Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 and 730/730G: Everything you need to know

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipset is the most widely installed chipset for Android smartphones. These are power efficient as well as good performers overall. The latest additions to the Snapdragon lineup is the low-mid tier of the spectrum. Qualcomm announced 3 new chips under 6 and 7 series. Now most people must be familiar with Snapdragon 660 chipset. It is one of the most common setups for mid-tier and low-budget phones. The new update is not just about hardware improvements. It targets the new AI technology and camera improvements seen in new smartphones.

Snapdragon 665 is successor to 660 chipset. Evident from the naming convention, it is not a massive improvement in terms of raw power. However, under the hood, there are massive improvements and we can see a lot of companies adopting it later this year. The core selling point of SD 665 chip is improved AI computation capabilities. Therefore, it is going to improve the AI scene recognition and computation in camera apps. Since most new smartphones use multi lens setup, aided by AI scene recognition (bokeh effect, depth sensing and more), therefore it is a huge improvement.

snapdragon 665 730 730G

The other two chips introduced are Snapdragon 730 and 730G. G is for gaming actually. Yes, there is a dedicated chipset for improved gaming performance with lower power consumption. These two chips are successors for Snapdragon 710. The overall performance gain for these chips over 710 is pretty big. These are also the first mid-range chips to use 8nm manufacturing process. This is a massive improvement over SD 710. This promises for not only performance gains but low power consumption while gaming.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 vs Snapdragon 660 Specs Comparison

Below is the table comparing specs of new Snapdragon 665 chip vs older Snapdragon 660. In order to make the comparison easier to comprehend, we have highlighted the main improvement of new gen chipset.

  Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
CPU

Octa-Core

4 Performance Cores

4 Efficient Cores

Up to 2.2GHz

Kyro 260

Octa-Core

4 Performance Cores

4 Efficient Cores

Up to 2.2GHz

Kyro 260

GPU

Adreno 512

Vulkan 1.0 support

Adreno 610

Vulkan 1.1 support

DSP Hexagon 680 Hexagon 686
Memory

Up to 8GB RAM

Type LPDDR4/4X

Up to 1866MHz speed

Up to 8GB RAM

Type LPDDR3/LPDDR4x

Up to 1866MHz speed

ISP Dual 14-bit Spectra 160 ISP

Single camera: Up to 25 MP, MFNR, ZSL, 30fps; Up to 48MP

Dual camera: Up to 16 MP, MFNR, ZSL, 30fps

4k @ 30fps video

Dual 14-bit Spectra 165 ISP

Single camera: Up to 25 MP, MFNR, ZSL, 30fps; Up to 48MP

Dual camera: Up to 16 MP, MFNR, ZSL, 30fps

4K @ 30fps video

Modem

Snapdragon X12

Download: 600Mbps (Cat. 12)

Upload: 150Mbps (Cat. 13)

Snapdragon X12

Download: 600Mbps (Cat. 12)

Upload: 150Mbps (Cat. 13)

Manufacturing Process 14nm 11nm

They key improvement evident from the spec sheet and as claimed by Qualcomm are 1: 2x faster AI Processing on-device, 2: 20% reduced power consumption, 3: Support for triple camera setup including Telephoto lens.

When it comes to gaming, now the new Adreno 610 GPU will definitely boost the performance compared to older Adreno 512. Moreover, this GPU now supports Vulkan 1.1 library. For those who do not know what this means and why is it important, keep reading. Traditionally, games for Android are built with OpenGL graphics library. The library provides basic tools for building the graphics, animations in a game. The next improvement is Vulkan API. If the developers choose to support a game with Vulkan 1.1, it gains a potential 20% power efficiency rating. Therefore, users can enjoy longer gaming sessions without needing a charge for phone.

Shift from 14nm to 11nm manufacturing process plays a key role in improving power efficiency. Since the release of Android Pie, OS is becoming smarter in battery management. The added help of hardware will make upcoming phones’ batteries last even longer. 

The maximum supported resolution for a phone with Snapdragon 665 chip is FHD+ (2520×1080). This is fair since the phone sporting this chipset will most likely come with a 1080p display at best.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 vs Snapdragon 710 Specs Comparison

Below is the comparison table that pits older brother Snapdragon 710 against newer 730 chip. It is evident that the performance gain in this bracket is actually huge. We have highlighted all the evident improvements too.

  Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 Qualcomm Snapdragon 730
CPU

Octa Core

2 Performance Cores

6 Efficient Cores

Kyro 360 CPU

Up to 2.2GHz

Octa Core

2 Performance Cores

6 Efficient Cores

Kyro 470 CPU

Up to 2.2GHz

GPU Adreno 616

Adreno 618

DSP Hexagon 685 Hexagon 688
Memory

Up to 8GB RAM

Type 2 x 16-bit, LPDDR4

Up to 1866MHz Speed

Up to 8GB RAM

Type 2 x 16-bit, LPDDR4

Up to 1866MHz Speed

ISP Dual 14-bit Spectra 250 ISP

Single camera: Up to 25MP, MFNR, ZSL, 30fps; Up to 48MP, MFNR

Dual camera: Up to 16MP, MFNR, ZSL, 30fps

4k @ 30 fps video

Dual 14-bit Spectra 350 ISP

Single camera: Up to 36MP, MFNR, ZSL, 30fps; Up to 48MP, MFNR

Dual camera: Up to 22MP, MFNR, ZSL, 30fps

4K HDR @ 30 fps video

Modem

Snapdragon X15

Download: 800 Mbps (Cat. 15)

Upload: 150 Mbps (Cat. 13)

Snapdragon X15

Download: 800 Mbps (Cat. 15)

Upload: 150 Mbps (Cat. 13)

Manufacturing Process 10nm 8nm

Performance wise, 730 is a huge improvement over its predecessor. The Kyro 470 CPU in 730 will provide 35% improvement in performance. These numbers are promised by Qualcomm. Another major improvement is Vulkan 1.1 support with new Adreno 618 GPU. Games that are built with Vulkan 1.1 API will enjoy up to 20% less power consumption. These kind of number would really benefit the game developers. Let’s be real, nobody wants to play games that go hard on the battery.

One of the core improvements is new Spectra 350 ISP. New Image Processing supports much faster on-device AI computation. Its integrated AI is same one as used in Snapdragon 855. You can expect much better real-time focus, bokeh shots and depth sensing.

The Snapdragon 730 chip now supports Wi-Fi 6 standard as well. Overall, Snapdragon 730 is a massive improvement and a big step in right directions. The upcoming phones at higher end of mid-range will benefit from these improvements. It seems like more value for money phones are on their way.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G vs Snapdragon 730 Specs Comparison

In a nutshell, Snapdragon 730G is same as 730 but with added capabilities to enhance gaming experience. Note that these improvements are not minor changes. By the looks of it, we feel like we are going to see actual performance gains that will make smartphone gaming on budget real good.

Let’s go through the key differences between Snapdragon 730 and Snapdragon 730G. If it is not clear already, G in the title stands for ‘Gaming’. The first thing to note is that GPU in 730G is overclocked to support higher resolutions and better framerates. Unlike 730, devices with 730G can sport a QHD+ display. 

The overclocked GPU in 730G is supposed to deliver 15% more performance and rendering improvement. Other gaming related features are WiFi Latency Manager, Jank Reducer and Anti-Cheat Extensions. First two feature are there to reduce screen tearing, latency and delay, and stuttering in-game. Anti-Cheat Extension is supposed to find out if someone is cheating in a game. Don’t know how that really works though! Guess, we’ll find out with a proper release.

Snapdragon 730G offers all key features from Snapdragon Elite Gaming series. We are likely to see this chip in both normal mid-tier devices as well as gaming-centric mid-range smartphones. 

Here’s a quick rundown of specs of Snapdragon 730G chip. Since there are no major differences in terms of hardware, therefore, we have highlighted the stuff that is additional or different in 730G compared to 730 chip.

  Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
CPU

Octa Core

2 Performance Cores

6 Efficient Cores

Kyro 470 CPU

Up to 2.2GHz

GPU

Adreno 618 (Overclocked with 15% improved performance)

Support for True HDR10 Gaming

DSP Hexagon 688
Memory

Up to 8GB RAM

Type 2 x 16-bit, LPDDR4

Up to 1866MHz Speed

ISP

Dual 14-bit Spectra 350 ISP

Single camera: Up to 36MP, MFNR, ZSL, 30fps; Up to 48MP, MFNR

Dual camera: Up to 22MP, MFNR, ZSL, 30fps

4K HDR @ 30 fps video

Super Slo-mo Video Capture – 720 at 960FPS (Interpolated Frames from 240FPS)

Modem

Snapdragon X15

Download: 800 Mbps (Cat. 15)

Upload: 150 Mbps (Cat. 13)

Wi-Fi 6 Standard-Ready

Manufacturing Process 8nm

Conclusion

The introduction of these three new chips is definitely something we’ve all been waiting for. Phones like Galaxy A30, Galaxy 50 are the indication of how low-budget smartphones are much more value for money opposed to 5 years ago. These devices now offer multi camera setups, fast charging capability, smooth gaming and gorgeous displays. With the release of new Snapdragon 665, 730 and 730G, we have appropriate chips for upcoming mid-range smartphones. These chips come equipped with proper hardware and support for AI computing and better image processing. Since the camera setups are getting better, this will definitely make a noticeable difference in overall performance.

Snapdragon 730G is an interesting one. Even though it is only released as a gaming chip, we can certainly see it making its way to phones at higher end of the mid-tier spectrum. It supports QHD+ display with new technologies like Wi-Fi 6 and Spectra 380 AI for ISP. 

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