Qualcomm is renaming two of its upcoming processors for mid-range phones. The previously announced Snapdragon 618 hexa-core and Snapdragon 620 octa-core processors will now be called the Snapdragon 650 and Snapdragon 652.

Why the new names? To help set them apart from all the other Snapdragon 600-series chips.

snapdragon 650

The problem is that when Qualcomm first unveiled the new chips, there were only a few other models in the mid-range 600 series. Now the lineup is looking pretty crowded. Here are some existing chips:

  • Snapdragon 600
  • Snapdragon 602A
  • Snapdragon 615
  • Snapdragon 616
  • Snapdragon 617

But the new chips are significantly different, since they’ll be among Qualcomm’s first processors to feature ARM Cortex-A72 CPU cores and Adreno 510 graphics. They should offer significant performance gains over the existing chips, but Qualcomm figures you might not know that just by looking at the numbers. So now there are some new numbers.

The new chips should be available in early 2016, and we’ll likely see them in upper mid-range phones such as the upcoming Asus Z012D and Samsung Galaxy A9.

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