Interesting Chips! Snapdragon 660 Vs 710 In 3 Easy Points

Recently, Qualcomm held the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Innovation Forum in Beijing, China highlighting their work in the field of AI. In view of the above, Qualcomm launched the Snapdragon 710 mobile platform which integrates an AI Engine (AIE) or AI platform. Interestingly, Qualcomm’s AI platform emanates from the Snapdragon 820 to the latest flagship processor, Snapdragon 845. In terms of the Snapdragon 600 series chip line-up, Snapdragon 660 is at the top and Snapdragon 710 is the first processor of the Snapdragon 700 series. Hence we are pitting the Snapdragon 660 Vs 710 to understand the performance aspects of each chip and the better out of them.

Snapdragon 660 Vs 710
Image Source: Qualcomm Press Kit

In my opinion, the Snapdragon 710 is a promising mobile processor built on the same platform as of Snapdragon 835 which is still powering many high-end devices. Also, during the launch, Qualcomm touted its performance enhancements over the Snapdragon 660. Hence this is an interesting post which compiles the key differences between the two.

Let us first look at the specifications between the two processors of Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 and Snapdragon 660 to identify the differences between them.

Snapdragon 660 Vs 710
Snapdragon 660 Vs 710 – CPU, GPU, Design, Memory

As per the parameter comparison, Snapdragon 710 (SD710) has great advantages in many aspects, such as adopting the most advanced 10-nanometer process technology, adopting better CPUs and a stronger GPU. In fact, there are a lot of improvements in the Snapdragon 710, not limited to the given differences. Below are the key points which prove the fact that Snapdragon 710 is powerful than the Snapdragon 660 (SD660).

1. Snapdragon 710 Is Lite Version Of The Snapdragon 835

In essence, the SD710 is based on the same platform on which the Snapdragon 835 was built. The 2017’s flagship processor from Qualcomm is still powering many high-end devices. The SD710 adopts the Samsung’s 10nm LPE process integrating an eight-core Kryo 360 CPU with a frequency of 2.2 GHz.

On the other hand, SD660 also integrates the Qualcomm’s custom-designed Kryo CPUs, however, less powerful in terms of the architecture and the clock.

2. Snapdragon 710 Has Better Cellular & Media Processors

In comparison to the ISPs, DSP, and cellular modem in the SD660, the SD710 has upgraded version of these processors. These processors bring improvements in the connectivity experience, photography and image enhancements.

The key highlights in the SD710 include the Spectra 250 ISP for deep sensing face recognition via AIE. It integrates the upgraded Snapdragon X15 LTE cellular modem and supports Bluetooth 5.0 standard.

Snapdragon 660 Vs 710
Snapdragon 660 Vs 710 – Media, Storage, Benchmarks

2. Snapdragon 710 Has Better AI Engine (AIE)

As per the design, both processors do not have a dedicated AI Accelerator/NPU (Neural Processing Unit). However, Qualcomm’s approach is based on the efficient utilization of the Kryo CPUs, Adreno GPU, and the onboard Hexagon DSPs.

As per the comprehensive analysis, both chips enable AI applications such as computational photography (real-time image enhancements), image recognition, face-unlock, voice recognition, etc. However, the AI Engine in the SD710 is more powerful.

As per the AI performance comparison presented by Gary Brotman (Director of Product Management at Qualcomm), the overall computing power of the SD710 mobile chip has nearly doubled compared to the SD660. In addition, the SD710 can achieve performance improvements of 2x in AI applications. This performance improvement was brought about by the optimization of software, tools and upgrades.

Snapdragon 660 Vs 710 Key Takeaways

  • The key USP of the SD710 SoC (system-on-chip) is the inclusion of the AI Engine (AIE) using the onboard GPU, Hexagon DSP, and media processors.
  • We obtained the running score data of SD710 (previously called the “Snapdragon 670”) through the Geekbench database.
  • In general, Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 has a better performance. The overall performance of the Snapdragon 710 increased by 20%, and the GPU performance increased by 35% compared to the Snapdragon 660.
  • The performance gap between the two is better visualized by the star rating given at the start of this article

As of today, the most sought smartphone which is to be powered by the SD710 is the MI 8 SE. We sourced the benchmark points from a trusted source to give you a brief understanding of the performance.

Xiaomi MI 8 SE Vs Nokia 7 Plus

Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Vs 710 AnTuTu Benchmarks
Performance Snapdragon 710 Snapdragon 660
Overall 174333 146662
CPU 68359 66288
UX 48024 30440
3D 46746 39050

Snapdragon 660 Vs 710 – Last Thoughts

It is believed that there will be a large number of mobile phones that will be powered by the Snapdragon 710 chips in the second half of this year. From the perspective of an upgrade, Snapdragon 710 can be considered as a very good successor to the Snapdragon 660. The SD700 series is the best match for high-end and sub-premium smartphones.

The SD710 mobile platform equipped with the Xiaomi 8 SE supports Qualcomm artificial intelligence engine AI Engine, multi-core heterogeneous AI computing solution consisting of Kryo 360 CPU, Adreno 616 GPU and Hexagon 685 DSP with the same 1200MHz, the whole of SD710 AI performance is almost twice that of SD660.


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