theme song for the launch.[/url<]

      • NTMBK
      • 2 years ago

      I prefer [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdqoNKCCt7A<]Intel's theme song[/url<].

        • chuckula
        • 2 years ago

        ??? I thought [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuN6gs0AJls<]This was Intel's 2018 theme song![/url<]

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