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Snapdragon 675 brings outstanding gaming, stellar camera, and AI smarts [video]

Oct 22, 2018

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Our Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 Mobile Platform Series have kept customers happy with long battery life, superior connectivity, and easy adaptability. Now with the newest addition to the family — the Snapdragon 675 Mobile Platform — we’re building on what our customers already love while providing many of the most asked-for mobile experiences.

Packed with outstanding gaming abilities, high-grade camera features, and AI smarts, Snapdragon 675-powered smartphones can deliver advanced technologies that allow users to consume more of what they love. With support from a new 400-series Qualcomm Kryo CPU, Snapdragon 675 devices are designed to sport a 20 percent performance boost over the previous generation that will noticeably improve almost every experience — fast app launching, speedy web browsing, superior battery life, and more.

By offering so many of the most asked-for mobile experiences, we’re enabling OEMs to design more features and incredibly fast performance into their devices. Here’s a look at how the Snapdragon 675 can deliver more for the user than any 600-series mobile platform to come before it.

A gamer’s paradise

The Snapdragon 675 is enhanced for gamers and specifically designed to let users play faster, smoother, and cooler than ever before. Working with some of the biggest game developers, many popular mobile gaming titles have been optimized on Snapdragon 675. These optimizations include the ability to game with 90 percent fewer janks compared to the same games without the optimizations and 30 percent faster game launch.

The most demanding games require support from all parts of the smartphone, which is where our Snapdragon heterogeneous compute advantages come into play. We considered the entire system when designing the Snapdragon 675, so we have the Kryo CPU working side-by-side with our Adreno GPU and Hexagon DSP to help ensure the platform works efficiently and performs to the best of its ability. Beyond the marriage of GPU, CPU, and DSP, gaming advancements also come from the Qualcomm Aqstic Audio and X12 LTE modem, which improve sound quality and offer lightning-fast speeds, respectively. What’s more, we’re working closely with top gaming engines, including Unity, Unreal, Messiah, and NeoX, to bring our gaming optimizations to a larger portfolio of mobile games.

Stellar camera features 

The Snapdragon 675 unleashes the true power of the Qualcomm Spectra ISP, allowing users to capture professional-grade photos and videos at up to 25 megapixels, and take snapshots at an amazing 48 megapixels. For the first time ever on a 600-series mobile platform, we’re debuting limitless slo-mo, which lets users record HD videos at 480 frames per second for extended amounts of time, a framerate available on only a few premium smartphones today.

Our new mobile platform supports up to three concurrent cameras in the front and three concurrent cameras in the back, for a total of six cameras. This setup enables high-res depth sensing for stunning portraits in the back, and 3D face unlock in the front. With these three cameras, users can now capture exciting shots in 5X telephoto, 2.5X wide-angle, and super wide-angle and save their favorite — or all three. The platform also boasts enhanced features, including quick autofocus, almost zero shutter lag, and enhanced portrait mode. Enhanced portrait mode combines multiple photos to create the ultimate shot, focusing on the subject in the foreground and blurring out the objects in the background.

AI smarts

Snapdragon 675 is engineered to support up to 50 percent overall improvements in AI applications compared to its predecessor. The multi-core AI Engine is designed to improve the mobile device’s ability to acquire and process information. It’s like the ultimate personal assistant, effortlessly learning the user’s voice, optimizing battery life, providing advanced security, and helping capture the highest quality photos and videos. With the on-device AI Engine and working with top AI independent software vendors, Snapdragon 675 is able to manipulate images in real-time by adding artistic overlays. It can also identify locations and objects and uses additional layers of security for face unlock.

Through heterogeneous computing, the Qualcomm Hexagon DSP, Qualcomm Adreno GPU, and Qualcomm Kryo CPU are working cooperatively to run AI applications on-device faster and more efficiently compared to the previous generation. Our heritage in heterogeneous computing helps enhance — not control — on-device AI.

At Qualcomm Technologies, we work every day to create the next class of mobile devices. With Snapdragon 675, we’ve created a powerhouse that supports high-quality experiences across gaming, camera, and AI to a new tier of smartphones. Now, more people than ever before can enjoy high quality features.

Commercial devices with the Snapdragon 675 Mobile Platform are expected in early 2019.

Qualcomm Snapdragon, Qualcomm Adreno and Qualcomm Aqstic, Qualcomm Hexagon, and Qualcomm Kryo are products of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc and/or its subsidiaries.

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