US fabless chip maker Qualcomm went official with its latest premium mid-range chipset dubbed Snapdragon 712 a couple of days back. The latest iteration of the Snapdragon 700 series is the second after the Snapdragon 710 was released last year. The SD712 uses the same 10nm FinFET process as the Snapdragon 710 and also integrates eight Kryo 360 CPU cores and the Adreno 616 GPU, but has 10% improved performance than the Snapdragon 710.
With just 10% improvement over the Snapdragon 710, one wonders the essence of the chipset as some may not consider it much of an upgrade. However, Qualcomm has now come out to disclose some more details of the Snapdragon 712. Qualcomm says the SDM712 mobile platform not only inherits all the AI intelligence and top features of the previous generation Snapdragon 710 mobile platform, but it also enhances the gaming and other experience through performance. Details of how the enhanced gaming experience is achieved weren’t disclosed but we believe that is tied to the slightly higher 2.3GHz clock frequency which the new chipset achieves over the Snapdragon 710.
An official of Qualcomm is reported to have hinted that compared to the Snapdragon 710, the Snapdragon 712 achieved a 10% performance improvement, not only bringing technical improvements to multimedia and other mobile experiences but also bringing higher efficiency and more economic benefits. The Snapdragon 712 processor is said to be capable of achieving faster processing speed and graphics rendering during gaming, allowing heavy games, multiplayer games and other types of games to run smoothly and respond quickly. At the same time, Qualcomm emphasized that the Adreno 616 GPU is designed to enjoy host-like gaming quality and cinematic movie experience on smartphones, capable of rendering more than 1 billion colors. The audio aspect is also improved to deliver superb sound quality and more immersive gaming experience.
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In addition to enhanced game features, the Snapdragon 712 integrates the Opteron X15 LTE modem to support multiple enhanced 4G LTE features, as well as support for 4×4 MIMO and Licensed-Assisted Access (LAA). According to the official, the download speed of the Snapdragon 712 is more than twice that of the traditional LTE Advanced. On the camera aspect, the Snapdragon 712 uses the Qualcomm Spectra 250 camera ISP, which supports 10-bit color depth and supports 4K video capture. In addition, static shooting is enhanced; multi-frame noise reduction allows users to take multiple photos at the same time. Finally, the Snapdragon 712 also supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ technology, and the official said that it takes only 15 minutes for the battery to charge from 0% to 50%.