Qualcomm is upgrading its mid-range smartphone chip family with three new processors. The company says its Snapdragon 665 brings improvements for photography and on-device imaging and AI features, while the Snapdragon 730 and 730G offer better CPU and graphics performance, among other things.

The Snapdragon 730G is a particularly unusual chip — it’s designed to offer a better gaming experience for upper mid-range smartphones (suggesting that Qualcomm doesn’t think you necessarily need a Snapdragon 800 series chip for mobile gaming).

Among other things, the Snapdragon 730G includes a WiFi network latency manager, “anti-cheat extensions” for game developers, and something the chip maker calls a “jank reducer” that allegedly eliminates stuttering in games by up to 90 percent.

Qualcomm says the Snapdragon 730G offers up to 25 percent faster graphics rendering than the Snapdragon 710, and up to 15 percent faster graphics then the non-gaming version of the Snapdragon 730, despite having the same Adreno 618 GPU (it’s overclocked in the Snapdragon 730G).

The Snapdragon 730 and 730G both feature eight Qualcomm Kryo 470 CPU cores, Hexagon 688 DSP, Spectra 350 ISP, and Snapdragon X15 modem.

The Snapdragon 665, meanwhile, is an octa-core chip with Kryo 260 CPU cores, Adreno 610 graphics, a Hexagon 686 DSP, Spectra 165 ISP, and Snapdragon X12 modem.

via Qualcomm (1)(2)

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4 replies on “Qualcomm launches Snapdragon 665, 730, and 730G mobile chips”

  1. I do like what I’m seeing with the new QSD 730, a definite upgrade over the QSD 710/712.

    Yet, the QSD 730G “gamer edition” is a joke, there’s nothing fundamental why it would be better/worse than the standard QSD 730. Also the QSD 665 is a joke, its barely an improvement over the QSD 636/660. So perhaps this is all just product shifting and lineup replacement?

    Maybe we’ve gone from the:
    QSD 617, QSD 650, QSD 653, QSD 835

    To the current:
    QSD 625, QSD 636, QSD 712, QSD 845

    And in the future to the:
    USD ~$100, ~$200, ~$300, and ~$500 (and more)
    QSD 632, QSD 665, QSD 730, QSD 855 (or faster)
    2GB RAM, 4GB RAM, 6GB RAM, 8GB RAM (or more)
    NAND 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage (or more)

  2. An 8nm process–nice. It would be nice to know what the power consumption is relative to something like a 625.

    Not sure what “802.11ax-ready” means.

    I don’t see a compelling need to upgrade my phone, but I hope it doesn’t break before devices with the 830 become common in the market.

    1. The last sentence should have said 730. The entire post was regarding the 730.

  3. It will be interesting if Broadcom puts wifi latency and graphics improvements to their streaming SOCs for cloud gaming. I would rather play streaming games on my 4k HDR TV than my phone.

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