Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 700 series of processors
The Snapdragon 845 isn't the only new processor that Qualcomm is cooking up.
Qualcomm today announced its Snapdragon 700 Mobile Platform Series. This new series of mobile processors includes features previously only found in the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 series of processors and offers improvements in on-device AI, camera, and device performance and power.
One of the features included in this Snapdragon 700 series of processors is the multi-core Qualcomm AI Engine, which offers up to 2x improvements for on-device AI functions compared to the Snapdragon 660. Qualcomm also touts that the inclusion of its Spectra ISP will bring more "professional grade camera features".
When it comes to power, we're told to expect up to 30 percent improvements in efficiency as well as better performance and battery life from the Snapdragon 700 series compared to the Snapdragon 660.
Rounding things out, the Snapdragon 700 series will offer connectivity features like LTE, carrier Wi-Fi features, and Bluetooth 5.
Qualcomm expects the first commercial samples of Snapdragon 700 series chipsets in the first half of 2018.
While Qualcomm's 800 series processors like the Snapdragon 845 will continue to be the focus for flagship smartphones, these Snapdragon 700 series processors could offer a nice price-to-performance compromise for devices in the mid-range.