Qualcomm announces new Snapdragon 730, 730G and 665 chipsets

Alfred Osborne
April 11, 2019

There is the Snapdragon 665 which brings new photography features to the mid-range category and there is the Snapdragon 730 and Snapdragon 730G which bring new generation AI, improvement in performance and even gaming features in the case of the latter. All three chipsets are designed with camera, gaming, and AI (Artificial Intelligence) in focus. The Snapdragon 730G looks to further capitalize on the growth of mobile gaming with features specifically created to bolster graphic performance and power consumption.

Qualcomm reckons that the 730G is 15% faster than the standard 730, thanks to an overclocked Adreno 618 graphics processor.

The Snapdragon 665 can be seen as the successor to the incredibly popular Snapdragon 660, while the Snapdragon 730 is the successor to the Snapdragon 710. It is built on an 8nm process. The Snapdragon X12 modem included on the 665 chipset can support download speeds up to 600 Mbps. There is also support for aptX Adaptive Audio and Qualcomm Aqstic. But the 665 adds an 8-core chip built on a 11nm process, and it offers support for triple cameras and 48-megapixel sensors. Snapdragon 665 features the Adreno 610 GPU, which is created to deliver improved and long-lasting gameplay, and also supports Vulkan 1.1.

These features are normally found in high-end Snapdragon processors, and with 730G, the company aims to bring considerable improvement in the gaming experience for budget smartphone users.

Yesterday, Qualcomm announced three new chipsets. It is an upgraded version of Snapdragon 660.

While the Snapdragon 665 doesn't offer a modem capable of connecting with the high-speed 5G networks coming on line this year, it should deliver fast data speeds over LTE.

Qualcomm AI Day: Snapdragon 665, 730, 730G mobile platforms announced with focus on camera, AI and gaming

It features a 3rd generation Qualcomm AI Engine that is claimed to offer up to 2x faster on-device AI processing. It comes with Kryo 260 octa-core CPU, paired with Adreno 610 GPU (Vulcan 1.1 support for 20 percent efficiency).

The camera, meanwhile, gets the Spectra 350, the first time in the 7 series chipsets. Commercial devices based on the new products are expected to be available in mid-2019. The SDM665 chipset uses four Kryo 260 cores manufactured on ARM's Cortex-A73 microarchitecture with a maximum clock speed of 2GHz.

For the elite gamer, the Snapdragon 730G takes gaming to alevel above the Snapdragon 730, enabling the ultimate experience for aspiring gamers. The ISP powers up to a 36 MP single main camera or a 22 MP dual setup and 960fps 720p slo-mo video capture, as well as 4K HDR video Portrait mode.

Kondap said that there were more than a billion AI accelerated Snapdragon clients which means AI is not running just in the CPU - it's running in other portions of Snapdragon to expedite the AI processing.

Qualcomm said the gaming-centric chipset has lower WiFi latency to support efficient online gaming and provide smooth, fast gameplay. Qualcomm additionally says that it enables a "Jank Reducer" feature that is equipped for "reducing janks by up to 90 percent" in 30fps games. Phones and tablets sporting the Snapdragon 665 - which will be commercially ready "soon" Qualcomm says - and will hit stores shelves "shortly after".

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