We are preparing for the end of the year and most of the important phones have already been launched. The 2022 generations are starting to appear on the horizon through leaks, and their components are becoming official right now. Qualcomm steals the show with 4 new processors for midrange and entry level phones: Snapdragon 778G+, Snapdragon 695, Snapdragon 680 and Snapdragon 480+. We have details about them below.
First of all, I remind you that on December 1, 2021 we were waiting for the big Qualcomm event that will bring us Snapdragon 898, the company’s future flagship CPU, which will arrive on the Galaxy S22 series, but will probably be inaugurated by Xiaomi 12. Until then let’s see what new these chipsets offer:
Snapdragon 778G was a hit, appearing on phones like Motorola Edge 20 and Galaxy A52s 5G, and even on Huawei nova 9, in the 4G version, plus many other phones. Now you get a version with Plus in the queue, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ which comes with 6 nm technology and cores like the Kryo 670 Prime clocked above (from 2.4 GHz to 2.5 GHz).
The Adreno 624L GPU receives a 20% increase in performance, and the rest remains the same as the original chip, ie an X53 5G modem with speeds of up to 3.7 Gbps for download and 1.6 Gbps for upload. There is also a Spectra 570L ISP for photo processing.
Snapdragon 695 it follows the Snapdragon 690 and increases with mmWave 5G support, but also with a 15% increase in CPU performance, plus a 30% GPU. It switches to newer cores, some Kryo 660, compared to 560 for the older chip, and the GPU is an Adreno 619 instead of 619L. And the technology is newer: 6 nm versus 8 nm.
Snapdragon 680 is a 4G CPU with 6 nm technology, Kryo 265 cores, some upgraded from Kryo 260 that were on Snapdragon 662. It has the same Adreno 610 GPU as that CPU. We also have a triple ISP, a Spectra 346, which can process images from 3 cameras simultaneously.
Snapdragon 480 was the first CPU in the 400 series with 5G modem and was preferred by Nokia on 5G phones like Nokia X20, XR20, Nokia G300. This time we have an upgraded version Snapdragon 480+, which still remains at 8 nm and retains the Kryo 460 cores and an Adreno 619 GPU. The main core runs at 2.2 GHz, up from 2 GHz, and the GPU has in turn received an upgrade.
However, the main core switches to 2.2 GHz from 2 GHz, and the GPU also has an increase in frequency. We now have support for displays up to 1080p + at 120 Hz (compared to 90 Hz on the predecessor), plus X51 modem with support for 5G sub-6 and mmWave.
Phone manufacturers have already won several such CPUs: HMD Global (Nokia) has taken over Snapdragon 480+, and OPPO Snapdragon 695, while Xiaomi has taken over Snapdragon 778G +.