While most of us wait (im)patiently for the Snapdragon 820’s (hopefully) impending announcement, Qualcomm has actually quietly released improved versions of the its lower-end Snapdragon family with the arrival of the Snapdragon 212, 412, and 616.
On the lowest end of the spectrum we have the Snapdragon 212 and 412, with the chips based on Cortex-A7 and Cortex-A53 respectively. These are the exact same core types as last year, though they have been sped up. The Snapdragon 212 cores have gone from 1.1 to 1.3GHz, and the Snapdragon 412 cores were raised from 1.2GHz to 1.4GHz. Additionally, the Snapdragon 412 also sees memory bandwidth rise from 533MHz to 600Mhz. All other features from the Snapdragon 212 and Snapdragon 412 remain the same as we saw in the previous generation.
Lastly we have the Snapdragon 616, an octa-core processor with two different clusters of Cortex-A53 cores. The higher speed cores run at 1.7GHz, with the low-power set coming in at 1.2GHz.
As you can see, none of these new chips offer any massive differences from the prior versions but instead bring modest improvements that should make them perform even better than before. You can expect to see these chips make their way into phones and other Android devices later this year or in early 2016.