The all-new Snapdragon 675 comes as an update over the Snapdragon 670 SoCthat that has been launched in August as the successor to last year’s Snapdragon 660. There are three important areas that the Snapdragon 675 SoC covers, Qualcomm claims, namely gaming, photography, and artificial intelligence (AI). The new chip also supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4+ technology that debuted past year to deliver a faster charging encounter over preceding Quick Charge versions. The San Diego-based firm has individually revealed that its Quick Charge technology now powers more than 1,000 mobile apparatus, accessors, and controls globally. Apart from smartphones, the ecosystem can be found on various VR headsets, wireless speakers, cameras, and power banks.
To provide next-level gaming adventures to the Snapdragon 600 tier, the Snapdragon 675 SoC uses Adreno 612 GPU that supports OpenGL ES 3.2, Open CL 2.0, Vulkan, and DirectX 12. There’s also 4K video playback service as well as DisplayPort more than USB Type-C compatibility. Further, the new Snapdragon SoC includes Qualcomm’s Aqstic audio codec and smart speaker amplifier, native DSD support, and aptX sound playback together with support for aptX Classic and HD to uplift sound in your games. The gaming improvements on the latest chip are touted to decrease”janks” over 90 percent compared to the performance delivered via the exact same hardware without any enhancements. There’s also tri-band, Wi-Fi 802.11ac 2×2 with MU-MIMO. Similarly, the chip supports direct audio broadcast to numerous devices and contains ultra-low power wireless headphones assistance through Bluetooth v5.0 and proprietary enhancements, including Qualcomm TrueWireless Stereo technology.
Qualcomm claims that in comparison to this Snapdragon 670, the Snapdragon 675 SoC provides 30 percent faster game launching time. Additionally, the chip provides 35 percent faster Web browsing and 20 percent faster music launch within the preceding Snapdragon SoC.
On the imaging front, the Snapdragon 675 has Qualcomm Spectra 250L ISP to get 14-bit picture signal processing together with support for up to 48-megapixel snapshots, single 25-megapixel at 30fps using Zero Shutter Lag (ZSL) and dual 16-megapixel cameras in 30fps and ZSL. The chip also supports multi-frame noise reduction with accelerated image stabilisation and hybrid autofocus with support for dual accelerated image stabilisation. For videos, the Snapdragon SoC includes Ultra-HD (4K in 30fps) video recording service with Motion Compensated Temporal Filtering and HD (720p) video recording at 480fps.
Mobile devices such as the Snapdragon 675 will hold up to 3 rear camera detectors along with 5x optical zoom. Additionally, there are built-in enhancements to support Portrait Mode and Bokeh impact in addition to enable HDR to reduce noise and enhance colours. The frontal detectors on a hardware comprising the Snapdragon 675, on the other hand, can encourage 3D Face Unlock attributes. Qualcomm maintains that the new chip also enables mobile payment protection and works with technology such as Megvii (Face++), NetEase, SenseTime, Thundersoft, and Trio.AI.
The Snapdragon 675 SoC has a Kryo 460 CPU which comes as an octa-core processing device with two cores of both Cortex-A76 and six cores of Cortex-A55. Qualcomm has also supplied a Hexagon 685 DSP with third-generation vector extensions and All-Ways Aware Sensor Hub. Furthermore, There’s support for Qualcomm Neural Processing Engine SDK and frame compatibility with Caffe, Caffe2, TensorFlow, and TensorFlow Lite to deliver a wide Assortment of AI experiences. The chip also has support for voice manipulation with machine learning algorithms as well as the third-generation Qualcomm AI Engine. The new engine has been well known to deliver around 50 percent overall improvements in AI software over its predecessor. The existence of Qualcomm Aqstic Voice UI on the Snapdragon 675 makes it effective at working with multiple voice assistants – without swallowing a great deal of power.
Further, the Snapdragon 675 SoC supports to full-HD+ screen panels, including 8GB 1866MHz LPDDR4x RAM, GPS, Glonass, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS, and SBAS, as well as low-power geofencing and monitoring and sensor-assisted navigation. There is Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ technology that is touted to charge a smartphone from zero to 50% in just 15 minutes. Qualcomm affirms its internal testing has found that the new chip can enhance devices to provide over 11 hours of video playback, 11 hours of video streaming, three hours of 4K video recording, seven hours of gaming, or up to five days of audio playback on a single charge.
The Snapdragon 675 is currently available to manufacturers, though apparatus sporting the newest SoC are expected to debut at the first half of 2019.
“Packed with innovative gaming abilities, remarkable camera functionality, and a multi-core AI Engine, Snapdragon 675 based smartphones will bring new experiences to consumers globally,” said Kedar Kondap, Vice President of Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies, in a media announcement whilst announcing the new SoC.
Alongside unveiling the Snapdragon 675 SoC, Qualcomm has announced that its Quick Charge technology is currently powering over 1,000 mobile devices, including 200 compatible devices, 700 accessories, and 100 controllers. The most up-to-date from the Quick Charge household is the Quick Charge 4+ technology that has improved Dual Charge, smart thermal reconciliation, and various layers of advanced safety features. The brand new technology is claimed to be 30 percent more efficient than Quick Charge 4. It includes a new battery sensing technology that directly measures the voltage of the battery cell and allow the system provide an accurate view of the battery’s current state to reduce charge times. Additionally, there is support for USB Power Delivery (USB PD) as well as USB Type-C interfaces.