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Snapdragon 7150, 6150 leak: Are we looking at next-gen mid-range chips?

Qualcomm is slated to launch a flagship chip next month, but it looks like the firm is also working on two more chipsets.

Published onNovember 5, 2018

The Qualcomm Snapdragon logo.
  • Qualcomm is said to be working on Snapdragon 7150 and 6150 chipsets.
  • The new chips are reportedly octa-core designs, with at least one built on an 11nm process.
  • A LinkedIn account has also referenced an SM7250/Snapdragon 7250 chipset.

We’ve heard for quite some time now that the upcoming Snapdragon 855 flagship chip will be called the Snapdragon 8150. The move is ostensibly meant to better distinguish Qualcomm‘s mobile chips from its laptop processors.

Now, WinFuture has uncovered evidence on GitHub repositories for Snapdragon 7150 and Snapdragon 6150 chipsets, also known as the SM7150 and SM6150 respectively. This name change could mean Qualcomm is rebranding its Snapdragon 600 and 700 series.

These new chips are said to be octa-core designs, although details such as CPU layout and clock speeds weren’t forthcoming. If they’re anything like the newly announced Snapdragon 675, however, then we can expect these chips to make use of Arm’s latest CPU cores (Cortex-A76 and Cortex-A55). The outlet also pointed to a LinkedIn profile to suggest that the Snapdragon 6150 could be built on an 11nm manufacturing process (much like the Snapdragon 675 once again).

Qualcomm’s last few chips (Snapdragon 670, 675, 710) have also adopted two heavyweight cores and six lightweight cores, so don’t be surprised if this is the layout for the new chipsets. Then again, there’s every chance that the Snapdragon 6150 is a lower tier chipset with weaker hardware, as the Snapdragon 600 series varies wildly in capabilities.

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The U.S. chipmaker is using two separate test platforms for the new chips, according to WinFuture. The Snapdragon 7150’s test device purportedly features an 18:9 QHD+ screen (at least 2,880 x 1,440), which could mean it’s just a rung below Qualcomm’s top-end chipset. Meanwhile, the Snapdragon 6150’s test phone apparently packs a more modest full HD+ display (18:9), suggesting this is a budget-focused processor.

These might not be the only high-profile chips we see from Qualcomm in the coming months. An Oppo employee’s LinkedIn profile has revealed the existence of an SM7250 (Snapdragon 7250) chipset. We don’t know anything about this processor beyond the name, but this will likely be another entry in the Snapdragon 700 series.

Qualcomm is expected to reveal its Snapdragon 855/Snapdragon 8150 next month, so hopefully we get official information on these new chips then.

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