Qualcomm at Mobile World Congress 2018 announced a new Snapdragon mobile platform series – Snapdragon 700. The new SD series is designed to offer premium features of the high-end mobile platform on affordable devices.
Qualcomm says that the Snapdragon 700 Mobile Platform series will provide features and performance “previously only available in the premium Snapdragon 800 mobile platform series.”
The latest Snapdragon mobile platform includes on-device AI support via Qualcomm’s Artificial Intelligence Engine. The SD 700 series is claimed to deliver twice the AI performance with up to 30 percent power efficiency as compared to previous iteration Snapdragon 660 SoC. In addition, it will also offer faster performance and enhanced battery life.
The new architecture on the SD700 lineup will provide heterogeneous computing courtesy of the Hexagon Vector processor, Adreno Visual Processing subsystem and Kyro CPU, which Qualcomm says will work “cooperatively” and deliver seamless output. In order to bring AI to an array of devices in the near future, the leading semiconductor company has put multi-core Qualcomm AI Engine on its new Snapdragon 700 series.
The series uses Qualcomm Spectra ISP for better image processing and Qualcomm cites that it will bring “additional professional grade camera features, supported by high-quality specs” on the upcoming ‘affordable’ devices. The Snapdragon mobile platform will support LTE, newer Wi-Fi standards, Bluetooth v5.0 and integrate Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ technology which is “engineered” to boost up to 50 percent charge on supported devices in just 15 minutes.
Qualcomm has not shared any word about the smartphone manufacturers that will jump on to its new platform. However, the company is planning to ship the first batch of Snapdragon 700 chips to commercial customers in the first half of 2018.
Commenting on the Snapdragon 700 Series announcement, Alex Katouzian, senior vice president and general manager, mobile, Qualcomm Technologies said, “The Snapdragon 700 Mobile Platform Series will bring premium tier technologies and features into more affordable devices, something our global OEM customers and consumers are demanding. From our cutting-edge Qualcomm AI Engine to superior camera, device performance and power, the Snapdragon 700 Series is optimized to support the experiences consumers have come to expect from the most advanced mobile devices at a lower price point.”