At the on-going 4G/5G Summit 2018 in Hong Kong, US-based chipmaker Qualcomm announced the new Snapdragon 675 mobile platform. A follow up to Snapdragon 670 that was announced in August this year, and sitting just below Snapdragon 710 that was announced in May this year, the new chipset is designed keeping camera, gaming and AI in mind. Here’s everything you need to know.
Snapdragon 675 SoC: CPU and GPU details
To begin with, the Snapdragon 675 SoC is fabricated on 11nm node, which is a first for Qualcomm. It features 4th generation Kryo 460 CPU with octa-core configuration. Two of these are Cortex A76-based performance cores clocked at 2GHz, whereas the remaining six are Cortex A55-based efficiency cores clocked at 1.7GHz.
Qualcomm says, the new Snapdragon 675 chipset loads games 30 percent faster compared to Snapdragon 670. Also, you can expect 20 percent faster music launch times, 15 percent faster social media apps launch time, and 35 percent faster web browsing as per Qualcomm. The CPU is paired with Adreno 612 GPU, which is optimized to offer up to 90 percent fewer janks compared to Snapdragon 670 SoC. Qualcomm has also partnered game developers and game engine makers such as Unreal Engine 4, Unity, NeoX and Messiah to optimize the games for smoother performance.
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Cameras support on Snapdragon 675 SoC
The chipset comes with 6th gen Hexagon 685 ISP with high res depth sensing, and multiple camera support. If we take a look around, the likes of Huawei P20 Pro, Mate 20-series, and the Galaxy A7 feature triple camera setups at the back. To make the camera implementation easier, Qualcomm has added support for three where manufacturers get the liberty to use different types of camera sensors based on their needs.
For instance, if a smartphone has three cameras at the back, one will be the primary sensor, whereas the remaining two can super wide angle or telephoto lenses. OEMs can also add camera sensors for low-light photography, portrait mode, and more. What’s interesting here is that the telephoto lens can support 5X optical zoom.
The spectra ISP can support maximum resolution up to 25 megapixels, with zero shutter lag. Snapdragon 675 also includes support for portrait mode with HDR, limitless slow-motion video recording at 480fps, and 4K video capture.
AI on Snapdragon 675
Qualcomm has been focusing on AI and deep learning techniques, and the Snapdragon 675 brings on-device learning capabilities. Besides the usual tasks, the AI can also do live style transfer for videos. To make this possible, it uses a 3rd generation AI engine. With on-device machine learning, the AI can perform tasks even if there is no internet connection.
The AI can detect people, do text translation, detect objects and more. Can also help in single camera portrait mode to detect the background and foreground, and add DSLR like bokeh effects to your photos. Lastly, there is also support for Smart Album where AI can segregate photos in the gallery app based on face, things, place, object, and more.
Connectivity, Security and more
Talking about connectivity, the Snapdragon 675 SoC comes with X12 modem which supports Cat.12 download speeds up to 600Mbps, and up to 150Mbps upload speed. In terms of security, the chipset supports front camera based biometric authentication to unlock your smartphone three times faster. It also enables payment security when using your face as a password to unlock the device.
The Aqstic Voice UI supports multiple voice assistants, with multiple keywords, all with low-power consumption. This means, you can have Google Assistant, Alexa and Cortana apps installed in your phone, and because the microphone will be always listening, all three can summon anyone based on your preferences.
Lastly, the chipset supports screens with up to full HD+ resolution, and Quick Charge 4+ technology for fast battery charging. Qualcomm says as the chipset is optimized for gaming, you can get 7 full hours of gaming on a single charge, up to 5 days music playback, and over 11 hours 4K video playback. First commercial smartphones running on Snapdragon 675 SoC are expected in Q1 2019.