The upcoming platform is said to be the successor to the currently available Snapdragon 653
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Qualcomm will be announcing its next mid-tier platform (SoC), the Snapdragon 660 on May 9 in China, and has sent out media invites for the same. The new platform is likely to replace the Snapdragon 653, which is one of the fastest budget-tier SoCs in the market. Details of the platfrom were leaked back in November 2016, alongside the Snapdragon 835 SoC. According to that report the SoC will be called MSM 8976 Plus, and will have a octa-core configuration. It is also tipped to be manufactured using the 14nm manufacturing process.
According to the previous report, the Snapdragon 660 is expected to feature two clusters of processing cores, comprising of four processors each. The current gen Snapdragon 653 SoC currently uses ARM’s A72 and A53 cores clocked between 1.8GHz to 1.95GHz. It is likely that Qualcomm may use a similar setup, but with higher clock speeds. Rumours suggest that one of the four core clusters will be clocked at 2.2GHz, while the other quad-core cluster may have a speed of 1.9GHz. There are also rumours that four of these cores will be Kryo 280 cores, which are the same cores used by Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 835 SoC.
The new SoC is also expected to feature a new GPU, an Adreno 512. The Snapdragon 660 SoC is rumoured to support UFS 2.1 storage solutions and may offer extended support to dual-channel LPDDR4 RAMs with max clock speeds of 1866MHz. The current generation Snapdragon 653 supports 8GB LPDDR3 RAMs with max speeds of 933MHz. The new platform is also tipped to offer Qualcomm’s X10 modem, instead of the X9 currently used by the Snapdragon 652.
Smartphones powered by the Snapdragon 660 are expected to launch in the second half of this year. There already have been reports of a few phones like the Nokia 7, Nokia 8 and Xiaomi Mi Max 2, which may be powered by the new platform.
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