Qualcomms latest mid-range smartphone processors take a cue from the top shelf

Posted At : 14 May 2017

Most premium smartphone flagships contain processors from Qualcomms Snapdragon 820 or 835 line. These chips boast perks like more processing power, faster connection speeds, longer battery life, and enhanced photography and gaming. Now, several of those benefits are coming to mid-ranged processors, namely the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 and 630. Both chipsets contain a few features previously seen only in top-of-the-line 800 tier Snapdragons, such as the Qualcomm Spectra camera ISP, which promises smoother zoom, faster autofocus and vivid, accurate colors in photography. It also means better support for dual-lens cameras, which means that trend could spread to more affordable phones in the near future. The higher-end 660 supports 16 MP + 16 MP dual cameras, while the 630 supports up to 13 MP + 13 MP. For multimedia, both the 660 and 630 feature technology that improves color accuracy and viewing in bright sunlight, along with support for Hi-Fi audio. With a display port connection, the 660 platform can also be connected to a 4K-supporting television, letting you watch 4K video from your phone on the larger screen.