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Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952

Qualcomm 617 MSM8952

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952 is a mid-range ARMv8-based SoC largely for Android tablets and smartphones announced in September 2015. In addition to 8 Cortex-A53 CPU cores at up to 1.5 / 1.2 (performance and power saving cluster) GHz, the SoC integrates an Adreno 405 GPU with a LPDDR3-1866 memory controller and supports Wi-Fi (802.11ac), Bluetooth 4.0, UMTS, and LTE. Compared to the older Snapdragon 615, the clock speeds are a bit lower (hits 1.7 GHz max).

CPU

The Cortex-A53 is the successor to the very popular Cortex-A7 design. In addition to the new 64-bit capable ARMv8 ISA, the cores offer a variety of other improvements such as better branch prediction. This leads to a significantly higher performance per clock, which is even above the older Cortex-A9.

The eight cores of the Snapdragon 617 are divided into two quad-core clusters, each optimized for a different operating point. While one cluster can clock up to 1.5 GHz to handle more demanding applications, the other cluster is limited to a maximum of 1.2 GHz for energy-saving purposes. All eight cores can be active at the same time, although most applications aren't parallelized to support 8 cores efficiently.

Overall, the Snapdragon 617 offers a performance similar to that of the older Snapdragon 600 (Krait architecture).

GPU

Another new feature is the integrated graphics unit named Adreno 405 (most likely around 550 MHz). The Adreno 400 series has been substantially redesigned and supports DirectX 11.2 (FL 11_1) including hardware tessellation, OpenGL ES 3.1, and OpenCL 1.2. Furthermore, the performance has been significantly improved, which is now similar to the Adreno 320 and PowerVR G6200.

Features

The Snapdragon 617 offers numerous wireless technologies such as Bluetooth 4.0 and WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n/ac as well as a Multi-SIM cellular modem supporting LTE cat. 4 (up to 150 Mbps), WCDMA, CDMA, EV-DO, TD-SCDMA and GSM/EDGE.

The SoC can encode and decode 1080p videos using dedicated hardware and stream content to displays with up to 2560 x 2048 pixels. A large number of video codecs including H.265 (playback only) will be supported. The camera ISP can handle sensors with up to 21 MP.

Power Consumption

The Snapdragon 617 is manufactured by TSMC in a 28 nm LP process. According to the specifications, we expect a medium or medium-high power consumption for use in medium-sized or larger smartphones and tablets.

SeriesQualcomm Snapdragon
CodenameCortex-A53
Series: Snapdragon Cortex-A53
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 compare2.2 GHz8 / 8 Cortex-A53
Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 compare2.2 GHz8 / 8 Cortex-A53
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 compare2 GHz8 / 8 Cortex-A53
Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 compare2 GHz8 / 8 Cortex-A53
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 compare1.8 GHz8 / 8 Cortex-A53
Qualcomm Snapdragon 429 compare2 GHz4 / 4 Cortex-A53
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM89521.5 GHz8 / 8 Cortex-A53
Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 MSM8939v2 compare1.7 GHz8 / 8 Cortex-A53
Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939 compare1.7 GHz8 / 8 Cortex-A53
Qualcomm Snapdragon 610 MSM8936 compare1.7 GHz4 / 4 Cortex-A53
Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 compare1.4 GHz8 / 8 Cortex-A53
Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) compare1.4 GHz8 / 8 Cortex-A53
Qualcomm Snapdragon 415 MSM8929 compare1.4 GHz8 / 8 Cortex-A53
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917) compare1.4 GHz4 / 4 Cortex-A53
Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916 compare1.4 GHz4 / 4 Cortex-A53
Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 APQ8016 compare1.2 GHz4 / 4 Cortex-A53
Clock Rate1500 MHz
Number of Cores / Threads8 / 8
Manufacturing Technology28 nm
FeaturesAdreno 405 GPU, Dual-Stream 802.11ac WLAN, Bluetooth, LTE Cat. 7, GPS (iZat Gen8C), 32/64 Bit LPDDR3-1866 Memory Controller
GPUQualcomm Adreno 405 ( - 550 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
ArchitectureARM
Announcement Date09/15/2015
Product Link (external)Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952

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Reviews for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952 processor

AGM X1 (Qualcomm Adreno 405, 5.50")
» AGM X1 - External Review

Alcatel Idol 4 (Qualcomm Adreno 405, 5.20")
» Alcatel Idol 4 - External Review

BlackBerry DTEK50 (Qualcomm Adreno 405, 5.20")
» BlackBerry DTEK50 Smartphone Review - Review
» BlackBerry DTEK50 - External Review

