Qualcomm has renamed its Snapdragon 618 and 620 hexa and octa core processors to Snapdragon 650 and 652. Also Read - Google gives another reason to consider Snapdragon-based Android devicesAlso Read - Snapdragon 778G launches for premium Android smartphones with support for 144Hz display
Explaining the reason behind the change, Qualcomm points out that the erstwhile 618 and 620 stand out from the 615, 616 and 617 chipsets launched later this year. Also Read - This Qualcomm chip bug affects around 30 percent of phones globally: Report
Qualcomm says the move is aimed to reflect high end modem, processing, graphics, and camera benefits that these two processors bring to the Snapdragon 600 tier. The 618 and 620, now known as Snapdragon 650 and 652, come with advanced X8 LTE modem technology with Cat 7 support and ARM-A72 CPU and the next generation Qualcomm Adreno 510 GPU. The processors are capable to handle 4K Ultra HD video capture, playback and gaming among other advanced capabilities.
Smartphones based on these processors are likely to be available in 2016. The rumored Galaxy A9 is expected to run the Snapdragon 652. Next year more high-end mid-range smartphones are expected to be announced early next year.
Considering the fact that the Snapdragon 618 and 620 were more powerful processors, the new names will help ensure there is no confusion about the hierarchy of processors. It s not the first time Qualcomm has renamed its chipsets. A few years ago Qualcomm had renamed its processors launched before the S4 to S1, S2, and S3 to avoid confusion. Later, Qualcomm had renamed chipsets prior to Snapdragon 800 to 200, 400, and 600.