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Qualcomm’s top of the line Snapdragon 845 is already here and the company is said to be working on SoCs for mid-range smartphones. As per XDA Developers, the rumoured Snapdragon 670 SoC (sdm 670) may be rebranded to Snapdragon 710 (sdm 710) and is also said to power at least two upcoming Xiaomi devices. Firmware files for two Xiaomi devices code-named “Sirius” and “Comet" surfaced online few days ago and the code mentioned the use of the Snapdragon 670 SoC on both the devices. Folks at XDA Developers were then able to get their hands upon some updated firmware files for the same devices and this time, all references to the Snapdragon 670 SoC were found to be replaced by the Snapdragon 710 chipset.
Initially, it was thought that the company could’ve simply decided to use the upgraded processor on both the devices, but as per a “reliable” source, XDA Developers say that the yet to be announced Snapdragon 670 SoC is scrapped and will be released as sdm 710. This is also further reiterated by the commit changes found on Qualcomm’s CodeAurora forums. From what we know so far, the upcoming Snapdragon 670 chipset, now rebranded to sdm 710, is expected to be used in premium mid-range smartphones and also feature AI capabilities, tricked down from the high-end Snapdragon 845 SoC.
Qualcomm announced its 700 series of processors at the MWC 2018. They will be powered by Qualcomm's Kryo cores and Adreno GPUs. They will also feature the company’s Spectra ISP, Hexagon vector processor and Adreno visual processing subsystems for handing AI related tasks. Qualcomm says that the 700 series chipsets will offer twice as fast AI computations than the Snapdragon 660, alongwith 30% increase battery efficiency and ability to charge 2750mAh battery from zero percent to fifty percent in 15 minutes, thanks to the Quick Charge 4+ technology.
As for the two aforementioned Xiaomi smartphones, both the ‘Comet’ and ‘Sirius’ will reportedly feature an OLED always on display feature but the latter might feature a notch on top of its display. They are said to dual SIM devices which could launch running on Android 8.1 Oreo. The Comet and Sirius might be powered by a 3100mAh and 3120mAh battery respectively, and the company might remove microSD card support for them.
Speaking of Xiaomi, the company will be launching its first gaming smartphone called Blackshark in China. The device is being released under the company’s sub-brand by the same name and a recently teased poster of the device reads “meant for gamers” and reveals rounded rounded corners. The handset's design is in contrast with the Razer phone, which it is speculated to go up against, as the latter has a blocky design with sharp corners. The poster also shows the power key being placed on the right edge of the device.
As for the specifications, there is no official confirmation of it but it was previously spotted on AnTuTu. According to the listing, the device features a 6-inch display with 2160 x 1080p resolution and a taller 18:9 display aspect ratio and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC. It also suggests that the phone could sport 32GB internal storage, which we are doubtful about as a smartphone aimed at gamers would ideally have ample ROM. Fresh reports point to this as it could actually come with 256GB ROM and pack a 3400mAh battery. It is also speculated to feature a 120Hz refresh rate, same as the Razer phone.