While we’re all anticipating for the announcement of the next flagship mobile processor from Qualcomm , the Snapdragon 820, Qualcomm has decided too announce the mid-range and entry-level chipsets instead. The company recently announced the Snapdragon 212, 412 and 616 processors, an upgrade of the existing Snapdragon 210, 410 and 615 processors.
Don’t expect too much from these processors though, they are only an incremental update, focused on speed improvements. The Snapdragon 212 and 412 chipsets are based on Cortex-A7 and Cortex-A53 respectively, with the same core types as previously. Qualcomm improved the speeds from 1.1 to 1.3GHz on the Snapdragon 212, while the Snapdragon 412 has been improved from 1.2GHz to 1.4GHz.
As for the mid-range Snapdragon 616 chipset, it is an octa-core processor featuring minimal improvements over the Snapdragon 615. The top clockspeed of the little cluster has been improved from 1GHz to 1.2GHz, while the higher speed core remains at 1.7GHz. The full specification of these new processors are as shown below:
Sadly though, Qualcomm did not mention when they will start shipping these new chipsets, but it is likely that smartphone manufacturers are testing them now, and they should make their way into new smartphones by the end of this year.