CAT S60 (Qualcomm Adreno 405, 4.70")
» CAT S60 - External Review

Coolpad Max (Qualcomm Adreno 405, 5.50")
» Coolpad Max - External Review

Coolpad Max A8 (Qualcomm Adreno 405, 5.50")
» Coolpad Max A8 - External Review

Coolpad Note 5 (Qualcomm Adreno 405, 5.50")
» Coolpad Note 5 - External Review

HTC One A9 (Qualcomm Adreno 405, 5.00")
» HTC One A9 Smartphone Review - Review
» HTC One A9 - External Review

Kyocera DuraForce Pro (Qualcomm Adreno 405, 5.00")
» Kyocera DuraForce Pro - External Review

Lenovo Moto G4 (Qualcomm Adreno 405, 5.50")
» Lenovo Moto G4 Smartphone Review - Review
» Lenovo Moto G4 - External Review

Lenovo Moto G4 Plus (Qualcomm Adreno 405, 5.50")
» Lenovo Moto G4 Plus Smartphone Review - Review
» Motorola Moto G 4. Gen Plus - External Review

LG G Pad III 10.1 (Qualcomm Adreno 405, 10.10")
» LG G Pad III 10.1 - External Review

LG G Pad III 8.0 (Qualcomm Adreno 405, 8.00")
» LG G Pad III 8.0 - External Review

Motorola Moto G 4. Gen (Qualcomm Adreno 405, 5.50")
» Motorola Moto G 4. Gen - External Review

Motorola Moto G 4. Gen Plus (Qualcomm Adreno 405, 5.50")
» Motorola Moto G 4. Gen Plus - External Review

Samsung Galaxy C5 (Qualcomm Adreno 405, 5.20")
» Samsung Galaxy C5 - External Review

ZTE Axon 7 Mini (Qualcomm Adreno 405, 5.20")
» ZTE Axon 7 Mini Smartphone Review - Review
» ZTE Axon 7 Mini - External Review

ZTE Blade V7 Max (Qualcomm Adreno 405, 5.50")
» ZTE Blade V7 Max - External Review

ZTE Blade Velocity (Qualcomm Adreno 405, 5.20")
» ZTE Blade Velocity - External Review

ZTE Grand X Max 2 (Qualcomm Adreno 405, 6.00")
» ZTE Grand X Max 2 - External Review

ZTE Nubia Z11 Mini (Qualcomm Adreno 405, 5.00")
» ZTE Nubia Z11 Mini - External Review

ZTE Zmax Pro (Qualcomm Adreno 405, 6.00")
» ZTE Zmax Pro - External Review

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Other CPUs of the series Snapdragon

» Microsoft SQ1
   8x 3 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx
   8x 2.84 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus)
   8x 2.42 GHz - 3.1 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
   8x 2.42 GHz - 2.84 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
   8x 2.84 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 850
   8x 2.96 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
   8x 2.8 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
   8x 1.8 GHz - 2.4 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 765
   8x 1.8 GHz - 2.3 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 5G
   8x 1.7 GHz - 2 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G
   8x 2.3 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
   8x 2.2 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 730
   8x 2.2 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
   8x 2.3 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 675
   8x 2 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998)
   8x 2.45 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 712
   8x 2.3 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 710
   8x 2.2 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 670
   8x 2.02 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
   8x 2.2 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
   8x 1.8 GHz - 2 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
   8x 2.2 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
   8x 1.8 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 632
   8x 1.8 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 630
   8x 2.2 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 626
   8x 2.2 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
   8x 2 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 439
   8x 2 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 450
   8x 1.8 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 429
   4x 2 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 435
   8x 1.4 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 8930AB
   2x 1.7 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8230
   2x 1.2 GHz
» Qualcomm 205
   2x 1.1 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 MSM8660
   2x 1.7 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 MSM8260
   2x 1.5 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 MSM8255
   1x 1.5 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7227
   1x 0.6 GHz

Surrounding CPUs

+ Intel Atom Z3530
   4x 1.33 GHz
+ Samsung Exynos 5250 Dual
   2x 1.7 GHz
+ Mediatek MT8752
   8x 1.7 GHz
+ Mediatek MT6752
   8x 1.7 GHz
+ Samsung Exynos 7580 Octa
   8x 1.6 GHz
- HiSilicon Kirin 620
   8x 1.2 GHz
- Rockchip RK3288
   4x 1.8 GHz
- Mediatek MT6753
   8x 1.5 GHz
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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2015-12-21)