Qualcomm is all about announcements today – first the president of the company introduced OnePlus as one of the first companies to implement a 5G smartphone with the Snapdragon X50 modem, and later the company unveiled the gaming-based Snapdragon 675 chipset with new CPU cores as an improvement of the still fresh Snapdragon 670.
The biggest update is the improved processor with Kryo 460 cores. Two of them are based on the new Cortex-A76 for performance and can reach up to 2 GHz speeds, while the other six are for efficiency and are based on Cortex A55. The ISP and the GPU remain the same as in the Snapdragon 670, respectively Spectra 250 and Adreno 612.
The new chipset comes with a number of gaming optimizations, including engines like Unity, Unreal, Messiah, NeoX. There is also the support for popular tools and APIs including Vulkan, OpenGL 3.2, OpenCL, and Snapdragon profiler.
The camera capabilities have also been boosted and the chipset supports triple cameras up to 16 MP (or a single shooter with 25 MP sensor). The change comes when the picture is taken with the new multi-core AI Engine, promising to deliver up to 50% overall improvements.
The Snapdragon 675 will support Quick Charge 4+ technology for all the manufacturers that are ready to implement it in their devices.
On the connectivity side, we also see Bluetooth 5, Dual VoLTE, Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 ac with MIMO 2×2, all the popular location-based platforms and Cat.12 download speeds up to 600 Mbps. The platform is already available to OEMs and will arrive in consumer devices in early 2019.
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Key Features of The Qualcomm Snapdragon 675
The Snapdragon 675 Mobile Platform provides new architectures and performance improvements over the Snapdragon 670 in the following areas:
Gaming: The most advanced games demand a lot out of a smartphone, which is where the Snapdragon mobile platform’s heterogeneous compute advantage comes into play, with Snapdragon 675 designed to deliver a high frame-rate, smooth gaming experience. Qualcomm Technologies is working with game developers to deliver next-level gaming experiences to the 600 tier. A number of specific games and game engines have been optimized including Unity, Unreal, Messiah, and NeoX. Qualcomm Technologies also supports popular tools and APIs, including Vulkan, OpenGL 3.2, OpenCL, and Snapdragon profiler.
Capture: Unleashing the incredible power of the Qualcomm Spectra 200 series ISP, Snapdragon 675 is designed to enable smartphone users to capture images and videos in professional-grade quality during the day and night, in slow-motion and with the help of AI. Snapdragon 675 supports a triple camera configuration in the front or back, supporting features such as telephoto, wide angle, and super-wide image capture, as well as enhanced portrait mode (Bokeh), 3D face unlock and ‘epic’ selfies. Additionally, Snapdragon 675 provides limitless slo-mo – capable of recording extended slo-mo video clips in HD, not limited to one second or shorter bursts.
Artificial Intelligence: Snapdragon 675 Mobile Platform with a multi-core AI Engine is engineered to deliver up to 50% overall improvements in AI applications. The multi-core AI Engine is designed to improve mobile devices’ ability to acquire information and become the ultimate personal assistant by capturing photos and videos, learning and adapting to a user’s voice, and optimizing battery life. Through heterogenous computing, the Hexagon DSP, Adreno GPU, and Kryo CPU– are engineered to work cooperatively to run AI applications on-device faster and more efficiently. Additional AI use cases supported on Snapdragon 675 include camera (scene and object detection, image style transfer, portrait relighting), security (face unlock, payment security), voice and translation. Global ISVs also support the platform including Megvii (Face++), NetEase, SenseTime, Thundersoft, and Trio.AI.
Beyond the enhancements to bolster gaming, camera and AI experiences, Snapdragon 675 includes:
- DSP security designed to provide superior protection when unlocking a device via face recognition
- Snapdragon X12 modem supports downlink speeds up to 600Mbps and 3x carrier aggregation
- Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 4+ is capable of charging a smartphone battery from zero to 50% in 15 minutes
- Support for Qualcomm® Aqstic™ and Qualcomm® aptX™ audio technologies
The Snapdragon 675 Mobile Platform is available today and is expected to be found in consumer devices in Q1 2019.