After the flagship Snapdragon 835 SoC, Qualcomm is reportedly planning to introduce the 10nm tech on mid-range chipsets too. If reports are to be believed, Snapdragon 670 SoC, the successor to Snapdragon 660 chipset could be the first mid-range chipset to be made on 10nm tech. The chipset is expected to arrive in early 2018, with next-gen octa-core Kyro CPU.
The details were first shared by a user on Weibo, which was spotted by GSMArena. The Weibo post mentions that the eight Kyro cores will be divided into two Kyro 360 high power cores and six low-power ones. The Kryo 360 is a third generation core that will replace the second-generation Kyro cores currently used in Snapdragon 835 and Snapdragon 660. Snapdragon 836, soon to be unveiled with the Google Pixel 2 will also use the older, second generation Kyro cores. The main difference between the second and third generation cores is the division – while the older SoC uses 4+4 cores depending on the power, the third division divides the cores as per need. ALSO READ: YotaPhone 3 with dual-display setup, Snapdragon 625 SoC leaked
Along with new generation Kyro cores, the GPU is also expected to be more advanced. The GPU to be used in the new chipsets will be Adreno 6, which will bring an improvement over the current Adreno 5 that powers Snapdragon 835 chipset. The Weibo post also mentions that the chipset will use the ARM DynamIQ technology which will use Cortex A75 and A55. The latest 10nm chipset will be manufactured by Samsung and is likely to feature first in a Samsung smartphones. Samsung has also been pushing the 10nm process for its own Exynos chipset. As the post mentions, “Should be the first to use the technology of mass production of SoC, which brings the core configuration flexibility and more efficient scheduling.” ALSO READ: Qualcomm President Derek Aberle quits amid legal battle with Apple
Qualcomm has already ditched Samsung and tied up with TSMC for the manufacturing of the 7nm chipsets for the next year. Samsung has been insistent on using the 10 nm chips with no adequate support for manufacturing the more advanced 7nm SoCs that the industry is expected to switch to next year. The next chipset is likely to be titled Snapdragon 845 and be a successor to the Snapdragon 836 SoC. Apart from chipsets, Qualcomm has been bringing about advancements even to smartphone cameras. The company recently announced a new depth sensing camera technology for Android smartphones as a part of the Qualcomm Spectra Module Program. The new technology also improves biometric authentication.