Qualcomm updates its mid-range lineup with the announcement of the Snapdragon 678 chipset today. It is a successor to the Snapdragon 675 SoC, launched more than two years ago. Snapdragon 678 features some minor upgrades to supply higher camera and connectivity capabilities to customers.
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Snapdragon 678: Specifications
The Adreno 612 GPU is similar however Qualcomm guarantees a performance increase within the official blog post. It has not shared any figures (including clock speed or % gains) that again these claims. The chipset additionally contains the Hexagon 685 DSP, Spectra 250L ISP, and the 4G LTE-enabled Snapdragon X12 modem. You even have the newest Third-Gen Qualcomm AI Engine onboard, which appears to be the one main improvement over the Snapdragon 675.
In addition to performance upgrades, Snapdragon 678 SoC will “support dynamic photography and videography abilities, and immersive entertainment experiences with long battery life over fast, reliable connectivity,” as per the blog publish.
Most of the specs of the new chipset stay identical to its predecessor.
Snapdragon 678 vs Snapdragon 675
|Snapdragon 678||Snapdragon 675|
|CPU||Kryo 460, clocked as much as 2.2GHz||Kryo 460, clocked as much as 2.0GHz|
|GPU||Adreno 612 (sooner)||Adreno 612|
|DSP||Hexagon 685||Hexagon 685|
|ISP||Spectra 250L||Spectra 250L|
|AI||Third-Gen AI Engine||1st-Gen AI Engine|
|Display functionality||as much as Full-HD+ @ 60Hz
2520 x 1080-pixel
|as much as Full-HD+ @ 60Hz
2520 x 1080-pixel
|Camera functionality||as much as 48MP single digital camera and as much as 16MP dual-camera||as much as 48MP single digital camera and as much as 16MP dual-camera|
|Video functionality||as much as 4K @ 30fps, 1080p slo-mo @120fps||as much as 4K @ 30fps, 1080p slo-mo @120fps|
|Charging||Quick Charge 4+||Quick Charge 4+|
|Modem||Snapdragon X12 LTE||Snapdragon X12 LTE|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 5||Bluetooth 5|
|Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi 802.11ac||Wi-Fi 802.11ac|
Snapdragon 678 only supports up to Full-HD+ (2520×1080 pixel) displays with as much as a 60Hz refresh rate. This is a bit disappointing when you think about the fact that phone makers like Realme are offering 90Hz displays at sub-Rs. 12,000 price brackets. Further, the chipset supports as much as 48MP rear and 16MP selfie cameras which might be able to capture as much as 4K video at 30fps.
The Snapdragon X12 modem helps obtain speeds as much as 600 Mbps and add speeds as much as 150 Mbps. Qualcomm boasts that it doesn’t sacrifice battery life to give you minor upgrades by way of the Snapdragon 678. You can expect many sub-Rs. 15,000 phones to reach with this mid-range chipset in tow next year.