Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, 662 And 460 SoCs Meant For Fast Emerging Smartphone Markets Launched With Region-Specific Specifications And Features

Qualcomm has introduced three new System on a Chip (SoC) for smartphones. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, 662, and 460 SoCs are quite interesting owing to their region-specific specifications and features. These smartphone SoCs are the first ever to feature support for India’s recently deployed navigation system, called NavIC.

Qualcomm announced three new chipsets for their low-mid-range and low-range processor family. The new Snapdragon 720G, 662 and 460 SoCs are clearly aimed at the fast emerging and highly lucrative, but intensely competitive markets, such as India. Hence, it only makes sense that Qualcomm has worked on integrating the new Navigation with Indian Constellation (NavIC), a system developed by India which consists of multiple satellites, similar to the Global Positioning System (GPS).

Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G Specifications And Features:

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G looks quite similar to the tried and tested Snapdragon 730, a powerful processor that brings several top-end features to mid-range smartphones. Since there never was a Snapdragon 720, the Snapdragon 720G appears to be an oddity. The ‘G’ suffix could imply the SoC has been optimized for better gaming performance, but that doesn’t appear to be the case.

The specifications and features of Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G are extensively similar to the Snapdragon 730. However, the big cores in the SoC do get a 100 MHz speed boost. Another notable difference is the use of a newer Hexagon 692 DSP as opposed to the 688 variant in the S730. Interestingly, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G is based on a new silicon chip design, but the naming and features do not indicate the same.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 Specifications And Features:

Just like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G looks quite similar to S730, the S662 appears to relate heavily with S665. Incidentally, the S665 has been extensively used in many attractively-priced and feature-rich smartphones in India. These smartphones even allow gaming at manageable settings.

The CPU and GPU configuration of Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 is identical to S665. However, the new SoC features a Spectra 340T ISP instead of a Spectra 165, as well as a Hexagon 683 versus a Hexagon 686. Although the finer aspects might imply better video performance, the S662 can only achieve Full HD+ or 1080p resolution at 60 Hz. The S665, on the other hand, can support 4K resolution at 30 Hz. Another area in which the newer S662 is inferior to the older S665 is the network aggregation or support for better and more reliable connectivity. The S662 has the X11 modem for 4G connectivity, which can only do 2x carrier aggregation as opposed to 3x for the S665 X12 based modem.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 Specifications And Features:

Among the Qualcomm’s latest mid-range SoC offerings, the Snapdragon 460 is by far the most interesting. According to the S460’s specifications, it is a substantial upgrade over the Snapdragon 450 which is about two years old. With the S460 SoC, for the first time, Qualcomm has brought in the big CPU Cores into the budget-oriented Snapdragon 400-Series.

With the Big CPU Cores, even the budget smartphones could get an almost 2x boost in performance as compared to the old chipsets. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 gets 4x Cortex A73 derived CPUs at up to 1.8GHz, alongside 4x A53 derived CPUs. Although the clock speeds of the efficiency cores aren’t yet known, it is quite likely they may sport the same frequency.

Apart from the evolutionary leap in the use of Big Cores, the S460 also gets a big upgrade by transitioning to the 600 Adreno series with the Adreno 610. As against the old S450, users may experience a 60 to 70 percent performance boost with the S460, claims Qualcomm.

If that’s not exciting enough, the S460 also supports the newer LPDDR4X, which directly translates to double the available bandwidth. The new chipset is manufactured on a Samsung 11LPP process node, as against the S450 which was built on the 14nm Manufacturing Process. Smartphones with Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G are expected to start appearing on shelves in this quarter itself, while S662 and S460 based devices might take a little longer.

Alap Naik Desai
A B.Tech Plastics (UDCT) and a Windows enthusiast. Optimizing the OS, exploring software, searching and deploying solutions to strange and weird issues is Alap's main interest.