Qualcomm working on mid-range Snapdragon 6150 and 7150 SoCs

Qualcomm is working on the Snapdragon 6150 and 7150 targeted at mid-range devices. (Source: Qualcomm)
Qualcomm is working on the Snapdragon 6150 and 7150 targeted at mid-range devices. (Source: Qualcomm)
Aside from the flagship Snapdragon 8150, Qualcomm is also working on two mid-range SoCs — the Snapdragon 6150 and Snapdragon 7150. All that is known so far is that these are octa-core SoCs and are based on the updated 'Kryo' cores. Further details of the chips and probable launch dates are still elusive.

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We know that the next generation of Qualcomm's flagship Snapdragon SoCs are already under testing by various OEMs and that it is likely to be called the Snapdragon 855 or 8150 as per rumors. Word on the street is that Qualcomm is also hard at work on developing new mid-range SoCs — the Snapdragon 6150 (SM6150) and the Snapdragon 7150 (SM7150). References to these new SoCs were also found on GitHub.

Not much is known about the SM6150 and the SM7150 apart from the fact that these are octa-core CPUs featuring new 'Kyro' cores. Details about the clocks, GPU, and other components are not yet available. However, we do have an idea of the target devices for each of these chips. Both the SM6150 and the SM7150 are expected to be fabricated on the 11nm LPP process similar to the recently announced Snapdragon 675 SoC.

The SM6150 is likely intended for cheaper mid-range devices. The development board used by Qualcomm for the SM6150 supports a FHD+ (2160 x 1080) resolution on at least a 5.99-inch display. The SM6150 is expected to support a 12 MP + 13 MP dual camera setup at the rear and a 20 MP front camera. 

The SM7150, on the other hand, is being targeted at more premium mid-range offerings. The test platform for this SoC reportedly sports an 18:9 QHD+ (2880 x 1440) resolution. So far, almost all mid-range models in 2018 have had FHD+ screens so the SM7150 might provide the right impetus for OEMs to bundle higher resolution screens in the mid-range segment. Like the SM6150, the SM7150 also supports a dual 12 MP + 13 MP camera setup at the rear along with a 20 MP front camera. 

It is still not clear as to when these SoCs will see the light of the day but all indications point to wide availability next year. We will keep you posted as we get to hear more information so watch this space.


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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2018-11- 6 (Update: 2018-11- 6)
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I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.