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Qualcomm announces 8nm SOCs Snapdragon 730 and 730G

Qualcomm has announced two new socs made at 8nm. This is the successor to the Snapdragon 710. The Snapdragon 730 has improved CPU cores and a faster GPU. The 730G is a variant with a higher GPU clock speed.

The Snapdragon 730 and 730G are the first socs that Qualcomm has made on the 8nm process from Samsung. Predecessor Snapdragon 710 was made at 10nm. It is again a design with two powerful cores and six efficient cores, but this time the fast cores are Kryo 470 variants, which are based on ARM Cortex-A76 cores. The GPU is a new one, the Adreno 618.

With the Snapdragon 730G, the Adreno 618-GPU is clocked 15 percent higher. This soc is therefore intended for gamesmartphones according to the manufacturer. It is also about exactly the same chip, but Qualcomm chooses the best ones for the 730G variant.

Qualcomm also presents the Snapdragon 665, as successor to the Snapdragon 660 from 2017. The new soc is positioned lower than the meanwhile released Snapdragon 670. The biggest change compared to the Snapdragon 660 is in the GPU; the new soc has an Adreno 615 instead of an Adreno 610.

Already in May last year it was rumored that Qualcomm would come with the Snapdragon 730 and that it would be made by Samsung at 8nm. That rumor now appears to be correct, although the final specifications are different from what was then reported. According to Qualcomm, telephones with the Snapdragon 730, 730G and 665 will be released halfway this year.

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