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Snapdragon 778G + / 695/680/480 +: Qualcomm releases four SoCs slightly faster

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Before the successor to the Snapdragon 888, and before the new flagship was expected in December, Qualcomm supported the 700, 600 and 400 series with optimal designs. The Snapdragon 778G +, 695, 680 and 480 all offer higher CPU and GPU performance and sometimes 5G features like mmWave.

Snapdragon 778G + with high CPU and GPU performance

The Snapdragon 778G + is very similar to the Snapdragon 778G announced in May, it’s the sister model of the Snapdragon 780G, but comes from a different foundry with TSMC and is slightly tweaked in terms of RAM, GPU and ISP. The Snapdragon 778G + performance cluster offers 2.5 instead of 2.4 GHz, which is based on four Cortex-A78. According to Qualcomm, the Adreno 642L GPU also has a higher clock rate, but the details are again under lock and key. According to Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 700 family grew 44 percent last year and OEMs now have another option with the 778G +.

Supports Snapdragon 695 mmWave

Following the Snapdragon 690 announced in June 2020, the revamped Snapdragon 695. Compared to its predecessor, Qualcomm claims 15 percent higher CPU and 30 percent higher GPU performance. The CPU has an octa-core configuration of previously unknown segment and clocks up to 2.2 instead of 2.0 GHz. The Snapdragon 690 features two Cortex-A77s and six Cortex-A55s that will continue to be used. While the modem integrated with the Snapdragon X51 remains intact, 5G support has been expanded. But mmWave support has been added, which makes the chip interesting for the US and Asian markets.

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Snapdragon 778+, 695, 680, 480
Snapdragon 778+, 695, 680, 480 (Image: Qualcomm)

Snapdragon 480+ watches are 10 percent higher

5G is dominated by the new Snapdragon 480+, which follows the Snapdragon 480 shown at Virtual CES this January. The smallest chip family with 5G also has the highest maximum clock, which is 2.2 instead of 2.0 GHz. However, in terms of CPU configuration, nothing should change with two Cortex-A76 and six Cortex-A55.

Snapdragon 680 is a puzzle

The Snapdragon 680 has a maximum of 4G / LTE, which should be below the Snapdragon 690 with 5G based on its name, but worse fitted than the smaller Snapdragon 678 or 675. According to the data sheet, there is a cryogenic 265 CPU, measured by its name, which is based on the Cortex-A73 and Cortex-A53, slightly above the Kryo-260-CPU, but below the Kryo 360 (A75) or Kryo 460 (A76). Qualcomm specifies the maximum clock speed of the fastest cores at 2.4 GHz, but details about the clusters are still pending. The GPU with Adreno 610 is compatible with Snapdragon 460, 662 and 665, while the Snapdragon X11 modem is compatible with Snapdragon 460 and 662.