Qualcomm renaming Snapdragon 618 and 620 processors… but why?

by: Edgar CervantesDecember 17, 2015
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Qualcomm just doesn’t believe the names Snapdragon 618 and 620 have enough of wow factor, it seems. That is just not enough of a big number to showcase how much more awesome these new processors are, right? The San Diego-based chip maker has backpedaled on the naming of these two chipsets and decided to instead call then Snapdragon 650 and 652, respectively.

But the question still remains – why?! Well, it’s not so much that Qualcomm doesn’t think the 618 and 620 numbers are impressive enough, they just believe the capabilities these CPUs bring to the table are enough to put them in another category. At least when compared to the 615, 616 and 617.

The main improvements in these chips are the inclusion of the X8 LTE modem with CAT 6 support and carrier aggregation. Qualcomm also mentions the “advanced ARM-A72 CPU and next generation Qualcomm Adreno 510 GPU.”

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“We’ve been developing the Snapdragon 652 and Snapdragon 650 processors over the last 12 months, and the superior capabilities and performance positions them well above other processors in this tier. For example, the 4K Ultra HD video capture, playback and gaming experiences are unique for this tier, while the hi-resolution camera and 4G LTE experiences push the limits for this category.”

Although this change may sound a bit silly to many of us, I believe it may be some form of strategic move. Maybe Qualcomm would still like to release lower-end CPUs under the 618 or 620 names, with technology more on par with older processors.

This won’t affect you much right now, as no phones have the Snapdragon 650 or 652 on board, but it will be something to keep in mind if you want to research your processor at its fullest.

But what do you guys think? Was this completely unnecessary? Did Qualcomm make the right move? Hit the comments to share your 2 cents!

  • qualcom dude

    I think the 620 name is good enough. It’s weird that qualcom think they need to change it to 650

    I believe the 620 will be faster than 800, so it’s OK that in the future that qualcom have 400 series (i.e. 430 that will be faster than 615, and slower than 620). So, either 620 or 650 is really un-important. It just a name…

    • The 620 will likely be faster than the 810 and so I think it needed a better name to distinguish it from the lesser 61x range.

      • Kyng

        Yeah with 4 a72 cores it most likely will be faster…. I think the gpu don’t be as good however…

        Basically the perfect chip for a blazing fast 1080p mid ranger.

  • The Snapdragon 650 has 2x ARM Cortex-A72 cores and 4x ARM Cortex-A53 cores, that alone makes it very different to the current Snapdragon 61x processors. In fact that setup is quite formidable, considering that the Snapdragon 808 has 2x ARM Cortex-A57 and 4x ARM Cortex-A53 cores and that processor is found in phones like the LG V10.

    As for the 652 that is even more of a beast with 4x A72’s and 4x A53’s, better than the Snapdragon 810. So these processors should NEVER have been named after the 61x convention, that was a mistake and it looks like Qualcomm has fixed that.

    • Ivelin Ognyanov

      Yep :)

    • Steve Brain

      Makes more sense to name the 652 something like “81x” then doesn’t it?
      I hear Snapdragon 6xx and immediately put it aside thinking it’s the budget models.
      If I heard “812” I’d be thinking “oh good, they fixed the 810” :-)

      • That is a valid point, I guess Qualcomm wants to create an artificial distance (in terms of performance) between the Cortex-A72 and its new Kryo core. I think the performance gap between the S652 and the S820 is actually gone to be quite small, so Qualcomm are sticking a lesser GPU in the S652 and putting it into the 600 series to try and convince consumers that the S820 is really the king. So in Qualcomm’s mind the S820 is the fix for the S810, not the S652.

  • Avieshek Rajkhowa

    Remember, Windows 9?

    • gg

      Don’t you mean Windows 8.1?

      • Avieshek Rajkhowa

        Get the pun buddy

    • Buster95

      Actually Windows 9 exists, since it’s a code name for a Windows version.

      • Avieshek Rajkhowa

        You shl’d be in the science stream.

  • Karly Johnston

    They need to clear it up for consumers. The 615 was hardly better than the 410, at 1080p 615 was the same performance as a 410 at 720p. The fact a 600 series now supports QHD and 4k recording with CAT 8 LTE with cpu speeds equal to the A57 this should be called an 800 series.

  • Jesse Jen

    I just bought a Red Mi Note 3 (retail @ $220), which has The Snapdragon 650 (3G + 32G). The performance and power consumption is very impressive. I believe Qualcomm has brought The 2015 high end performance and features to 2016’s mid-range price level. Good move to fight back Mediatek.