Qualcomm on Thursday unveiled a new mobile processor for mid-range devices that is built on a 10-nanometer manufacturing process. It's the Snapdragon 712, and according to Qualcomm, it offers a 12 percent performance uptick compared to the previous generation Snapdragon 710, which is also a 10nm chip.
This is essentially a refinement of Qualcomm's Snadragon 7 series. As with its predecessor, the Snapdragon 712 sports a multi-core AI engine. In this case, it sports a Qualcomm Kryo 360 CPU, Adreno 616 GPU, and Hexagon 685 DSP.
While there aren't any major architectural changes to the new silicon, the Snapdragon 712 features faster clockspeeds than the Snapdragon 710. The eight-core chip now runs at 2.3GHz, which is a 100MHz faster than previous generation. Qualcomm says this translates to faster all-around performance, particularly in games.
"In gaming, this translates to faster processing and graphics rendering that will keep sports, multiplayer, and any other types of games running smoothly and reacting quickly. The Adreno 616 GPU is specifically designed to allow you to enjoy console-like gaming and cinematic movie experiences on your smartphone, rendering over one billion shades of colors. And the Qualcomm Aqstic audio technology delivers incredible sound quality, making the gaming experience even more immersive," Qualcomm says.
Perhaps of bit more interest, the Snapdragon 712 also brings with it Quick Charge 4+ rather than Quick Charge 4 for faster charging speeds on mid-range and budget phones. According to Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 712 with Quick Charge 4+ can charge a battery from 0 to 50 percent in just 15 minutes, though that's obviously going to vary by model.
The new platform also sports a Spectra 250 camera ISP with support for 10-bit color depth and the ability to capture high resolution photos and 4K videos. There's also an integrated Snapdragon X15 LTE modem.
Look for the Snapdragon 712 to find its way into mid-range handsets later this year.