Qualcomm has also announced three new processors – the Snapdragon 625, 435, and 425 – in addition to the Snapdragon 2100 Wear processor. The company has also announced the arrival of the Snapdragon X16 LTE modem, which is capable of achieving network speeds of up to one Gigabit.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor has a 35 percent lower power usage compared to the Snapdragon 617 processor (which it is intended to replace). This translates to more battery life compared to the current range of mid-range Snapdragon processors, although it still retains a similar performance profile. The Snapdragon 625 is capable of supporting 4K HEVC recording and cameras up to 24MP, as well as 13MP front cameras.
The Snapdragon 435, it really isn’t too different compared to the Snapdragon 430 which was announced last year. The Snapdragon 435 has the same specifications and features as the Snapdragon 430 – the same photography support of up to 21MP and the same gaming capabilities with the Adreno 505 GPU. The difference here is that, the Snapdragon 435 is packed with the improved X8 LTE modem which gives the Snapdragon 400 series the first chip that is capable of handling Cat 7 LTE speeds.
The Snapdragon 425 on the other hand is the successor of the Snapdragon 410 and 412. The Snapdragon 425 utilises an X6 LTE modem for faster connection speeds, along with a dedicated Hexagon DSP for both multimedia and sensor processing. For photographers, the processor supports high-res images of up to 16MP. It is also the first entry-level processor to come with premium computer vision features for advanced photography.
Snapdragon X16 LTE Modem
Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon X16 LTE modem is the first commercially announced modem that is capable of supporting Gigabit Class LTE speeds of up to 1 Gbps. To put things into perspective, these speeds would be under LTE Cat 16. It can achieve peak download speeds that are almost ten times faster than the first-generation 4G LTE devices. This modem is also the first to support LTE Advanced Pro, which is the next generation of LTE. To find out how it achieves these download speeds, check the official specifications page here.
As for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625, 435, and 425 processors, they are expected to power smartphones that will be available from Q3 of 2016 onwards. To learn more about Qualcomm’s latest processors and modem, head on to Qualcomm’s official website.
(Source: Qualcomm Snapdragon Blog)