Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 720G, 662 and 460 SoCs

Friday, January 24th, 2020 - Mobile, Teknologi

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 720G, 662 and 460 SoCs

Earlier this week Qualcomm has announced three new chipsets complementing their low-mid-range and low-range processor offerings, introducing the new Snapdragon 720G, 662 and 460 SoCs. The new chipsets are said to focus on emerging markets such as India and are also amongst the first to offer platform connectivity features such as the new Navigation with Indian Constellation (NavIC).

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 700-Range SoCs
SoCSnapdragon 710

Snapdragon 720G

Snapdragon 730
CPU2x Kryo 360 (CA75)
@ 2.2GHz 

6x Kryo 360 (CA55)
@ 1.7GHz

2x Kryo 465 (CA76)
@ 2.3GHz
 
6x Kryo 465 (CA55)
@ 1.8GHz
2x Kryo 470 (CA76)
@ 2.2GHz
 
6x Kryo 470 (CA55)
@ 1.8GHz
GPUAdreno 616Adreno 618
DSPHexagon 685 Hexagon 692Hexagon 688
ISP/
Camera
Spectra 250
32MP single / 20MP dual
Spectra 350L
32MP single / 16MP dual
Spectra 350
36MP single / 22MP dual
Memory2x 16-bit @ 1866MHz
LPDDR4X
14.9GB/s

1MB system cache

Integrated ModemSnapdragon X15 LTE
(Category 15/13)
DL = 800Mbps
3x20MHz CA, 256-QAM

UL = 150Mbps
2x20MHz CA, 64-QAM

Encode/
Decode
2160p30, 1080p120
H.264 & H.265

10-bit HDR pipelines

Mfc. Process10nm LPP8nm LPP

Starting off with the Snapdragon 720G, the first we note that the features of the SoC looks extremely similar to the Snapdragon 730. We never had a regular Snapdragon 720 so it’s a bit weird for Qualcomm to directly come out with a “G” version which is usually used for denominating a better GPU / gaming binned variant of an SoC.

The Snapdragon 720G shares the same feature set as the Snapdragon 730, but comes with an extra 100MHz boost on the big cores. Other small differences between the two SoCs is Qualcomm’s description of it using a newer Hexagon 692 DSP as opposed to the 688 variant in the S730.

All in all, whilst this should be a new silicon design, in practice it feels more of a stepping variant of the Snapdragon 730.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 0-Range SoCs
SoCSnapdragon 660

Snapdragon 662

Snapdragon 665Snapdragon 670Snapdragon 675
CPU4x Kryo 260 (CA73)
@ 2.2GHz

4x Kryo 260 (CA53)
@ 1.8GHz

4x Kryo 260 (CA73)
@ 2.0GHz

4x Kryo 260 (CA53)
@ 1.8GHz

4x Kryo 260 (CA73)
@ 2.0GHz

4x Kryo 260 (CA53)
@ 1.8GHz

2x Kryo 360 (CA75)
@ 2.0GHz 

6x Kryo 360 (CA55)
@ 1.7GHz

2x Kryo 460 (CA76)
@ 2.0GHz
 
6x Kryo 460 (CA55)
@ 1.7GHz
GPUAdreno 512Adreno 610Adreno 615Adreno 612
DSPHexagon 680 Hexagon 683 Hexagon 686 Hexagon 685 
ISP/
Camera
Spectra 0
24MP
Spectra 340T
25MP single / 16MP dual
Spectra 165
25MP single / 16MP dual
Spectra 250
25MP single / 16MP dual
Spectra 250
25MP single / 16MP dual
Memory2x 16-bit @ 1866MHz
LPDDR4
14.9GB/s
2x 16-bit @ 1866MHz
LPDDR4X
14.9GB/s

1MB system cache

Integrated ModemSnapdragon X12 LTESnapdragon X11 LTE
(Cat 12/13)

DL = 390Mbps
2x20MHz CA, 256-QAM

UL = 150Mbps
2x20MHz CA, 64-QAM

Snapdragon X12 LTE

(Category 12/13)

