Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 678 for mid-range smartphones

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Qualcomm has announced a new soc for midrange smartphones. It is the Snapdragon 678, a slight upgrade compared to the two-year-old Snapdragon 675. The new Snapdragon is mainly slightly faster than its predecessor.

The Snapdragon 678 offers two performance improvements over the Snapdragon 675 , according to Qualcomm. The soc still contains the Kryo 460 CPU, but the clock speed of the two fast Cortex A76 cores has been increased from 2.0 to 2.2 GHz.

Furthermore, the same Adreno 612 GPU in the Snapdragon 678 would perform better, but the chip designer does not make it clear to what extent or in what area that is the case. Like the Snapdragon 675, the new 678 is made at 11nm and 5G support is still lacking.

With the Snapdragon 678, Qualcomm is targeting mid-range smartphones. It remains to be seen which new smartphones will use the new soc. The predecessor, the Snapdragon 675, is included in the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro, Moto Z4 and Samsung Galaxy M40.

Snapdragon 675 Snapdragon 670 Snapdragon 678
CPU 2x Kryo 460 @ 2.0GHz
6x Kryo 460 @ 1.8GHz
2x Kryo 360 @ 2.0GHz
6x Kryo 360 @ 1.7GHz
2x Kryo 460 @ 2.2GHz
6x Kryo 460 @ 2.0GHz
GPU Adreno 612 Adreno 615 Adreno 612
Dsp Hexagon 685 Hexagon 685 Hexagon 685
Is P Spectra 250L Spectra 250 Spectra 250L
Camera support Three cameras. 25Mp single / 16Mp double 25Mp single / 16Mp double Three cameras. 25Mp single / 16Mp double
Modem Snapdragon X12-LTE Snapdragon X12-LTE Snapdragon X12-LTE
Download / upload 600 / 150Mbit / s 600 / 150Mbit / s 600 / 150Mbit / s
Production process 11nm 10nm 11nm
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