At MWC, Qualcomm announced the expansion of their mobile processor lineup with the Snapdragon 700 series processors. As the name suggests, the new mobile chip series will be placed between the Snapdragon 600 series and the flagship 800 series chips. The upcoming 700 series SoCs will be powered by Qualcomm's Kryo cores and come with Adreno GPUs. However, the biggest feature on the upcoming SoCs will be the inclusion of AI-based capabilities. Qualcomm claims that the 700 series chips will offer twice as fast AI computations than the Snapdragon 660 and will also offer 30% increased battery efficiency.
Alex Katouzian, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mobile, Qualcomm Technologies said, “The Snapdragon 700 Mobile Platform Series will bring premium tier technologies and features into more affordable devices, something our global OEM customers and consumers are demanding.” He added, “From our cutting-edge Qualcomm AI Engine to superior camera, device performance and power, the Snapdragon 700 Series is optimized to support the experiences consumers have come to expect from the most advanced mobile devices at a lower price point.”
Qualcomm is also touting the upcoming chip’s imaging capabilities as it will use the company’s Spectra ISP, which will be helped by the chips’ native AI capabilities to get a better picture. The company also claims that the new chips bring Quick Charge 4+ technology that can charge 2750mAh battery from zero percent to fifty percent in 15 minutes.
Qualcomm has plans to ship out commercial samples to its partners in the first half of 2018. Hence, we can expect phones and other devices powered by the chipset by the end of this year or early next year.