At the Qualcomm’s 4G/5G summit yesterday, the company announced three new SoCs aimed at low and mid tier phones. The new SoCs are called the Snapdragon 653, 626 and 427. The three are upgraded versions of the Snapdragon 652, 626 and 425 SoCs respectively. While devices powered by the Snapdragon 653 and 626 are likely to hit the market by the end of this year, Snapdragon 427 powered devices will be coming to the market in early 2017.
The Snapdragon 653 is basically a beefed up version of the Snapdragon 652, and gets a similar octa-core setup. Qualcomm has increased the clock speed of the A72 cores from 1.80GHz on the Snapdragon 652 to 1.92GHz on the Snapdragon 653. Apart from that the chipset uses the same Adreno 510 GPU, adds support for 8GB of RAM, and has a new X9 LTE modem. It is still made using the 28nm manufacturing process.
The newly announced Snapdragon 626 also brings a performance increase over the Snapdragon 625. It too has an 4+4 octa core setup and uses Cortex A53 cores. It also uses the same Adreno 506 GPU that was introduced with the Snapdragon 625. The SoC still supports Dual ISPs, 24MP cameras and features the new X9 LTE modem.
Similarly, the Snapdragon 427 is a revised version of the Snapdragon 425 and uses the same A53 CPU with clock speeds going up to 1.4GHz. It sports an Adreno 308 GPU and the SoC can support cameras up to 16MP. However, all this is exactly the same as the Snapdragon 425. In fact, the only change on the Snapdragon 427 comes in the form of the X9 LTE modem.