Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 665, 730 and 730G mobile processors

Qualcomm AI Day: Snapdragon 665, 730, 730G mobile platforms announced with focus on camera, AI and gaming

All three chipsets are designed with camera, gaming, and AI (Artificial Intelligence) in focus. The Snapdragon 730G, unveiled alongside the stock Snapdragon 730 and the Snapdragon 655, has been created with mobile gaming in mind. With an enhanced Adreno 618 GPU, graphics are rendered up to 15% faster than seen with the Snapdragon 730.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 is an 8nm chipset that uses octa-core Kryo 470 CPU with up to 2.2GHz clock speed. The X12 LTE modem, which was the same as the Snapdragon 636 - supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi and cellular download and upload speeds of up to 600Mbps and 150Mbps (LTE Category 13), respectively, with 4X4 MIMO, three times carrier aggregation, and 256-QAM. It supports up to FHD+ (2520 x 1080) display with HDR10.

Additionally, the chipmaker company has also announced a new gaming-focused processor - Snapdragon 730G, where G stands for gaming.

The Adreno 610 GPU here isn't as powerful as the 730s, but it also has a Vulkan 1.1 graphics driver for light gaming.

Snapdragon 730 is built on 8 nm process technology.

The Snapdragon 665 supports the 3rd generation Qualcomm AI Engine, featuring the Hexagon 686 DSP, with the addition of HVX, to enable advanced AI mobile experiences.

The SD 665 platform features 8x Kryo 260 CPU which have been divided into four performance and four efficiency cores.

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While the Snapdragon 665 doesn't offer a modem capable of connecting with the high-speed 5G networks coming on line this year, it should deliver fast data speeds over LTE. It's 2X faster than the previous generation and provides intuitive on-device interactions for camera, gaming, voice, and security. The Spectra 350 includes a Computer Vision ISP which reduce power consumption.

Devices featuring these new Snapdragon parts are expected to hit the market in "mid 2019".

Other features of the Snapdragon 730 include fingerprint readers, iris scanners, 3D face unlock, Qualcomm Adaptive Antenna tuning, Qualcomm Envelope Tracking, and Qualcomm Signal Boost. That includes features like a smarter camera and even AI performance. These are: Snapdragon 665, Snapdragon 730 and Snapdragon 730G. It has eight Kryo 260 cores (four performance, four efficiency) that can be clocked up to 2GHz.

Qualcomm said the gaming-centric chipset has lower WiFi latency to support efficient online gaming and provide smooth, fast gameplay. In photography, the 730 features Qualcomm Spectra 350 and supports 4K video with HDR, instant video bokeh effect and sensors up to 92 megapixel.

At first glance, you'd be forgiven for questioning the differences between the Snapdragon 730 and the Snapdragon 730G. It is also one of the company's first platforms that comes Wi-Fi 6-ready.

When mobile games produce jankor stutterit takes the player out of the action, Qualcomm Technologies has helped solve for this by reducing janks by up to 90% in games running at 30fps with the JankReducer feature.

The camera support provided by the Snapdragon 665 offers support for up to 48 MP / up to 25 MP, MFNR, ZSL, 30 fps single camera, up to 16 MP, MFNR, ZSL, 30 fps dual camera with Hybrid Autofocus and Zero shutter lag.

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