Midrange smartphones coming out this 2020 now has new processors to use. That’s thanks to the introduction of the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, 662, and 720G processors.
Let’s start with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, the chipset that we expect to power a lot of entry-level devices this year.
Made under the 11nm process, the Snapdragon 460 has a Kryo 240 octa-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz. While handling the graphics for gaming and other related tasks is an Adreno 610 GPU. It also supports Quick Charge 3 and has a Spectra 340 image processor that can accommodate up to a 48-megapixel sensor with FHD recording at 60fps.
5G connectivity is expected to be a hit this year, with MediaTek already coming out with a budget 5G -enabled processor. However, these latest Snapdragon 460 processors will only come with a Snapdragon X11 LTE modem that can achieve up to 390MBps of download speeds.
On the upside, it has Dual VOLTE, WiFI 6, and Bluetooth 5.1 for low-latency connection to your wireless audio device.
Next stop, we have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 662. Built on the same 11nm processor, this one has a 2GHz Kryo 260 octa-core processor, Adreno 610 GPU, and Quick Charge 3.
Connectivity-wise, it uses the same Snapdragon X11 LTE modem, Dual VoLTE, WiFi 6, and Bluetooth 5.1. Handling imagery is a Spectra 340T that can accommodate up to a 48-megapixel module or two 16-megapixel shooters.
Lastly, we have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G. It came from a more efficient 8nm process and consists of a 2.3GHz Kryo 465 octa-core processor. An Adreno 618 GPU shall handle the graphics.
The network connectivity was upgraded to a Snapdragon X15 LTE with up to 800Mbps of downloads. Dual VoLTE, WiFi 6, and Bluetooth 5.1 are still here.
We have Quick Charge 4.0 to juice up the battery. As for the camera, we have the Spectra 350L that can handle up to 192-megapixel cameras with [email protected] video recording.
A lot of brands have already said that they’re working closely with Qualcomm to come up with smartphones that have these processors. Leading the pack is Xiaomi and Realme, brands known for their budget smartphones with great gaming capabilities.