Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 670 could offer the best smartphone value out there

Joanna Estrada
August 9, 2018

From the poster shared by some Twitter users, it is clear that Qualcomm is teasing something related to smartwatches, and the product that is highly likely to be announced is a new processor.

And not a moment too soon, as the Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC that now powers all of the most recent Wear OS devices is getting rather old.

Two performance cores clocking in at up to 2.0GHz and six efficiency cores up to 1.7GHz make for 15% higher performance than the SD 660.

Qualcomm has also thrown its AI Engine into the mix, so the Snapdragon 670 has the tech to support neural networks, the TensorFlow machine learning framework, Caffe and Caffe2 and other artificial intelligence development tools.

But AI performance sounds like it has been given even more of a boost, with Qualcomm claiming that it's up to 1.8 times better. The 670 uses the same digital signal processing (DSP), the Qualcomm Hexagon 685, which was previously utilized in higher-tier mobile platforms. The company's Senior Wearables Director Pankaj Kedia had said in a previous report that the third-generation SoCs - after the Snapdragon 400 and Snapdragon 2100 - have been designed from the ground up "for a no-compromises smartwatch experience" and include dedicated chips to enable always-on functionality. Specifically for the camera, the Spectra 250 ISP allows for noise reduction, image stabilization, and active depth sensing. IT also means support for ultra HD video capture and single 25MP cameras or dual 16MP snappers. The SD 670 mobile platform is already available to OEMs, so we can expect to see upper mid-range phones shipping with it later in the year.

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