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Three new Snapdragon chips unveiled today includes one optimized for gaming phones

Three new Snapdragon chips unveiled today includes one optimized for gaming phones

Qualcomm has another version of the Snapdragon 730, dedicated for gaming and is aptly named the Snapdragon 730G.

The Snapdragon 730 delivers about 25 percent and 35 percent faster graphics rendering and CPU performance compared with the Snapdragon 710, and two times the AI performance. The latest Snapdragon 665 processor has the Qualcomm Spectra 165 ISP that offers enhanced scene recognition and auto adjustments like HDR. The all-new Snapdragon 665 Mobile Platform is built on the 11nm manufacturing process. In the new processors Qualcomm has upgraded the two CPU "big" cores from Kryo 360 (based on Arm Cortex-A75) to Kryo 470 (Cortex-A76), and max clock speeds remain the same at 2.2GHz.

The chipset comes with a Snapdragon X15 LTE Modem that can offer speeds of up to 800 Mbps. But the Snapdragon 730 is also highlighted by AI improvements driven by the inclusion of Qualcomm's 4th-generation AI engine and Hexagon 688 DSP. The Snapdragon 665 supports advanced camera features including Hybrid Autofocus, Optical Zoom, Zero Shutter Lag Video, Video Style Transfer, and Triple Camera with support for Telephoto, Wide and Ultra-Wide, and can take super resolution snapshots at up to 48 megapixels.

The Snapdragon 665 also raises the bar for more affordable smartphones, by focusing mostly on improved AI, Camera, Gaming, Performance, and Connectivity functionalities. Both the new Snapdragon 730 and Snapdragon 730G are almost identical, according to specifications provided to PCWorld. While not targeted as a "gaming-first" mobile platform, Qualcomm claims that the 665 can still hold its own in popular mobile games, hitting 60fps in the popular Honor of Kings (known as Arena of Valor in most western markets). Utilizing the Kryo 260 CPU, the 655 disperses tasks between four performance and four efficiency cores to ensure peak performance and long-lasting battery life. The Snapdragon 730 is equipped with Qualcomm's fourth generation multi-core Qualcomm AI Engine, twice as powerful as the previous generation's AI Engine.

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Qualcomm says the 730 and the 730G are commercially ready, and it expects that the first devices will be available in the second quarter of this year. But that doesn't mean you won't find some interesting features on the chip, like the third generation Qualcomm AI Engine. Of particular interest is the new Snapdragon 730G, an iteration designed specifically with gamers in mind.

It also some Qualcomm proprietary gaming features such as as.er... jank reduction, which is fancy speak for stutter removal for games running at 30fps, anti-cheating features and latency manager to optimise network settings.

The Spectra 350 is a new addition to Qualcomm's 7-series chipset and it supports up to 22MP dual cameras and 192MP single cameras, delivers 4K HDR video capture with portrait mode, depth sensing at 60fps, and 4x savings in the power consumption. With these specs, the 665 should be able to handle gaming and heavy loads much better than its predecessor.

With the Snapdragon 730, you can connect quickly and effortlessly virtually wherever you are. It has eight Kryo 260 cores (four performance, four efficiency) that can be clocked up to 2GHz.