A few months ago, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 700 series of chipsets in their lineup, which was positioned as premium midrange chipset. Qualcomm has now taken off the wraps of the first chipset utilising the Snapdragon 700 nomenclature. Christened as the Snapdragon 710, the chipset will sit between the Snapdragon 660 and the flagship Snapdragon 845 in terms of features.
The Snapdragon 710 is built utilising the 10nm FinFET manufacturing process — the same as the Snapdragon 845. Therefore, expect the performance to be marginally higher than the current midrange flagship chipset from Qualcomm — the Snapdragon 660. The chipset should also be more power efficient at the same time. With the new Kryo 360 architecture, the SD 710 is optimised to support up to a 20 per cent overall uplift in performance, 25 per cent faster web browsing and 15 per cent faster app launch times, compared to the Snapdragon 660.
The Snapdragon 710 is promised with twice the AI performance on the SD 660, which Qualcomm hopes that manufacturers will use for improving voice-based UIs as well as improvements in photography. When it comes to photography, the 710 boasts of the Spectra 250 image processor, which is claimed to offer flagship class camera performance. The upgrades will allow manufacturers to go for sensors up to 32MP as well as offer Face Unlock features with active depth sensing.
Additionally, the SD 710 consists of the X15 modem, which may not offer Gigabit LTE speeds like the X20 LTE modem on the SD 845, but will be happy to deliver speeds of up to 800Mbps. There’s also support for 10-bit colour, which is an improvement compared to the SD 660’s 8-bit colour support. The Snapdragon 710 will also join the Snapdragon 845 for supporting 4K HDR playback.
Qualcomm says that we will get to see smartphones utilising the new 700 series chip from the second quarter of 2018....