Qualcomm is upgrading its range of mid-tier processors for smartphones, with new products in the Snapdragon 400 and 600 series. The new Snapdragon 620 and 618 processors come with significantly higher levels of performance with integrated 64-bit ARM Cortex A-72 CPUs and the new X8 LTE modem. The X8 is a LTE Cat 7 modem supporting 2×20 MHz carrier aggregation for data speeds of up to 300 download and 100 Mbps upload.
The new 600 processors incorporate features previously only available in the high-end Snapdragon 800 range, including dual ISP camera, 4K video capture and playback, HEVC hardware encoding, richer gaming with next-generation Qualcomm Adreno graphics and advanced Wi-Fi connectivity. All of the new processors also come with the fast-charging Qualcomm QuickCharge 2.0 technology.
The new Snapdragon 425 and 415 processors both feature octa-core CPUs, a first for the 400 tier. The Snapdragon 425 doubles LTE download and upload speeds with the X8 LTE modem, another first in the 400 tier, as well as advanced camera features with dual ISPs and high-fidelity audio. Together with the Qualcomm RF360 Front End Solution, the chipset supports all major modes and frequency bands across the globe, including 5-mode, as well as dual SIM, LTE Broadcast and VoLTE support. With the Adreno 405 GPU, eight 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 CPUs and support for Full HD 1080p playback and hardware HEVC decode, Qualcomm is positioning the Snapdragon 425 for the next generation of high-volume smartphones.
The new Snapdragon 415 processor targets the more affordable segment, integrating the X5 LTE modem for download speeds of up to 150 Mbps. Designed for high-volume smartphones and tablets, the Snapdragon 415 supports full HD 1080p capture and playback, eight 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 CPU cores and Adreno 405 GPU.
Qualcomm will release reference designs for each of the new chipsets for manufacturers to customise their products. The Snapdragon 415 chipset is sampling now and expected to be in commercial devices in the first half of 2015. The Snapdragon 620, 618 and 425 processors are expected to be in commercial devices in the second half of 2015.