Snapdragon 600 processor series proves to be quite popular among smartphone manufacturers with 400 OEM designs have been crafted for the past twelve months alone. Today, the Snapdragon 600 line-up has got even bigger as Qualcomm has just announced two more new processors under the series.
Officially called as Snapdragon 653 and 626, the company has also unveiled another new processor called Snapdragon 427. While Snapdragon 653 and 626 might be in different class than Snapdragon 427, all three processors have share several features together.
One of them is the Snapdragon X9 LTE modem which have been integrated into all three processors and allows them to support download speed of up to 300Mbps and maximum upload speed of 150Mbps. Additionally, all three processors are also designed to support Quick Charge 3.0 technology and dual cameras.
In terms for firepower, the Snapdragon 653 carries four ARM Cortex A72 and four ARM Cortex A53 cores with a maximum speed of 1.95GHz while Snapdragon 626 offers eight ARM Cortex A53 cores that are able to run at a speed of up to 2.2GHz. As for Snapdragon 427, it runs at up to 1.4GHz and comes with four ARM Cortex A53 cores.
Meanwhile, Qualcomm has also launched its first ever 5G modem earlier in the week which is called Snapdragon X50. With the ability to support download speed of up to 5Gbps, the modem is still designed for mobility in mind although the company did mention that X50 5G modem is good enough for 5G connections to replace fixed fiber-to-the-home installations.
Given how 5G technology is still not yet ready for the mass market, it is not surprising that Qualcomm only expects to see its new X50 modem to be integrated into devices only in 2018. As for Snapdragon 653 and 626 chips that we mentioned earlier, they are expected to be available to customers later this year while Snapdragon 427-based devices are likely to appear in the market in early 2017.