Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 675, a mid-range
smartphone SoC with some high-end features. Perhaps most
notable is the fact that its new Kryo 460 architecture is built
around ARM’s Cortex-A76 cores, which are designed for flagship
devices and haven’t yet made their way into a Qualcomm chip.
first major SoC with A76 is Huawei’s Kirin 980.)
The Snapdragon 675 has two performance-focused cores at 2.0GHz
alongside six 1.78GHz cores designed for power efficiency. For
comparison, the current flagship Snapdragon 845 uses four
2.8GHz performance cores based on the Cortex-A75, so it’ll
still be a lot faster. The 845 is also built on a 10nm process
versus the 675’s 11nm. But
as Anandtech notes, it’s unusual to see Qualcomm
launch a new CPU design on a mid-range product, particularly
considering that the results will probably outperform the
ostensibly higher-tier (and
not exactly old) Snapdragon 710.
Cores aside, the Snapdragon 675 appears to have designed for
the reality that high-end features are
no longer the exclusive preserve of flagship phones. The
new image signal processor has been built with triple-camera
setups in mind, while there are gaming enhancements for
specific titles that sound similar to
Huawei’s GPU Turbo optimizations. The 675 also includes
Quick Charge 4+ support and a faster AI engine.
Qualcomm expects the Snapdragon 675 to make its way into
consumer phones in the first quarter of 2019, so don’t be
surprised if it seems like every new device has three cameras
on the back by then.