Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 653, 626 and 427 processors. 8GB RAM phones on the way?

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Top leading global mobile chipset manufacturer Qualcomm has announced the release of three brand new Snapdragon processors: the Snapdragon 653, Snapdragon 626 and Snapdragon 427. All three model are specifically designed to deliver higher levels of mobile processing performance, support Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 (which is 4 times faster than traditional recharging methods), it delivers dual camera support brought from the Snapdragon 800 series for much clearer shots and depth of field.

“It has always been Qualcomm Technologies’ strategy to introduce industry-leading features first at the premium Snapdragon 800 tier design point, and then scale these features into our other Snapdragon products,” said Alex Katouzian, senior vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “A great example of this strategy is the use of dual camera for capturing high quality photos that now range across our portfolio, including our 400 series mobile solution. Doing this allows our customers and smartphone developers to reach a broad subscriber base with advanced features and great end-user experiences.”

In addition, each chipset announced this week comes with the following modem features: X9 LTE with Category 7 downlink speeds up to 300Mbps and Category 13 uplink speeds up to 150Mbps (about 50% increase over X8 modems); LTE-Advanced carrrier aggregation with up to 2 x 20MHz upload/download; Support for 64-QAM in the uplink; Superior call clarity and higher call reliability with the Enhanced Voice Service codec on VoLTE calls.

Snapdragon 600 and Snapdragon 400 Features:

  • The Snapdragon 653 processor not only features an increase in CPU and GPU performance over the Snapdragon 652, but also doubles the addressable memory (RAM) from 4GB to 8GB supporting greatly enhanced user experiences. The Snapdragon 653 is pin and software compatible with Snapdragon 650 and 652.
  • The Snapdragon 626 features a CPU performance increase over the Snapdragon 625. It also features Qualcomm® TruSignal™ antenna boost, designed to improve signal reception in congested areas. The Snapdragon 626 is pin and software compatible with Snapdragon 625, and software compatible with the Snapdragon 425, 427, 430, and 435 processors.
  • The Snapdragon 427 delivers a CPU and GPU performance increase over the Snapdragon 425. It is the first chipset to bring TruSignal to the Snapdragon 400 tier of processors, designed to deliver unprecedented powerful antenna tuning to this high volume line of processor solutions. The Snapdragon 427 is pin and software compatible with Snapdragon 425, 430 and 435, and software compatible with Snapdragon 625 and 626.

As per availability, Qualcomm says that the Snapdragon 653 and 626 chipsets will become commercially available by the end of 2016, likely to see the first batch of smartphone with such chip embedded at the annual Consumer Electronics Show, in January 2017, in Las Vegas. The Snapdragon 427 chipset however, is expected to be in commercial handsets in early 2017.

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