Qualcomm launches Snapdragon 720G

Joanna Estrada
January 21, 2020

Qualcomm stands to gain dramatically as 5G becomes more pervasive this year, but keeping its 4G customers happy is good business. (There's a reason Qualcomm announced these new chipsets at a January 21 event in India.) But Qualcomm executives told us the mobile processors announced today could also find their way into USA -bound phones, so if you tend to shop for lower-priced smartphones instead of high-priced flagship handsets, it's worth knowing what the Snapdragon 720G, 662 and 460 are expected to deliver.

Qualcomm has announced three new mobile platforms for the mid-range category. We can't say for sure whether these new chipsets will help Qualcomm beat back its rivals, but it can't afford not to try. "This expansion of our 4G lineup enables our partners to offer sophisticated solutions that meet global demand and enable a remarkable gaming experience across multiple tiers and price segments", said Kedar Kondap, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. And so Qualcomm is still producing chipsets that deliver a lot of the features found on its other processors, only without 5G connectivity.

Just like the Snapdragon 460 SoC, even the Snapdragon 662 is built on 11nm node.

Meanwhile, the Snapdragon 662 offers advanced camera features such as support for triple cameras and night photography to phones using this processor.

The chipset also comes with a Snapdragon X11 LTE modem with peak download speeds up to 390Mbps, and peak upload speeds up to 150Mbps. The Realme India executive has not revealed if, or when, the Snapdragon 720G-powered Realme phones will make its way to India. Snapdragon 720G supports Bluetooth 5.1, FastConnect 6200, and TrueWireless Stereo technologies.

Snapdragon 720G: Like the Snapdragon 765G introduced in December, the Snapdragon 720G is geared toward gaming. There are 2x Kryo 465 performance cores that are based on the Cortex-A76 clocked at 2.3GHz and 6x Kryo 260 efficiency cores (based on the Cortex-A55) clocked at 1.8GHz. Chinese smartphone brands Xiaomi and Realme have confirmed that they will be launching smartphones with NavIC support based on the new Snapdragon chipsets soon. According to Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 460 provides twice the system performance of the Snapdragon 450. It integrates Adreno 618 GPU, which provides 15% higher performance than the Adreno 616 (Snapdragon 712). It features the Snapdragon X15 LTE modem, which supports 3-carrier aggregation, 4×4 MIMO on two carriers and 256-QAM modulation for fast download speed up to 800 Mbps. The Kryo 240 CPU should get a 70% performance boost over the pervious generation while the Adreno 610 GPU is aiming for a 60% improvement in graphics performance.

The Snapdragon 662 is a more affordable chipset for smartphones within the mid-range and offers impressive camera features.

The chipset also packs Qualcomm's Hexagon 692 DSP for on-device AI operations, plus full support for 4K video recording and high-speed displays running at resolutions as high as 2520 x 1080. But 4G, also known as LTE, isn't going away anytime soon - in some parts of the world, it will remain the fastest way to connect.

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