Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 revealed in surprise announcement
Qualcomm, the chipset manufacturer responsible for a major portion of the mobile processors, has announced the successor to the Snapdragon 660, the aptly named Snapdragon 670.
Despite the naming similarities and apparent marketing placement, the 670 actually shares more traits with fresh out of the oven Snapdragon 710 than its predecessor. Just like the SD710, the SD670 comes with octa-core CPU with the exact same core configuration which is comprised of two big cores and six “small” power-efficient ones – 2x Kryo 360 + 6x Kryo 360. The two big Kryo 360 cores are based on the Cortex-A75 architecture, while the small ones are Cortex-A55. To mark the difference, however, the big cores are downclocked to 2.0GHz from the 710’s 2.2Ghz. The small cores remain identical.
Despite the fewer big core count than its predecessor, Qualcomm is confident that that the SD670 offers 25% better performance over the SD660 while the SD710 is 35% faster compared to the SD660. We would bet they achieve that because the 670 manufactured with a more efficient 10nm LPP manufacturing process.
More changes to the visual departments
Besides the processing power side, The 670 also comes with an improved ISP, namely the Spectra 250, which is also used in the 710. However, it is a comparatively weaker version that can only take up to 25MP photos in single cameras and 16MP in duals.
Unsurprisingly the ISP also is uncapable of doing higher end stuff like HDR video recording and QHD+ display output. The modem that comes with it is also what seperates it from its bigger sibling, it is only a Snapdragon X12 LTE.
Oh, and of course it comes with the new AI Engine that all new chipsets in 2018 sports.