QUALCOMM HAS UNVEILED four new Snapdragon processors which the company claims will improve connectivity and the user experience on high-performance smartphones and tablets.
As part of the announcement, the firm released new 600-tier chips, the Snapdragon 620 and the Snapdragon 618, which are said to "redefine the 600 tier with significantly higher levels of performance" owing to integrated 64-bit ARM Cortex A-72 CPUs and the X8 LTE modem.
The Snapdragon 620 and 618 upgrades also include features previously available only in the higher level Snapdragon 800 tier, including dual ISP camera, 4K video capture and playback, HEVC hardware encoding and richer gaming with next-generation Qualcomm Adreno graphics.
Qualcomm also unveiled updates to its 400-tier mobile chips, the Snapdragon 425 and Snapdragon 415, both of which feature octa-core CPUs, a first for the 400 tier.
"The Snapdragon 425 doubles LTE download and upload speeds with the X8 LTE modem, another first in the 400 tier, as well as advanced camera features with dual ISPs and high-fidelity audio," said the firm.
The Snapdragon 415 integrates X5 LTE, supporting download speeds of up to 150Mbps, and is sampling now with an expected release to commercial devices in the first half of 2015.
The Snapdragon 620, 618 and 425 processors are all expected to reach devices in the second half of 2015.
Qualcomm also extended the Snapdragon brand to its discrete modem chipsets, and introduced LTE modem classes, including X8 and X5 models, across its latest system-on-chip and modem products.
The X8 LTE modem supports downlink and uplink carrier aggregation, as well as peak download speeds of up to 300Mbps and upload speeds of up to 100Mbps.
The connectivity also supports wideband of up to 40MHz with downlink and uplink carrier aggregation for the first time in the 600 and 400 tiers. X5 LTE, found in the Snapdragon 415, features integrated 4G LTE Cat 4.
"All of the new processors are designed to enhance the consumer experience and are available with the latest camera features, amazing download speeds and fast charging with QuickCharge 2.0 technology," explained Qualcomm. µ
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