A list detailing all alleged specs of the Snapdragon 710 and Snapdragon 730 leaked online earlier this week, indicating Qualcomm's new upper mid-range chip lineup will debut a number of industry firsts.
Back in FebruaryQualcomm unveiled its Snapdragon 700 series with a focus on AI, as is the trend.
Obviously, the 730 is supposed to be the punchier of the two unreleased chipsets, but believe it or not, it could one-up the 10 nm FinFET LPP fabrication process of the Snapdragon 845 flagship, adopting a smaller, more energy-efficient 8-nanometer LPP (Low Power Plus) node. Compared to the previously commercialized 10nm LPP solution, the 8nm one enables up to ten-percent lower power consumption and can accommodate more transistors over any given surface area.
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As per reports, Snapdragon 710 is based on Samsung's 10nm LPE process, which is said to be 27 per cent faster than its 14nm predecessor.
The winds suggest that the purported Snapdragon 710 and Snapdragon 730 will both have a pair of high-speed Kryo cores along with six high-efficiency cores running at a more leisurely pace. It will feature a 2+6 CPU core configuration, with all of them being custom-made Kryo 3xx cores. The GPU is an Adreno 615, with a dual-band Wi-Fi, BT 5.0 and SDR660 RF transceiver (this is the same as the one the Snapdragon 630 and Snapdragon 660 use). The 730 will also feature a neural processing unit called NPU 120 paired with the GPU/HVX, however, the the 710 will only depend on GPU/HVX for AI based tasks.
The GPU is Adreno 615, which supports a maximum frequency of 750MHz.
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There are no specifications on how helpful the addition of the NPU120 will be but it could behave in the same manner as the Kirin 970 NPU.
The chipsets are expected to arrive by the end of this year.
The benefits of seeing the Snapdragon 710 and Snapdragon 730 will definitely inspire more chipset makers to release similar products down the road, and that is where the competition will truly get intense.
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