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Snapdragon 710 Exposed | 40% More Efficient Than Snapdragon 660

Qualcomm held a media conference in Beijing on May 24th to officially announce the long-awaited Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 mobile platform (mobile processor). The Internet already speculated the development of a 700 series SoC (System-on-Chip) by Qualcomm to bring higher-end functions such as Kryo’s core architecture and custom DSP into cheaper processors, and partially replace the Snapdragon 660 (Xiaolong 660 in China). The Snapdragon 710 is The first chip of the Snapdragon 700 series.

Snapdragon 710
Image Credit: Qualcomm

Snapdragon 710 Features

The Snapdragon 710 uses Samsung’s second-generation 10nm LPP process, which is similar to the Snapdragon 845, to provide greater performance and lower power consumption. The Snapdragon 710 is equipped with Qualcomm’s X15 LTE modem, Hexagon 685 DSP, Spectra 250 dual ISP, Aqstic Audio, custom Kryo 360 CPU core and Adreno 616 GPU.

The Snapdragon 710 SoC core architecture is 2 + 6, with two high-performance CPUs clocked at 2.2 GHz and six energy efficient CPUs clocked at 1.7 GHz. The Snapdragon 710 introduces the same shared L3 cache as the Snapdragon 845.

In terms of photography, the Snapdragon 710 uses the Spectra 250 ISP. Compared with the Spectra 160 of the Snapdragon 660, it has significant performance improvements and lowers power consumption. It supports multi-frame noise reduction, active depth sensing, slow-motion video, and video noise reduction.

The Spectra 250 ISP supports maximum 32 million pixels and 20 million pixels dual camera, supports depth portrait mode and active depth sensing face recognition / unlock function, with 4K HDR playback.

The Snapdragon 710’s X15 LTE Modem offers the highest LTE Cat.15 downlink speed of 800Mbps, while also supporting 4×4 MIMO. The Snapdragon 710 also supports 2×2 WiFi (802.11ac), Bluetooth 5, Qualcomm TrueWireless stereo and other technologies.

The Snapdragon 710 supports AI efficient architecture and integrates a multi-core artificial intelligence engine (AI Engine, AIE). It claims to bring twice the AI performance of the Snapdragon 660 and supports mainstream artificial intelligence tools and frameworks. The Snapdragon 710 also supports Google’s ARCore, which brings high-performance immersive and real AR applications.

Snapdragon 710 (SDM710) Specifications

  • CPU – 8x Qualcomm Kryo 360 CPU @ up to 2.2 GHz (in two clusters)
  • GPU – Qualcomm Adreno 616 Visual Processing Subsystem supporting  OpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 2.0, Vulkan, DirectX 12
  • DSP – Qualcomm Hexagon 685 DSP with 3rd Gen Qualcomm Hexagon Vector
    Extensions (HVX),  Qualcomm All-Ways Aware Sensor Hub
  • Memory I/F – LPDDR4x, 2x 16-bit up to 1866MHz, 8GB RAM
  • Storage I/F – No info provided
  • Display – Up to Quad HD+
  • Video
    • Up to 4K Ultra HD Premium playback
    • Up to 4K UltraHD capture @ 30 FPS
    • Up to 1080p video capture @ 120 FPS
    • H.264 (AVC), H.265 (HEVC), VP9, VP8
  • Camera
    • Qualcomm Spectra 250 ISP supporting up to 32 MP single camera, up to 16 MP dual camera
    • Zero Shutter Lag, Hybrid Autofocus,  Motion Compensated Temporal Filtering
    • Ultra HD 4K video capture at 30fps
    • Accelerated Electronic Image Stabilization
  • Audio – Qualcomm Aqstic &  aptX audio technologies
  • Cellular Connectivity – Qualcomm Snapdragon X15 LTE modem with peak download speed of 800 Mbps, peak upload speed of 150 Mbps
  • Other Wireless Connectivity
    • Integrated 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi with Mu-MIMO up to 867 Mbps via WCN3680B
    • Bluetooth 5 up to 2 Mbps, also via WCN3680B
    • NFC
    • GNSS – GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS
  • Security – Qualcomm Processor Security, Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors, Application Security, Hardware Token, Camera Security
  • Charging – Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ technology for a 50% battery charge within 15 minutes.
  • Manufacturing Process – 10nm LPP from Samsung

Snapdragon 710 Smartphones

Smartphones equipped with Snapdragon 710 are expected to be listed in the second quarter of 2018. Recently, Xiaomi released three new devices in China – Mi 8, Mi 8 Explorer Edition, and Mi 8 SE (Special Edition). As per the specifications, Xiaomi Mi 8 SE is the first smartphone powered by the SD710. The Mi 8 SE is the cheapest variant out of all of three devices and costs CNY 1,799 / USD 281 / INR 19,000.

Apart from the Mi 8 SE, Vivo NEX S is a toned down version of the NEX smartphone family which is also powered by the Snapdragon 710 system-on-chip.

Last Thoughts

The SDM710 is a successor to the Snapdragon 660, and Qualcomm states the new processor is up to 25% faster for web browsing, up to 40% more efficient for 4K video playback and gaming, and twice as fast when it comes to AI applications.

From the configuration point of view, SDM710 it is not weaker than the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 SoC. The performance should be between Snapdragon 820 and Snapdragon 835. The key competitor to the processor is Huawei’s Kirin 970, MediaTek Helio P22, etc.

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