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Snapdragon 730, 730G and 665 Mobile Platforms

Qualcomm Technologies has expanded its mobile roadmap in the 7 and 6 series to include its latest SnapdragonTM 730, 730G and 665 Mobile Platforms.

These latest additions have been designed to “exceed customer expectations” on delivering experiences in artificial intelligence, gaming, camera, and performance.

The 730

With 2x the power of its predecessor, Qualcomm Technologies’ 4th generation multi-core Qualcomm AI Engine is designed to accelerate intuitive on-device interactions for camera, gaming, voice and security.

The Qualcomm HexagonTM 688 Processor inside Snapdragon 730 supports improved base scalar and Hexagon Vector eXtensions (HVX) performance, as well as the new Hexagon Tensor Accelerator—now adding dedicated AI processing into the Hexagon Processor.

The Platform also features the Qualcomm SpectraTM 350 which includes a dedicated Computer Vision (CV) ISP, to provide up to 4x overall power savings in CV compared to the previous generation. The lower power and faster CV can also capture 4K HDR videos in Portrait Mode (Bokeh).

The CV-ISP is capable of high resolution depth sensing and the ability to support triple cameras that feature ultra-wide, portrait and telephoto lenses. While photos and videos are captured in the HEIF format so users can document life from multiple angles and store it all at half the file size to the previous generation.

The 730 also comprises the Qualcomm AdrenoTM 618 GPU and is the first 7 series platform to integrate Vulkan 1.1, a graphics library that integrates enhanced developer tools and runs off 20% less power than Open GL ES, resulting in better graphics and longer battery life. As part of the gaming experience, the surround sound audio experience is enhanced by both Qualcomm aptXTM Adaptive audio and Qualcomm AqsticTM audio tech.

Based on an 8nm process node, the Qualcomm KryoTM 470 CPU and the Adreno 618 GPU are engineered with new architectures, resulting in up to 35% performance uplift for each core.

Featured in the Snapdragon 730, the Snapdragon X15 LTE Modem offers what Qualcomm describes as “remarkable cellular download speeds” up to 800 Mbps. It is also one of the company’s first platforms that comes Wi-Fi 6-ready.

The 730G

Qualcomm Technologies in-house game studio has collaborated with game-makers to optimise Snapdragon 730G for a selection of the world’s top-rated games.

With an enhanced Adreno 618 GPU, the Snapdragon 730G gives up to 15% faster graphics render over the 730, and is the next “step up” for gamers.

Qualcomm Technologies has reduced stuttering game play by up to 90% in games running at 30fps with the Jank Reducer feature.

Additionally, as part of the Snapdragon 730G offering, there are also improvements in the camera pipeline, adding support for Cinemagraph, low power voice activation and HD super slow-mo at 960fps.

The 665

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. It is engineered to deliver up to 2x faster AI on-device processing compared to the previous generation.

The Qualcomm Spectra 165 ISP in the Snapdragon 665 is reinforced with AI, providing intuitive scene recognition and auto adjustments like HDR. The Snapdragon 665 supports advanced camera features including Hybrid Autofocus, Optical Zoom, Zero Shutter Lag Video, Video Style Transfer, and Triple Camera with support for Telephoto, Wide and Ultra-Wide, and can take super resolution snapshots at up to 48 megapixels.

Snapdragon 665 features the Adreno 610 GPU, which is designed to deliver improved and long lasting gameplay, and also supports Vulkan 1.1. Snapdragon 665 also supports aptX Adaptive Audio and Qualcomm Aqstic.

Using the Kryo 260 CPU, this energy-efficient platform disperses tasks between four performance and four efficiency cores to ensure peak performance and long-lasting battery life. Snapdragon 665 features the Snapdragon X12 LTE Modem offers LTE download speeds up to 600 Mbps and integrated 802.11ac Wi-Fi enabling high capacity and broad range connectivity.

Bethan Grylls

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