The firm’s latest chipset, Qualcomm announces its latest mid-range chips, Snapdragon 678 which the company explains boost mid-tier smartphone capabilities as an updated system-on-chip (SoC) for mid-tier mobile devices.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678 is the company’s latest successor to the 2018’s Snapdragon 675, and Qualcomm claims that the new chipset offers a faster CPU and aims to bring better photography and connectivity capabilities in the midrange market without sacrificing battery endurance.
It is built on the same 11nm LLP process Mobile Platform that was on the Snapdragon 675 SoC, but the only change is the overclocked Cortex A76 cores working at up to 2.2GHz, which is the difference from the S675’s 2.0Ghz.
However, the same Adreno 612 GPU still runs through the new SoC, although Qualcomm promises increased performance. Qualcomm failed to provide more details on the “increased performance”. It however, does support up to 8GB memory, and 2×16 bit LPDDR4x 1866MHz.
Qualcomm claims that the Snapdragon 678 supports dynamic photography and videography abilities, where the included Spectra 250L ISP captures limitless 4K video and stills at up to 48-megapixels with dual-camera systems support of up to 16-megapixels.
It also comes with built-in support for all the usual photography features you expect, including portrait mode, 5x optical zoom, and low-light capture. There are immersive entertainment experiences with long battery life over fast, reliable connectivity.
The Snapdragon 678 supports phones with up to 2520×1080 pixel resolution displays and 10-bit color, Snapdragon X12 LTE Modem, with an added support for a feature called License Assisted Access (LAA) that taps unlicensed 5GHz spectrum in combination with carrier aggregation to increase capacity and Hexagon 685 DSP.
Snapdragon X12 LTE Modem on the Snapdragon 678 SoC does not offer 5G network connection, but you’ll still get fast download speeds, with Qualcomm claiming the X12 can deliver download speeds of up to 600Mbps, theoretically.
Other connectivity includes WiFi 802.11n and Bluetooth 5.0 support. Most mid-range Smartphones in 2020 are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 700-series chips processor, such as Pixel 5 and OnePlus Nord.
While the 2018’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 powered mobile phones from Chinese OEMs like Xiaomi and Oppo. It is obvious that the new Snapdragon 678 will likely continue the trend in 2021, and may not be featured in most phones due to the lack of 5G connectivity.