Qualcomm has announced three new Snapdragon chipsets spread across the mid-range segment at the ongoing 4G/5G summit in Hong Kong. Lately, the mid-range smartphones are getting faster and are also selling in quite good numbers now this calls for chipmakers like Qualcomm to strengthen its foothold in this particular segment. The new chipsets include Snapdragon 653, Snapdragon 626 and Snapdragon 427. The new products herald with improvised performance characteristics and also offers a bunch of new features.

Let’s begin by listing out the improvements common to all the three processors, The Snapdragon 653, Snapdragon 626 and the Snapdragon 427 all the three support Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0 which is designed to charge the devices 27 percent faster than the QuickCharge 3.0 technology. As one might have observed that the dual-camera hardware is something that we only find in the flagship and premium phones, however, this will now change since all the three Qualcomm chips will extend support for the dual camera. Support for a dual camera will eventually translate to better imaging overalls across the midsegment smartphones.

Furthermore, the chipsets also offer X9 LTE with CAT 7 modem which marks a 50 percent increase in the maximum uplink speeds as opposed to the X8 LTE Modem. Qualcomm has also extended support for 64-QAM in the uplink and this is something that will contribute for better upload speeds. LTE Advanced Carrier Aggregation support is up to 2sx20 MHz. The VoLTE support also comes with the Enhanced Voice Services (EVS) codec which is expected to drastically improve the call quality and call reliability, something of prime importance especially after considering the rise in VoLTE usage.

Snapdragon 653 has marked improvements over CPU and GPU and has doubled up the RAM support to 8GB but it still uses the LPDDR3 memory. In essence, the Snapdragon 653 is the Pro edition of the 652 and it builds upon the features of its predecessor. The Pin and Software compatibility with the Snapdragon 650 and 652 will help the manufacturer opt for Snapdragon 653 without much of a hassle. The Snapdragon 653 is rated for a 10 percent increase in performance and the TruSignal antenna boost technology is expected to help with better coverage and signal reception. Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 also shows a performance spike of 10-percent and is pin to pin and software compatible with its immediate predecessor. Also, the Snapdragon 653 still comes equipped with the Adreno 510 GPU albeit an increase in its peak frequency.

The Snapdragon 427 also comes bundled with a slew of new improvements which are new to this chipset segment. For instance, the Snapdragon 427 is the first chipset in the Snapdragon 400 family that comes equipped with TruSignal technology. The Snapdragon 427 will also come with Hexagon DSP support which is designed to sense the things happening around without actually being brutal on the battery. The DSP usually brings about a significant improvement in low light photos and audio recording.

Snapdragon’s new line-up is equipped to handle the imminent future with support for VR/AR experience, 360-degree camera, biometric sensors, better VoLTE quality, machine learning, context-aware computing and improvised converged connectivity.

Disclosure: The editor of this blog is in Hong Kong for the Qualcomm 4G/5G summit on the invitation of Qualcomm.

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Mahit Huilgol is a Mechanical Engineering graduate and is a Technology and Automobile aficionado. He ditched the Corporate boardroom wars in the favor for technology battle ground. Also a foodie by heart and loves both the edible chips and the non-edible silicon chips.