Qualcomm has updated its range of mobile processors with the announcement of three new models: Snapdragon 653, 626 and 427 . All inherit the characteristics of their predecessors (Snapdragon 652, 625 and 425), as the number of cores and production technology, but the Californian chipmaker increased its CPU frequency and modem. Qualcomm also announced the first modem compatible with 5G networks already in development around the world.
The Snapdragon 653 like the previous Snapdragon 652, integrates a CPU with four ARM Cortex-A72 and four ARM Cortex-A53, accompanied by Adreno 510 GPU, but Qualcomm has increased the frequency of the Cortex A72 from 1.8 to 1.95 GHz. Even the addressable RAM goes from 4 to 8 GB, then the SoC will achieve smartphones medium-high with 6 GB of RAM wing. The LTE modem X8 was instead replaced by X9 LTE modem that supports maximum download speed / upload 300/150 Mbps and improves voice quality during VoLTE calls.
The Snapdragon 626 is the “Pro” version of the Snapdragon 625, then the CPU is always formed by eight-core ARM Cortex-A53, but the frequency has increased from 2 to 2.2 GHz. The Snapdragon 426 finally an update of the Snapdragon 425 with eight-core ARM Cortex-A53 at 1.4 GHz. Again the modem SoC X9 LTE, instead of the previous X6 LTE has been built. The three processors support rapid charging technology Quick Charge 3.0 and dual chamber configuration with sensors up to 24 megapixels.
Together with the new SoC, Qualcomm announced modem X50 the world’s first compatible with future 5G networks. The modem will support initially the range of millimeter waves in the band of 28 GHz, allowing you to reach peak speeds of 5 Gbps . The modem X50 can be combined with a Snapdragon chip with LTE modem Gigabit (eg, X16 LTE) to provide the dual connectivity. The X50 products with integrated modems hit the market in the first half of 2018.