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Qualcomm has unveiled three new processors for its growing mid and entry tier mobile SoC portfolio today, dubbed the Snapdragon 653, 626, and 427. As you may have guessed, these are the successors to the 652, 625, and 425 labelled chips that launched earlier in the year, each boasting a selection of improvements and new features.

For starters, each of processors comes paired up with Qualcomm’s high speed X9 LTE modem that was previously reserved for its top-tier chips. This modem offers Category 7 LTE download speeds of up to 300Mbps, while the upload ranks at Category 13 for peak data transfers at 150Mbps. The X9 also comes with two 20MHz band carrier aggregation support in both the uplink and downlink, to make the most of fast LTE-Advanced networks that have rolled out around the world.

All three of the SoCs also support dual image sensors, at varying resolutions, and come with Quick Charge 3.0 technology built in for faster battery charging, even in less expensive devices. There’s also universal support for the Enhanced Voice Services (EVS) codec for VoLTE calls.

 Snapdragon 653Snapdragon 626Snapdragon 427
CPU4x Cortex-A72 @ 1.95Hz
4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.44GHz
8x Cortex-A53 @ 2.2GHz4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.4GHz
GPUAdreno 510Adreno 506Adreno 308
RAMUp to 8GB LPDDR3 @ 933MHz Dual-ChannelUp to 4GB LPDDR3 @ 933MHzUp to 4GB LPDDR3 @ 667MHz
Imaging21MP, dual sensor support24MP, dual sensor support16MP, dual sensor support
DisplayQuad HD, 2560x1600, WQXGA1080p, 1900x1200, WUXGA720p, 1280x800, WXGA
ModemX9 LTE
300Mbps down, 150Mbps up, 2x20MHz CA, up to 64-QAM
X9 LTE
300Mbps down, 150Mbps up, 2x20MHz CA, up to 64-QAM
X9 LTE
300Mbps down, 150Mbps up, 2x20MHz CA, up to 64-QAM
Process14nm LPP28nm HPm28nm LP

Some slight performance improvements have also been made to the two new 600 series chips. The Snapdragon 653 sees its Cortex-A72 CPU cores boosted from 1.80 to 1.95GHz for a roughly 10 percent boost to performance. The Adreno 510 GPU has seen a small increase in frequency too. This SoC now also support up to 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM, up from 4GB, making it a very compelling option for super-mid tier handsets, so long as you don’t mind the limited GPU.

“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,” – Alex Katouzian, senior vice president of product management, Qualcomm

Similarly, the 626 sees a 10 percent performance boost to its low power Cortex-A53 cores, which increase from 2.0 to 2.2GHz. There aren’t any performance enhancement found in the Snapdragon 427, but it does bring Qualcomm’s TruSignal antenna boost technology from the 800 and 600 series to the company’s low cost processor tier. TruSignal is designed to improve signal reception in congested areas.

The mid-range Snapdragon 653 and 626 will be available before the end of the year, while the entry level Snapdragon 427 won’t make an appearance until early 2017.

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