Qualcomm recently decided to finally rename the Snapdragon 618 and 620 to Snapdragon 650 and 652. According to Qualcomm, the name change was necessary in order to reflect the improvements added to the older Snapdragon 618 and 620 mobile processors.
Updates to the Snapdragon was announced by Qualcomm earlier this year in February. However, in spite of the upgrade, Qualcomm did not introduce a new name for the Snapdragon mobile processors. This resulted in a confusion amongst some users since they couldn’t simply differentiate the updated Snapdragon 618 and 620 to the older versions just by name.
Qualcomm has rectified this issue by renaming the Snapdragon 618 and 620 to Snapdragon 650 and 652 respectively. The Snapdragon 650 comes with a hexa-core processor (2x 1.8GHz Cortex A72 and 4x 1.2GHz Cortex-A53 cores). Besides that, the Snapdragon 652 features an octa-core processor (4x 1.8 GHz Cortex-A72 and 4x 1.2GHz Cortex-A53 cores).
Interestingly, both mobile processors come with a new GPU, Adreno 510. The new GPU supports QHD screens, 4K video recording and LTE Cat.7 connectivity. According to GSMArena, the first smartphone to be equipped with the Snapdragon 652 is the Samsung Galaxy A9. Other smartphones running Qualcomm’s updated processors are expected to be announced sometime next year.