This week during MWC 2018, Qualcomm unveiled the new Snapdragon 700 series of processors, a lineup that sits directly between the Snapdragon 800 and 600 series. It’s designed to balance both performance and cost and act as a more powerful but still affordable alternative to its cheaper siblings.
Specifically, Qualcomm says the new Snapdragon 700 series will offer better performance than the 600 series and up to 30 percent better power efficiency for improved battery life. It’ll also bring features from the 800 series down to cheaper devices such as the multi-core Qualcomm AI Engine for better performance of artificial intelligence features, the Qualcomm Spectra ISP for better camera performance, and connectivity technologies like ultra-fast LTE and Bluetooth 5.
“The Snapdragon 700 Mobile Platform Series will bring premium tier technologies and features into more affordable devices, something our global OEM customers and consumers are demanding,” said Alex Katouzian, senior vice president and general manager of Qualcomm Technologie’s mobile division. “From our cutting-edge Qualcomm AI Engine to superior camera, device performance and power, the Snapdragon 700 Series is optimized to support the experiences consumers have come to expect from the most advanced mobile devices at a lower price point.”
Qualcomm says it hopes to start shipping samples of the 700 series to OEMs in the first half of 2018. That means we may see new devices begin shipping later this year with the chipsets in them. I wouldn’t place any bets on this, however, but you can at least rest assured that there’s hope.