DL = 600Mbps
3x20MHz CA, 256-QAM

UL = 150Mbps
2x20MHz CA, 64-QAM

Encode/
Decode
2160p30, 1080p120
H.264 & H.265
1080p60
H.264 & H.265
2160p30, 1080p120
H.264 & H.265
Mfc. Process14nm LPP11nm LPP11nm LPP10nm LPP11nm LPP

In the Snapdragon 0 range we’ve seen a ton of releases over the last few years, which makes the new Snapdragon 662 even more weird in terms of how it’s positioned in the market. A lot like the S720G situation, the new S662 looks extremely similar to the Snapdragon 665.

The CPU and GPU configuration is said to be identical between the two chips, but then there’s some differing features such as a Spectra 340T ISP instead of a Spectra 165, as well as a Hexagon 683 versus a Hexagon 686. Admittedly, Qualcomm’s marketing naming here doesn’t necessarily mean there’s actual IP changes in the SoC, but it’s not the first time we’ve seen Qualcomm tape out almost identical SKUs over time.

A more notable difference in capabilities is in the media features as the S662 is only able to do 1080p60 video as opposed to 4K30 on the S665, as well as having a slightly worse X11 modem which can only do 2x carrier aggregation as opposed to 3x for the S665 X12 based modem.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 400-Range SoCs
SoCSnapdragon 439Snapdragon 450

Snapdragon 460

CPU4x CA53
@ 2.2GHz 

4x CA53
@ 1.7GHz

8x CA53
@ 2.3GHz
4x Kryo 240 (CA73)
@ 1.8GHz
 
4x Kryo 240 (CA53)
@ ?GHz
GPUAdreno 505Adreno 506Adreno 610
DSPHexagon 536Hexagon 546Hexagon 683
ISP/
Camera
Spectra 
21MP single / 8MP dual
Spectra 
21MP single / 13MP dual
Spectra 340
36MP single / 22MP dual
Memory1x 32-bit @ 933MHz
LPDDR3
7.4GB/s
2x 16-bit @ 1866MHz
LPDDR4X
14.9GB/s
Integrated ModemSnapdragon X6 LTE
(Category 4/5)

DL = 150Mbps
2x10MHz CA, 64-QAM

UL = 75Mbps
1x10MHz CA, 64-QAM

Snapdragon X9 LTE
(Category 7/13)

DL = 300Mbps
2x20MHz CA, 64-QAM

UL = 150Mbps
2x10MHz CA, 64-QAM

Snapdragon X11 LTE
(Cat 12/13)

DL = 390Mbps
2x20MHz CA, 256-QAM

UL = 150Mbps
2x20MHz CA, 64-QAM

Encode/
Decode
1080p30
H.264
1080p60
H.264 & H.265
Mfc. Process12nm LPP14nm LPP11nm LPP

Actually, the biggest news this week was the announcement of the Snapdragon 460. Unlike the less exciting 720G and 662, the 460 represents a big leap over its predecessors, finally representing a major upgrade to the 2017 Snapdragon 450.

The Snapdragon 460 for the first time now brings big CPU cores into the 400-range which should be almost a 2x increase in performance over past series chipsets. Qualcomm here is making use of 4x Cortex A73 derived CPUs at up to 1.8GHz, alongside 4x A53 derived CPUs at an undisclosed clock (likely a similar 1.8GHz).

The GPU sees a big upgrade in transitioning to the 0 Adreno series with the Adreno 610, and Qualcomm is quoting a 60-70% performance uplift compared to the Snapdragon 450.

The new chip also now for the first time support LPDDR4X, doubling up on the available bandwidth in this low-range of SoCs. The new chipset is manufactured on a Samsung 11LPP process node, which should be a nice efficiency upgrade over the 14nm process of the S450.

Devices based on the Snapdragon 720G are expected to be available this quarter, while 662 and 460 devices are expected towards the end of 2020.

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