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Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 617 and Snapdragon 430

Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 and Snapdragon 430 debut with Quick Charge 3.0 support
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The two new chips aim to provide affordable computing power to high- and mid-tier devices, being the first ones in their tier to offer support for Quick Charge 3.0.
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Qualcomm announced two new processors earlier today, namely the Snapdragon 617 and Snapdragon 430. Both will equip mid-range devices and, if everything goes as planned, they should hit the market just in time for the holiday season.

Qualcomm did not unveil all the details yet, but the highlights of both chips are now public:

  • Snapdragon 617 - eight Cortex-A53 cores up to 1.5 GHz, Adreno 405 graphics, Hexagon 546 DSP, dual-ISP for up to 21 MP, X8 LTE with Cat 7 speeds
  • Snapdragon 430 - eight Cortex-A53 cores up to 1.2 GHz, Adreno 505 graphics, Hexagon 536 DSP, dual-ISP for up to 21 MP, X6 LTE with Cat 4 speeds

In addition to the above, both chips are the first ones in their tier to offer Quick Charge 3.0 support. According to Qualcomm, this new technology offers up to 4 times the charging speeds of traditional USB charging.

The first of these two new chips that should hit the market is the Snapdragon 617, but there is no detailed information on its availability yet. Qualcomm only mentioned that this chip "is expected in devices by the end of 2015" and nothing more.

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Codrut Nistor, 2015-09-15 (Update: 2015-09-15)
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Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.