Qualcomm launches Snapdragon 617, Snapdragon 430: chips promise high-end experience for mid-tier devices


Qualcomm just unveiled two new additions to their line-up of Snapdragon chipsets. This time, they launched the new Snapdragon 617, and Snapdragon 430 processors that are aimed to “deliver high-end performance and experiences in affordable, high- and mid-tier devices.”

First to come in the duo of releases is the Snapdragon 617, which as Qualcomm noted shares similarities to the Snapdragon 620 and the Snapdragon 618. Just like the latter two, the new Snapdragon 617 come with an X8 LTE feature with support for Cat 7 download speeds of up to 300 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 100 Mbps, and a carrier integration frequency of up to 2x20MHzwhich, in simpler terms, means support for faster LTE connections (this feature remains network dependent though). The Snapdragon 617 also packs an octa-core build of Cortex A53 CPU, with clock speeds reaching up to 1.5GHz.

It features Dual-ISP support, which means that phones running under the Snapdragon 617 can have cameras and take photos of up to 21 megapixels in resolution. Qualcomm announced that users can expect devices running on the Snapdragon 617 to come before 2015 ends.

On the other hand, the Snapdragon 430 will come much later in 2016. The Snapdragon 430 intends to appeal to gamers and multimedia enthusiasts, as it is set to come with the new Adreno 505 GPU, and will be the first chip to debut the GPU.

For refreshers, the Adreno 500 line of GPU by Qualcomm are made to deliver increased speed and efficiency, maximizing graphics performance for gaming and similar tasks but with minimal use of the battery power.

The Snapdragon 430 also features Dual-ISP support, giving support for camera and photo capturing capability of up to 21 megapixels in resolution. Being a little less powerful than the Snapdragon 617, the 430 has support for X6 LTE connection with Cat 4 downlink speeds of up to 150 Mbps, and it comes with a 2x10MHz carrier aggregation, and a Cat 5 uplink speed of up to 75 Mbps.

The Snapdragon 430 also supports 1080p display and playback with 60 fps rate. It comes with Qualcomm Hexagon 536 DSP.

Both the Snapdragon 617 and the Snapdragon 430 has built-in support for the new Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, which gives up to 4 times faster charging time than the traditional USB.