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Snapdragon 653, 626 And 427 Brings Dual Camera Support

Qualcomm has announced three new processors in its Snapdragon 600 and 400 series. The company made the announcement at its 4G:5G summit in Hong Kong yesterday. The three new porcessors are Snapdragon 653, Snapdragon 626 and Snapdragon 427.

The new processors are aimed at “supporting enhanced user experiences and connectivity for high performance and high volume mobile devices”. Since these are successor to earlier Snapdragon processors, the new chips are designed to deliver better performance than their predecessors.

The company has extended the support for dual camera setup, that was limited to Snapdragon 800, to the latest processors too. All three processors also support Qualcomm’s Quick Charging 3.0 technology. Qualcomm is expected to commercially launch the 653 and 626 by end of this year and the Snapdragon 427 should launch by early 2017.

Snapdragon 653: The successor to Snapdragon 652 now supports 8GB RAM. It is also pin and software compatible with Snapdragon 650 and 652.

The 653 is using the X9 LTE modem, which is an improvement over X8 in Snapdragon 652. The new SoC also adds support for Qualcomm’s Clear Sight technology for dual camera setup. The Snapdragon 653 also uses a combination of 4 A72 cores and 4 A53 cores like the 652. However, the company has increased the A72 core clock speed to 1.95 GHz.

Snapdragon 626: The Snapdragon 626 is the successor to power efficient 625 . The new SoC promises up to 10 per cent better performance than the Snapdragon 625.

Just like the 653, the Snapdragon 626 also has Clear Sight support. It also uses the X9 LTE modem. Qualcomm hasn’t changed the core structure of the 626 compared to Snapdragon 625. The new SoC also uses an 8 A53 core configuration, with an increased clock speed of 2.2GHz.

Snapdragon 427: The biggest update over the predecessor comes with the Snapdragon 427. The 425 is a low end processor with X6 LTE modem. The new SoC has X9 LTE support, which means substantial improvement in LTE speed from Category 4 to Category 7.

Qualcomm has also added the Clear Sight technology support in the Snapdragon 427, however, we don’t expect a budget phone to sport dual-camera any time soon.

With the Clear Sight support on Snapdragon 626 and Snapdragon 653, we can expect to see dual camera setup on mid range phones soon.

Alex Katouzian, senior vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies, said, “It has always been Qualcomm Technologies’ strategy to introduce industry-leading features first at the premium Snapdragon 800 tier design point, and then scale these features into our other Snapdragon products.”

“A great example of this strategy is the use of dual camera for capturing high quality photos that now range across our portfolio, including our 400 series mobile solution. Doing this allows our customers and smartphone developers to reach a broad subscriber base with advanced features and great end user experiences,” he added.

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