Details of the Snapdragon 710 and 730 revealed
Qualcomm unveiled its new Snapdragon 700 line of SoCs at MWC in February. The new series of chipsets will find its way into smartphones soon, and a new report has detailed the first two SoCs in the line, the Snapdragon 710 and Snapdragon 730.
The Snapdragon 710 is a rebrand of the Snapdragon 670 that was touted towards the end of 2017. The SoC will be built on Samsung's 10nm LPE process. This manufacturing process is said to offer a 27% boost in performance over the 14nm process, while still having 40% lower power consumption. The Snapdragon 710 will feature two performance Kryo 3xx cores clocked at 2.2 GHz, and six efficient Kryo 3xx cores clocked at 1.7 GHz.
The performance cores are likely based on the Cortex-A75 architecture, while the efficient cores are based on Cortex-A55 cores. The Snapdragon 710 has support for 2x16 LPDDR4X RAM, and features an Adreno 615 with QHD rendering support, a Spectra 250 ISP with support for 3x concurrent sensors totaling 32 MP, 4K60 H.265, 4K30 H.264, UFS 2.1, Type-C USB 3.1, Dual-band WiFi, and Bluetooth 5.0.
The Snapdragon 730 shares a lot of features with the Snapdragon 710. However, it's built on Samsung's more efficient 8nm LPP process and features two performance cores clocked at 2.3 GHz and six efficient cores clocked at 1.8 GHz. It also has a better ISP, with its Spectra 350 offering a boost over the Spectra 250 on the Snapdragon 710. Lastly, it has a dedicated NPU—the NPU120.
The Snapdragon 710 is said to be lined up for two Xiaomi smartphones this year, so we're likely to see it towards the end of the year. This is the first sighting of the Snapdragon 730, though, so it's a bit hard to guess when it will find its way into consumer hands.