The Qualcomm Snapdragon processor family continues to grow, and today Qualcomm Technologies is proud to introduce our latest additions in the form of the Snapdragon 625, Snapdragon 435, and the Snapdragon 425. We think they have a very promising future. The advancements and innovations inside these mobile processors are designed to support better experiences, higher performance, and longer battery life.
The Snapdragon 625 supports a winning combination of high-end features and low demand on battery life. The Snapdragon 435 supports all the specs of the Snapdragon 430 while adding the speed of the X8 LTE modem. And the Snapdragon 425 introduces new performance and experiences in the entry-level of the 400 series.
All of these new Snapdragon processors incorporate advanced technologies, including support for LTE with carrier aggregation, support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO, dual camera ISPs, Qualcomm RF360 front-end solutions, the Qualcomm Hexagon DSP (digital signal processor) for power-efficient audio and a sensor hub meeting Android M sensor requirements, Qualcomm Quick Charge, and a comprehensive reference design.
With the Snapdragon 625, the first thing you’ll notice is much longer battery life. The 625 supports up to 35 percent lower power usage than its predecessor, the Snapdragon 617, in typical smartphone use cases throughout the day. To put that in perspective, if your last smartphone got you only from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., your Snapdragon 625 device could last well past midnight.
With all that extra “on” time, if you’re a photography enthusiast—you’ll be able to get more out of the 4K HEVC camcorder and 24-megapixel camera (including 13MP selfies) with amazing image quality for the 600 series. And if gaming and “pwnage” is more your style, you’ll get more playing time, not to mention the superior graphics of the advanced Qualcomm Adreno 506 GPU. In short, whatever you do with your smartphone, the Snapdragon 625 is engineered to let you do more of it.
In September of last year, we announced the Snapdragon 430, which packs quality photography at 21MP, great gaming, and fluid 1080p UIs with the Adreno 505 GPU. The Snapdragon 435 offers all the same features and specifications, and it also supports X8 LTE, for the first Cat 7 speeds in the 400 series. New recipe, same great taste.
The Snapdragon 425 redefines the entry-point of the mid-tier, offering solid upgrades in features and experiences over the Snapdragon 410 and 412. The Snapdragon 425 is engineered to support faster connections with the X6 LTE modem; it also supports longer battery life by adding a dedicated Hexagon DSP for both multimedia and sensor processing. For advanced camera use cases, you’ll have a dual ISP, supporting high-resolution images up to 16MP. Several new premium computer vision features are supported for the first time in this processor tier, supporting advanced photography for consumers.
The Snapdragon 435, 430, and 425 are all pin-compatible and software-compatible, and the Snapdragon 625 is also software-compatible. These processors are expected to power smartphones available in the second half of 2016. For more specifications and details, check out the press release, product pages, and product briefs.