There’s a new lineup of mobile chips in town. Qualcomm are launching a new mobile processor, the Snapdragon 710. It’s part of their new Snapdragon 700 series that was announced earlier this year. The Snapdragon 710 aims to bridge the middle ground between the Snapdragon 660 and Snapdragon 845.
The Snapdragon 710 is an interesting midpoint between the midrange and toprange chipsets. It has twice the AI performance of the Snapdragon 660. However, its X15 LTE modem and Spectra 250 image processor are lower-end versions of more powerful X20 modem and Spectra 280 processor from the Snapdragon 800 series. It isn’t capable of the X20’s gigabit LTE speeds but is better than the 600 series’s X12 modem. The Snapdragon 710 is also the first Qualcomm chips capable of 4K HDR video playback outside the 800-series.
Qualcomm have built the Snapdragon 710on a 10nm architecture. That brings with it a 20% performance boost over the Snapdragon 660. It also comes with lower power consumption when watching videos or playing games.
It’s definitely not a flagship chip, but is more powerful than the existing Snapdragon 600 series. Qualcomm are probably targeting countries that have a bigger midrange market with the new Snapdragon 710. Brands such as Xiaomi and Vivo thrive in the midrange market in regions such as Southeast Asia and India. Cheaper but still powerful chips such as the Snapdragon 710 could be a success in these regions.
We’ll be seeing the Snapdragon 710 soon too. Qualcomm are predicting the first devices with the Snapdragon 710 to arrive in a few months time.
(Source: The Verge)