Qualcomm launches Snapdragon 630 and 660 platforms

Devices with Snapdragon 660 are expected this quarter, while devices using the 630 chipset are expected in the market by next quarter.

Mobile chipmaker Qualcomm on Tuesday launched its new Snapdragon 630 and 660 platforms, incorporating several features of its ‘premium’ 800 tier in the ‘high’ 600 tier, including machine-learning capabilities.

This means that mobile phones featuring these chipsets might have features that are now available only on smart phones in the Rs.40,000 and above range. The new platforms are successors to last year’s Snapdragon 626 and 653 chipsets. Devices with Snapdragon 660 are expected this quarter, while devices using the 630 chipset are expected in the market by next quarter.

Processing power

The Snapdragon 660 platform features the Kryo 260 octa-core processor, which promises a 20% faster performance. The 630 feature the Adreno 508 and the 660 has the Adreno 512 graphic units, promising a 30% increase in graphic rendering speeds.


They also include the Hexagon 680 digital signal processor with Hexagon Vector eXtensions (HVX) which support machine-learning capabilities in smart phones. This means your phone will be able to perform better at tasks like facial recognition, voice recognition, language detection and filtering out background noise.

Image processing

They have the Spectrum 160 image signal processor, which offers better auto-focus and zoom. The 660 and 630 chipsets handle cameras up to 24 mega pixels. They can support capture of high-definition 4K videos at 30 frames per second and 1080p videos at 120 frames per second. With the 660 chipset, you can also watch 4K videos on a 4K television through a display port.


The Quick Charge 4 technology is designed for “up-to 20 per cent faster and 30 per cent more efficient than its predecessor. Five minutes of charging can power 5 hours of talk time; 15 minutes of charging can bring a phone’s battery up 50 per cent,” according to a statement released by Qualcomm.


They X12 LTE of the platforms promises better connection speeds. You might able to download data at 600 mbps on just 60% of the power consumed by the Snapdragon 652. They also offer improved coverage, especially in homes and offices with hard to penetrate brick and concrete walls.

Both processors support Bluetooth 5, which doubles the amount of data that devices can transfer compared to the previous processors, and at four times the range.

Maps and navigation will also consume at least 50-75% less power than the previous generation chipset, according to Qualcomm. Tracking and GPS is also set to be faster and more accurate.


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