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Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 730 SoC, a new System-on-Chip will likely power mid-to-high-end phones. This SoC is a big improvement over recently launched Snapdragon 712 SoC, which is a slightly faster iteration of Snapdragon 710 SoC.

The 8-core Snapdragon 730 uses Kryo 470 cores at up to 2.2GHz and is built on an 8nm process. It has an Adreno 618 GPU, a Hexagon 688 processor with a tensor accelerator, a Spectra 350 “computer vision” image signal processor, an X15 LTE modem, and support for Wi-Fi 6. Many of these elements should help bring AI-powered processing and imagery to not-quite-flagship devices.

Qualcomm also launched a gaming-focused version called the Snapdragon 730G. The GPU of this gaming-focused SoC is clocked higher for 15% faster performance. The 730G can support phones with 1440p Displays, up from 1080p Displays supported in the regular 730.

Qualcomm has also announced the Snapdragon 665 SoC, the next iteration of 2017’s Snapdragon 660. The chip, however, does include many upgrades over the Snapdragon 660. Qualcomm has provided a Kryo 260 CPU with four performance and four efficiency cores. There is also Adreno 610 GPU along with the Vulkan 1.1 graphics driver, Qualcomm aptX Adaptive Audio and Aqstic to boost gaming experiences.

Qualcomm has provided its Spectra 165 ISP that enables support for triple camera setup and brings AI support to enable features such as scene recognition and auto adjustments like HDR. The chip also enables features including hybrid autofocus, optical zoom, zero shutter lag, and the ability to capture as large as 48-megapixel images.

For onboard AI experiences and enabling features like 3D Face Unlock, the Snapdragon 665 SoC has a third-generation Qualcomm AI Engine.


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