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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  • icrf - Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - link

    Well, honestly, what are you expecting? The market today is just A53 and A57 combinations, it's just growing by two new types of cores and things shift around accordingly. I rather like the look of the 618. It looks similar to the high-end 808 of today, but hopefully priced for the mid-range, given its model number. Reply
  • mforce - Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - link

    These SOCs really do look exciting and even the weakest one seems to still be a decent one as far as CPU power is concerned. They'll certainly create some problems for Mediatek. Reply
  • BMNify - Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - link

    These SOCs won't create any problem for Mediatek, Qualcomm will not be able to compete on price. Reply
  • nikaldro - Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - link

    Can't they just give us 2 A72s for the lower end, instead of that 8 A53 garbage? Reply
  • Cod3rror - Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - link

    Agreed! Is there a benefit to 8 A53s compared to 4? Throw 2 A72s in there. But I guess they have to A72 for mid-high end. Reply
  • Cod3rror - Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - link

    *keep Reply
  • kyuu - Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - link

    So there still aren't any Qualcomm SoCs outside of the high-end offerings that offer the passive-listening feature to allow for "Hey, Cortana" functionality on Win Phones, correct? Reply
  • Cod3rror - Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - link

    So can be expect 430 in Moto G 4th generation? I wonder if Snapdragon 430 has a barometer. Reply
  • exmachiner - Sunday, September 20, 2015 - link

    From the clockspeeds I'm guessing 620/618 will end up on the 28nm node as a replacement for 808. 820 will probably be 16nm FINFET, and obviously perform better. So the only hope of seeing a full-fledged A72 core chip on 16nm is Mediatek as Qualcomm will keep sabotaging it till they have a significantly better core design. Reply
  • Fidelator - Sunday, September 20, 2015 - link

    Other than the GPU I fail to see how the 430 is any better than the 425, are the specs actually mixed up? Reply

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