Today Qualcomm announced a new entry into its “upper mid-range” line-up of SoCs: The Snapdragon 712. The announcement is quite surprising, as it seems the chip might possibly simply be a higher bin variant of the Snapdragon 710:

Qualcomm Snapdragon Upper Mid-Range SoCs
SoC Snapdragon 710 Snapdragon 712 Snapdragon 675
CPU 2x Kryo 360 (CA75)
@ 2.2GHz 


6x Kryo 360 (CA55)
@ 1.7GHz
2x Kryo 360 (CA75)
@ 2.3GHz 


6x Kryo 360 (CA55)
@ 1.7GHz
2x Kryo 460 (CA76)
@ 2.0GHz
256KB L2

6x Kryo 460 (CA55)
@ 1.7GHz
64KB L2
GPU Adreno 616 Adreno 616
+10%
Adreno 612
DSP Hexagon 685 
ISP/
Camera
Spectra 250 ISP
32MP single / 20MP dual
Spectra 250 ISP
triple-camera support
Memory 2x 16-bit @ 1866MHz
LPDDR4X
14.9GB/s

1MB system cache
Integrated Modem Snapdragon X15 LTE
(Category 15/13)
DL = 800Mbps
3x20MHz CA, 256-QAM

UL = 150Mbps
2x20MHz CA, 64-QAM
Snapdragon X12 LTE
(Category 12/13)
DL = 600Mbps
3x20MHz CA, 256-QAM

UL = 150Mbps
2x20MHz CA, 64-QAM
Encode/
Decode
2160p30, 1080p120
H.264 & H.265
Mfc. Process 10nm LPP 11nm LPP

On paper, the only visible difference between the Snapdragon 712 and its predecessor seems to be a 100MHz boost on the part of the CPU cores. Qualcomm also claims that the new chip offers 10% faster graphics rendering compared to the 710, which would consecutively mean that the Adreno 616 is seeing a similar boost in its clock frequency.

At the time of writing we can’t see any other differences between the two products. As a reminder, Qualcomm Snapdragon branding not merely covers the SoC chip itself, but the whole platform which also includes accompanying components such as PMICs, WiFi chipsets, audio chipsets as well as RF front-end solutions for cellular connectivity. Stay tuned as we try to find out more and confirm on whether the chip differs in any other way.

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Source: Qualcomm

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  • levizx - Friday, February 15, 2019 - link

    Think again then. I'll give you a hint, the first punch-hole display. Reply
  • rouregre - Sunday, February 10, 2019 - link

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  • eastcoast_pete - Monday, February 11, 2019 - link

    Underwhelming product, unless this replaces the 710 at the same or lower price (unlikely). Do marketing gimmicks like this indicate that Qualcomm has lost its edge and is coasting along in the mid-price range? Too bad that Huawei (HiSilicon) at least appears to not be willing to sell their SoCs to other manufacturers. They would kill QC in the mid-lower and lower range, and there are enough people who look for capable phones below the $ 300 mark. Reply
  • peevee - Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - link

    "Too bad that Huawei (HiSilicon) at least appears to not be willing to sell their SoCs to other manufacturers."

    I bet they would, but there is too much stolen IP so no buyers for lawful markets.
    Reply
  • levizx - Friday, February 15, 2019 - link

    What a stupid comment. List one stolen IP, I dare you. Reply
  • peevee - Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - link

    I like 675 better, because of A76. Higher frequencies are not very useful in a phone as they lead to higher power draw and thermal throttling. Newer uarch OTOH.... Reply
  • levizx - Friday, February 15, 2019 - link

    Newer uArch on a WORSE process. 11LPP is somewhat on par with 10LPE in terms of power, slightly worse performance and moderately lower costs. So you lose ~15% power efficiency by going from 10LPP to 11LPP anyway.
    As far as efficiency goes, S712 is still better than S675 overall - a slight loss on A75 vs A76, but 15% gain applies to every other component including A55, ISP, GPU, DSP, Baseband etc.
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