Most people don’t really care that much about processors and all those behind-the-scene things that run our smartphones and tablets. But obviously, those things are pretty important because without them, we might as well go back to the age of feature phones. Qualcomm is one of the most sought after semiconductor companies and now they’ve announced that they’re launching three new Snapdragon processors, and they will all bring advanced modem, imaging and sensors to devices.
The Snapdragon 625, 435 and 425 will all give us the “premium tier user experience” if it will run our devices. They will all have advanced technologies for LTE with carrier aggregation, Snapdragon All Mode, dual camera image signal processors, better call reliability through Qualcomm’s TruSignal technology plus several other features that would improve the performance of your device. Snapdragon 625 is actually the first in its class that would use the 14 nm FinFET technology that would basically bring down 35% the power consumption of your device, as compared to the previous generation processor.
Meanwhile, the Snapdragon 435 is also the first in its class to integrate the X8 LTE modem so you can get faster LTE speeds for both downlink and uplink. It also integrates an octa-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU. The Snapdragon 425 brings an upgraded path for devices that have been using the 410 and 412. From the description of what I can do, it is something that will be a better option for entry level devices.
Qualcomm expects that these three processors will already be sampling to customers, meaning OEMs, by the middle of this year. Then commercial devices will probably be carrying these new generation of Snapdragons by the second half of 2016.