Qualcomm Updates Details On Their Newest Snapdragon Chips: 430, 617 and 820

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Busy day for Qualcomm today as they dropped a lot of new information. Along with the new Quick Charge 3.0, the California-based semiconductor company also unveiled two new chips and provided additional details on the already outed 820 processor.

First up is the Snapdragon 430, part of the extremely prominent 400 series chips that have found their way into some of the most popular phones around the world, including the category-defining Motorola Moto G. The 430 is an octa-core configuration using the efficient ARM Cortex A53 CPUS and the brand new Adreno 505 GPU. The chip will also feature X6 LTE with Cat 4 download speeds up to 150Mbps and Cat upload speeds up to 75 Mbps. The image quality support also gets upgraded to support dual cameras and sensors up to 21 Megapixels.

Stepping up to the Snapdragon 617 will get you a faster X8 LTE modem with Cat 7 download and upload speeds up to 300 Mbps and 100 Mbps respectively. Just like the 430, it will use an octa-core setup with the ARM Cortex A53 CPUS but will be sporting an Adreno 405 GPU. Sharing some software advances and packages with the rest of the 600 series chips (617, 618, and 620) will allow OEMs to deliver and update their products in a faster and more efficient manner.

That leaves the powerhouse Snapdragon 820. A Hydra chip that is 35% faster than the 810, and is packaged with an Adreno 530 GPU that Qualcomm claims is 40% faster and 30% more efficient. Today we learned all that power comes with some insane connectivity speeds. Most notable are download speeds up to 600 Mbps and upload speeds up to 150 Mbps. Along with that are next gen WiFi connectivity and a number of specs that won’t even be commercially available for a number of years:

  • LTE Advanced speeds
    Cat 12 (up to 600 Mbps) in the downlink
    Cat 13 (up to 150 Mbps) in the uplink
    Up to 4×4 MIMO on one downlink LTE carrier
  • Breakthrough connectivity support in unlicensed spectrum:
    2×2 MU-MIMO (802.11ac)
    Multi-gigabit 802.11ad
    LTE-U and LTE+Wi-Fi Link Aggregation (LWA)
  • Comprehensive service across connection types
    Next Gen HD Voice and Video calling over LTE and Wi-Fi
    Call Continuity across Wi-Fi, LTE, 3G, and 2G
  • RF front end innovations
    Advanced Closed Loop Antenna Tuner
    Qualcomm RF360™ front end solution with CA
    Wi-Fi/LTE antenna sharing

In addition to being faster, more powerful, and more efficient all three chips will support the aforementioned Quick Charge 3.0 technology. Looks like the overblown drama surrounding the Snapdragon 810 did nothing to slow Qualcomm down. Look for the new processors to undoubtedly make their way into millions of phones and tablets within the next year, with the 617 and 820 expected to appear by the end of 2015 and the 430 becoming available in 2016.

  Source: PR Newswire

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