As an update to the Snapdragon 652, 625, and 425 processors that were announced early this year, Qualcomm has introduced the new Snapdragon 653, 626, and 427 chipsets for mid-range and entry-level devices with components and features previously exclusive to high-end chips.
All three new processors have been equipped with the company’s high-speed X9 LTE modem which was previously kept for chipsets in the higher end of the lineup. These modems are present to offer download speeds of up to 300Mbps with its Cat. 7 LTE and an upload speed of 150Mbps thanks to the Cat. 13 LTE. Also taking advantage of LTE-A networks is the X9’s support for dual 20MHz band carrier aggregation for uplink and downlink transfers.
Additionally, the Snapdragon 653, 626, and 427 all have support for the following:
- Dual image sensors at different resolutions
- Quick Charge 3.0
- Enhanced Voice Services (EVS) codec for VoLTE calls
On top of those, there are also model-specific improvements. Kicking things off is the 653 processor with:
- Boost in performance for its Cortex-A72 CPU cores (1.80GHz-1.95GHz)
- Boost in frequency for the Adreno 510 GPU
- Support for 8GB LPDDR3 RAM from previous 4GB
Meanwhile, the Snapdragon 626 in the same mid-tier lineup gets the following updates:
- 10% performance boost using its Cortex-A53 cores
- Boost in frequency from 2.0GHz to 2.2GHz
As for the entry-level Snapdragon 427, it now has Qualcomm’s TruSignal antenna boost to improve signal reception in congested areas. This was once a feature exclusive to the higher 800 and 600 series.
Both the Snapdragon 653 and 626 will be available before the year ends. Although as for the Snapdragon 427, Qualcomm says it will be available early next year.