We’ve seen Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 series processors powering mid-range Android phones for a while now, but today Qualcomm unveiled its next processor destined for the mid-tier.
The Snapdragon 710 made its debut today, and Qualcomm touts that it’ll bring high-end mobile features to mid-range products. The first chipset in Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 700 series of chipsets, the Snapdragon 710 packs a Kryo 360 GPU and an Adreno 616 GPU and is made using a 10nm process technology.
Included in the Snapdragon 710 is support for 4K HDR playback, which is the first time that feature has been offered outside of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 series chipsets. The 710 also includes a Spectra 250 ISP for better low light photography, deep portrait modes, and face unlock with active depth sensing.
This new Snapdragon 710 offers several other improvements over the Snapdragon 660 processor. These include up to 2x overall performance improvements in AI applications thanks to its multi-core AI engine as well as up to a 20 percent reduction in power consumption while streaming video, 25 percent faster web browsing, and 15 percent faster app launch times.
Other notable features of Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 710 processor include a Snapdragon X15 LTE modem, which brings support for download speeds up to 800Mbps as well as LTE technologies like 4×4 MIMO and License Assisted Access. There’s Bluetooth 5 support in there, too, along with Quick Charge 4+ support, which can get you a 50 percent battery charge within 15 minutes.
It’s expected that the Snapdragon 710 will begin appearing in consumer devices in Q2 2018.