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Snapdragon 600 tier processors repositioned to reflect advanced performance

Dec 16, 2015

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Industry reception for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 620 and 618 processors has been strong. Significant new technology has been packed into these performance-focused mobile processors and the response from device manufacturers has been positive.  

Since the announcement of the Snapdragon 620 earlier this year, we’ve added a number of processors to the 600 tier including the 615, 616 and 617. The Snapdragon 620 and 618 processors stood out however, with their use of our advanced X8 LTE modem technology with Cat 7 support and carrier aggregation plus the advanced ARM-A72 CPU and next generation Qualcomm Adreno 510 GPU.

The Snapdragon 620 and 618 have significant user experience and performance advantages even within the current 600 tier of processors. Because of this, Qualcomm Technologies is making minor adjustments within the product lineup to better reflect the positioning and capabilities of these two processors by renaming the Snapdragon 620 and 618 to the Snapdragon 652 and 650, respectively.

Put simply, the renaming is to recognize the significant modem, processing, graphics, and camera advantages these two processors bring to the Snapdragon 600 tier. We’ve been developing the Snapdragon 652 and Snapdragon 650 processors over the last 12 months, and the superior capabilities and performance positions them well above other processors in this tier. For example, the 4K Ultra HD video capture, playback and gaming experiences are unique for this tier, while the hi-resolution camera and 4G LTE experiences push the limits for this category. Although we prioritize user experiences over other measures, benchmark scores also carry weight and they, too, confirm the value in repositioning these two processors to properly reflect a higher position within the Snapdragon 600 tier.

At Qualcomm Technologies, we don’t take changes lightly, but we also recognize it’s important to ensure our processors are well understood by our customers and reflect both the performance and capabilities inherent in their design. With this new naming and positioning, the Snapdragon 600 tier continues to provide excellent mobile experiences and offers superior performance with leading technology and features, with the Snapdragon 652 and 650 leading the pack.

Look for these new processors available soon in leading devices worldwide.

Qualcomm Snapdragon and Qualcomm Adreno are products of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

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