We’re just beginning to see phones with Qualcomm’s latest and greatest Snapdragon 835 SoC in them, but these days you don’t need to buy the best, fastest chip to get a decent phone.
The new Snapdragon 660 and 630 are midrange chips that balance useful features with a lower price, and they’ll both begin showing up in lower-end phones soon.
The 660 and 630 are replacements for the Snapdragon 653 and 626, respectively, so when Qualcomm talks about speed boosts, these are the yardsticks it’s measuring against.
Let’s start with the improvements shared by both chips.
The 660 and 630 both include Qualcomm’s X12 LTE modem, which is capable of download speeds of up to 600Mbps and upload speeds of up to 150Mbps.
Both support Quick Charge 4.0, a new revision of Qualcomm’s standard that’s also compatible with the vanilla USB Power Delivery standard.
Both support LPDDR4 memory instead of LPDDR3—up to 1866MHz in the 660 and 1333MHz in the 630—and both are built on a 14nm FinFET manufacturing process instead of a 28nm process.
Both support USB-C, Bluetooth 5, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and both include a new Spectra 160 ISP that supports a range of camera improvements including better low-light photos and better video stabilization.
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