Qualcomm launches Snapdragon 675, a mid-range chip designed for mobile gaming

Joanna Estrada
October 23, 2018

It has an octa-core CPU underneath with dual 2.0GHz Kryo 460 cores and one Hexa cluster with Kryo 460 crore clocked at 1.7GHz. Qualcomm listed PUBG and King of Honor being two of the handful of games that already benefit from these features, with the latter title even able to run at up to 60 fps - not bad given that the GPU is just a mid-range Adreno 612, though we shall see whether it runs just as well outside of the lab, especially when this chipset is fabricated using an 11nm LPP process instead of the finer 10nm.

The Snapdragon 675 also comes with Qualcomm's third-gen AI engine. This time, the new unnamed smartphone will be powered by Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 675, which was unveiled at the Qualcomm 4G 5G Summit in Hong Kong on Tuesday.

AI: Snapdragon 675 will deliver up to 50% overall improvements in AI applications. With this, Xioami has become the first company to announce a device powered by SD675 chipset and could also be the first to launch it. The aim? A chipset optimized for mobile gaming. In a further effort to bring high-end gaming to the mid-range, the chip maker is working with games and game engines like Unity and Unreal to optimize for 600-series chipsets.

The Snapdragon 675 is aimed at mid-range devices. The chip will support triple camera setups in back and front, including telephoto (up to 5x optical zoom), wide angle, and super-wide image capture. The chipset also supports 4K at 30fps video recording and HD at 480fps. AI use cases supported on Snapdragon 675 include camera (scene and object detection, image style transfer, portrait relighting), security (face unlock, payment security), voice and translation. Quick Charge 4+ charges a battery from 0% to 50% in just 15 minutes, and the Snapdragon 675 works with Qualcomm's Aqstic and aptX audio technologies. The Snapdragon X12 modem supports downlink speeds up to 600Mbps and 3x carrier aggregation.

Qualcomm says that we should begin seeing the Snapdragon 675 in consumer devices in Q1 2019, so stay tuned.

Indeed, in terms of processing power, the company says the 675 is 30 percent faster at launching games and 35 percent faster when browsing the web, compared to the company's previous generation 600-tier SoC.

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