While the Snapdragon 820 is most likely to capture public attention as a halo product, Qualcomm has also been working on updating their mid-range SoCs. The first update announced was the Snapdragon 617, which appears to be similar to the Snapdragon 615 with an updated X8 modem for UE category 7 LTE, with support for carrier aggregation of up to 2 20 MHz carriers. The DSP is in the same family as the Snapdragon 615, but it looks like the DSP might have been rebranded. The ISP is shared with the Snapdragon 620, which allows for cameras with resolutions as high as 21MP.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 Lineup
SoC Snapdragon 615 Snapdragon 617 Snapdragon 618 Snapdragon 620
CPU 4x Cortex A53 @1.0GHz

4x Cortex A53 @1.7GHz
4x Cortex A53 @?GHz

4x Cortex A53 @1.5GHz
4x Cortex A53 @1.2GHz

2x Cortex A72 @1.8GHz
4x Cortex A53 @1.2GHz

4x Cortex A72 @1.8GHz
Memory
Controller
1x 32-bit @ 800MHz
LPDDR3

6.4GB/s b/w
1x 32-bit @ 933MHz
LPDDR3

7.5GB/s b/w
2x 32-bit @ 933MHz
LPDDR3

14.9GB/s b/w
2x 32-bit @ 933MHz
LPDDR3

14.9GB/s b/w
GPU Adreno 405 Adreno 405 "Next-gen" Adreno "Next-gen" Adreno
Encode/
Decode
1080p H.264

1080p30 HEVC decode
1080p H.264

1080p60 HEVC decode
2160p30, 1080p120
H.264 & HEVC
2160p30, 1080p120
H.264 & HEVC
Camera/ISP 21MP Dual ISP
21MP
Dual ISP
21MP
Dual ISP
21MP
Integrated
Modem
"X5 LTE" Cat. 4
150Mbps DL
50Mbps UL
"X8 LTE" Cat. 7
300Mbps DL
100Mbps UL
"X8 LTE" Cat. 7
300Mbps DL 100Mbps UL

2x20MHz C.A. 
(DL & UL)
"X8 LTE" Cat. 7 
300Mbps DL 100Mbps UL

2x20MHz C.A. 
(DL & UL)

Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Lineup
SoC Snapdragon 415 Snapdragon 425 Snapdragon 430
CPU 4x Cortex A53@?GHz

4x Cortex A53@1.4GHz
4x Cortex A53@?GHz

4x Cortex A53@1.7GHz
4x Cortex A53@?GHz

4x Cortex A53@1.2GHz
Memory
Controller
1x 32-bit @ 667MHz
LPDDR3

5.3GB/s b/w
1x 32-bit @ 933MHz
LPDDR3

7.5GB/s b/w
1x 32-bit @ 800MHz
LPDDR3

6.4GB/s b/w
GPU Adreno 405 Adreno 405 Adreno 505
Encode/
Decode
1080p H.264

1080p30 HEVC decode
1080p H.264

1080p60 HEVC decode
1080p H.264

1080p30 HEVC decode
Camera/ISP 13MP Dual ISP
21MP
Dual ISP
21MP
Integrated
Modem
"X5 LTE" Cat. 4
150Mbps DL
50Mbps UL
"X8 LTE" Cat. 7 
300Mbps DL 100Mbps U

2x20MHz C.A.
(DL & UL)
"X6 LTE" Cat. 4
150Mbps DL
50Mbps UL

The Snapdragon 430 goes along a similar line of thought, but with a bump to 8 cores from the 4 cores of the Snapdragon 410/412. The GPU is also updated to Adreno 505 from the Adreno 306, but what this translates to is effectively unknown. The Snapdragon 430 will also have a UE category 4 modem with the ability to aggregate two 10 MHz downlink carriers for 150 Mbps and Category 5 uplink speeds of 75 Mbps. The ISP will be shared with the Snapdragon 617, which means dual ISPs that can enable a 21MP camera. Both SoCs and the Snapdragon 820 will support Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0, which improves charge efficiency and/or charge rate over Quick Charge 2.0.

Source: Qualcomm

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  • Le Geek - Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - link

    I wonder how you can call the snapdragon 430 an "incremental" upgrade over the 410.
    Lets just talk of the gpu (the 410's biggest bottleneck), considering the 405 more than twice as fast as the 306 and the fact that 505 will be even faster doesn't make the update seem incremental at all.
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  • JoshHo - Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - link

    Given that these appear to still be using 28LP judging by the clock speed of the CPU clusters, it's somewhat incremental relative to high end mobile SoCs where we often see a change in GPU, ISP, CPU, DSPs, fixed function blocks, in addition to a new process node.

    This isn't necessarily a slight against Qualcomm, the nature of the mid-range market is very different from the high-end which is why SoCs tend to be more incremental in nature.
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  • darkich - Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - link

    Still doesn't take away from Geek's point - having twice the CPU cores and double the GPU speed is simply not incremental. Reply
  • JoshHo - Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - link

    That's fair, I just wanted to explain why I felt the update is relatively incremental. Reply
  • Le Geek - Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - link

    I wonder why these budget offerings don't make a switch to atleast 28nm HPM.
    The LP process makes me wonder if the 430 will be plagued by the same overheating / throttling issues as the 615.
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  • LiviuTM - Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - link

    Perhaps costs? LP is clearly the cheapest. Reply
  • lilmoe - Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - link

    Cheaper, but also more efficient in average clocks of those small cores. HPM is faster and more efficient when you go higher in performance and clocks. Reply
  • MrSpadge - Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - link

    8 tiny A53 at "up to 1.2 GHz" - if such a phone is thermally throttling they isulated the SOC in vacuum. Reply
  • Valis - Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - link

    New SD 6xx still 28 nm? Hmm, I was hoping for something 14 nm that wouldn't be the battery hog the 615 is. Don't need much more perf than 618 and 620, but could use the power consumption of the newer tech. Reply
  • lilmoe - Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - link

    I believe the 430 and 617 are targeted for the low end and lower mid-range respectively. The 618 and 620 will target the midrange and upper-midrange respectively, the former having a hexa-core A72/A53 configuration, the latter having a similar octa-core configuration, and both rocking an Adreno 510 GPU.

    You're missing a couple of SKUs that were also annouced:
    https://www.qualcomm.com/products/snapdragon/proce...

    I agree with Le Geek. This is a major class shift in performance, where midrange SoCs are comparable to today's flagships (sans GPU).
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