Qualcomm introduces Snapdragon 678, the new mid-range smartphone chipset

Qualcomm introduced the Snapdragon 675 chipset almost two years ago which was designed for mid-range devices to provide balanced performance for smartphones. Now, after a long time of its launch, the company has finally announced the successor to the chipset called Snapdragon 678 for the midrange market. As per the official statement from Kedar Kondap, Vice President, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, “overall performance upgrades, high-speed connections for sophisticated photo and video capture, and immersive entertainment experiences

We are positioned to support OEMs in delivering the next generation of devices with in-demand features and performance. Snapdragon 678 brings advanced mobile capabilities for daily entertainment at lightning-fast speeds over reliable connections and long-lasting battery life for consumers worldwide.” The new chipset does not bring any major changes and is almost similar to Snapdragon 675. It has the same Kyro 460 CPU architecture and Adreno 612 GPU, but the CPU cores are maxed out at 2.2GHz. The company also claims that they have tweaked Adreno 612 GPU to provide better performance. 

The users will be able to notice some improvement in photography and videography with the new chipset as with the Specta 250L ISP and 3rd generation Qualcomm AI Engine, device makers can add support for features like portrait mode, low-light capture, limitless 4K video capture, and more. The ISP supports two cameras with up to 16MP resolution and zero shutter lag or a single camera at 25MP with ZSL. The new chipset uses a Snapdragon X12 4G LTE modem that can push download speeds up to 600 Mbps and upload speeds up to 150 Mbps. It also has Licensed Assisted Access (LAA), which can increase capacity by tapping into the unlicensed 5GHz spectrum.  

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