Snapdragon 670 Makes 10 nm Process Technology Affordable


Qualcomm just announced the Snapdragon 670 Mobile Platform which is surprising because after the Snapdragon 710 came out, I was not expecting the Snapdragon 670 at all. But, it seems like Qualcomm had different plans. Anyway, let’s talk about the Snapdragon 670.

As the name suggests, the Snapdragon 670 sits somewhere in-between the Snapdragon 660 & the Snapdragon 710. But, though it is indeed a Snapdragon 600 series SOC, it literally has more core similarities to the Snapdragon 710 compared to the 660.

Just like the 710, the 670 is also build on the 10nm Process Technology, it has the same Kryo 360 cores but runs at a slower 2 Ghz clock speed (the power efficiency cores run at the same 1.7 GHz clock speed), it has the same Hexagon 685 DSP, it has the same Spectra 250 ISP & it even supports QC 4+.

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But, does that mean that, it is an underclocked 710? Well, not quite as there are a few big differences as well. The GPU is a slightly less powerful Adreno 615 & not a 616 like the Snapdragon 710. Though it is definitely more powerful compared to the Adreno 512 that is found on the Snapdragon 660.

Also, the LTE Modem is an X12 one so, it has slower download speeds & the exact same upload speed at its peak when compared to the X15 Modem on the Snapdragon 710. It also supports upto a Full HD+ Display while the 710 supports upto Quad HD+. It also supports lower Camera resolutions on both single & dual camera configurations. Now, if some of you guys were noticing, these points I just mentioned are completely identical to the Snapdragon 660. So, we can safely say that the Snapdragon 670 is perfect middleman in terms of the specifications but, at least now we know that the 710 is not a rebranded 670.

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Now, talking about general features, it does emphasise on AI just like all the newer flagship & mid-range SOCs coming out right now. So, Qualcomm claims that it has their 3rd generation of AI-engine which can deliver about 1.8 times of the performance compared to its predecessor. The Kryo 360 cores should be about 15 Percent faster & more efficient compared to the Kryo 260’s of the Snapdragon 660 & the Battery life should also be improved on the 10nm Process Technology. Even the, Spectra 250 ISP is better compared to the 160 ISP found on the 660. So, photos coming from the Cameras should also be better.

Now, The Snapdragon 670 powered smartphones will be available sometime later this year & if you ask me then I’ll say yes it’s definitely a good SOC & it is another step for making the 10nm Process Technology mainstream in Mid-range smartphones. It may even end up getting more attention by the smartphone OEMs because it’ll be cheaper compared to the Snapdragon 710 as well & that’s why the Snapdragon 636 got more attention compared to the 660.

But, don’t go for a Snapdragon 670 powered device if you have a 660 powered device already. If you have a Snapdragon 625 or even a 636 then it might make sense. But, for now I’m glad that Qualcomm at least gave another 10nm option in the mid-range segment & it looks like finally 10 nm Process Technology is getting more affordable. I am definitely looking forward to test it out as soon as I get my hands on Snapdragon 670 powered smartphone. Anyway, let me know what are your opinions about the Snapdragon 670 in the comments section below & also do share this article with anyone who you think, will be benefited from the information.


    • That is still hard to tell. It might be from some Chinese manufacturer at the beginning months like what Qualcomm did with the 710. But, as of now there is no confirmation.

    • That is still hard to tell. It might be from some Chinese manufacturer at the beginning months like what Qualcomm did with the 710. But, as of now there is no confirmation.



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