The Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 has been announced and it is the first chip based on the 11nm process. While it isn’t as efficient as the 7nm process, it does offer improvements as compared to the previous chips that cater to the mid-range Android market.
One of the major highlights of this chip is that it can support triple camera setups which means that we could expect to see three cameras become more common in the mid-range Android space. This is the first SoC to feature Kryo 460 CPU microarchitecture.
Performance is based on the Cortex A76 cores and it is interesting that a new microarchitecture has been introduced in the mid-range before the flagship chipsets. Talking about performance, you get 2 Cortex A76 cores that are able to clock up to 2 GHz. Other than that you also get 6 Cortex A55 efficiency cores, which can clock up to 1.8 GHz.
Overall the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 is supposed to be 15% better when launching apps and 35% better when browsing the web. With the new Cortex A76 cores it is possible that this chipset could outperform the Snapdragon 710 but we will need to look closely at both in order to see which one comes out on top.
Mobile gaming is on the rise and Qualcomm has announced that the new chip will come with gaming focused enhancements that will make gameplay much smoother. Without much thought, it is safe to say that these enhancements will compete with Huawei’s GPU Turbo or Oppo’s HyperBoost Acceleration Engine. It will be interesting to see how well these technologies compete with one another and who offers the best solution.
You should notice here that not much has been revealed about the efficiency of these chips and how they are going to increase or decrease battery life. When the previous chips were announced, there was great emphasis on efficiency and how they would increase battery life. That is not the case here.
Keeping that in mind you would be better off waiting for third-party reviews before buying into the hype and getting a phone powered by one of these chips at launch. Stay tuned for more information.