Qualcomm recently unveiled its Flagship SoC for next year, the Snapdragon 845. But they could also be readying themselves to launch its mid-series SoC Snapdragon 670 in the first quarter of 2018.
Some key specs about the chip has been leaked by well-known tipster Roland Quant. The Snapdragon 670 will be a successor to the Snapdragon 660 based on the Kryo 260 CPU.
Qualcomm testing new Snapdragon 670 (SDM670) – their test platform has
4/6 GB LPDDR4X RAM
64 GB eMMC 5.1 flash storage
22,6 + 13 MP camera.
— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) December 20, 2017
According to Quant, the processor is currently being tested on a prototype device and the chipset will have WQHD resolution (2560 x 1440p) support. It also supports eMMC 5.1 storage as the prototype had 64 GB of internal storage of the same kind. Other than that, the prototype had 6 GB of DDR4X RAM, a rear facing 22.6 Megapixel camera and a front facing 13 Megapixel camera. So these are some of the specs that can be confirmed to be supported by the Snapdragon 670.
A report published in GizmoChina claims that the SoC will be run by 2 high-performing custom Kryo 360 cores, six high-efficiency cores and could be built using the Samsung’s 10nm LPP technology. Additionally new 600 series graphics may also be added to the chipset.
But considering the fact that very few devices this year had the Snapdragon 660, it might be some time before we see devices powered by the Snapdragon 670. It’s speculated that the upper mid-range phones in the first half of 2018 may have the Snapdragon 660 before manufacturers start switching to the Snapdragon 670.
Some of the devices sporting the Snapdragon 660 in 2017 were Oppo R11/R11s, R11/R11s Plus, Vivo X20, Sharp Aquos S2, Xiaomi Mi Note 3, Vivo X20, Asus Zenfone 4, Smartisan Nuts Pro 2, 360 N6 Pro and Elephone S9.
According to reports, the mass production of the Snapdragon 670 may also start by the first quarter of 2018. So we’ll see devices powered by Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 845 before the Snapdragon 670.