Last week, Qualcomm confirmed the 2017 midrange processors in the shape of Snapdragon 660 and Snapdragon 630.
Where the Snapdragon 660 comes in to take the place of the outgoing Snapdragon 650 series, the Snapdragon 630 will be succeeding the Snapdragon 625. At the time of launch, the American chipset maker gave us details of what these processors are capable of, with the major highlight coming on the camera support end.
Apparently, the Snapdragon 630 will be capable of supporting a dual-lens camera of 13MP+13MP while the Snapdragon 660 will take this to the next level, allowing OEMs to equip their midrangers with impressive 16MP+16MP dual-lens cameras. In addition to this impressive support for dual-lens cameras, the Snapdragon 660 is poised to be one of the best-performing midrange processors in the market.
Going by the first benchmarking report of the processor that has just come in courtesy of Geekbench, the 660 will be a monster of a chipset. The listing, which has an unknown device being used to test the processor, confirms that this device has Android 7.1.1 Nougat running the show. The impressive Snapdragon 660, which has a clock speed of 1.90GHz, is then paired with a 4GB RAM.
This combination results in a single-core score of 1815 and when taken through a multi-core test, the Snapdragon 660 delivered an impressive score of 6278. Just so as you know, these are scores that are rarely associated with midrange devices and instead, they regularly feature on high-end devices, including those powered by the 2016 Snapdragon 820 and even the new Snapdragon 835. What makes this possible is the fact that the Snapdragon 660 is a product of the 14nm FinFET process, the same process that was used to manufacture the Snapdragon 820/821 flagship SoC.
The Snapdragon 660 is an octa-core chipset with four cores clocked at 1.8GHz and the other four cores clocked at 2.2GHz. The SoC is paired with an Adreno 512 GPU for flawless gaming and such-like activities. This processor is expected to power quite a huge number of midrange phones this year.