Today, Qualcomm has updated its mid range lineup with the announcement of the Snapdragon 678 chipset. It is a successor to the Snapdragon 675 SoC, which was launched more than two years ago. This Snapdragon 678 comes with some minor upgrades such as better camera and connectivity capabilities.
The Snapdragon 678 chipset is built on the 11 nm node process and it is backed by Qualcomm Kryo 460 CPU and Adreno 612 GPU. If we compare this chipset with its predecessor, then the Cortex A76 cores on Snapdragon 678 are overclocked than Snapdragon 675. This time, they operate at a clocking of 2.2 GHz as opposed to 2.0 GHz on its predecessor.
Adreno 612 GPU is also kept unchanged but in Qualcomm’s official blog post, the company promised a performance increase. Qualcomm has not shared any figures backing the claim. The specification of the chipset also includes the Hexagon 685 DSP, Spectra 250L ISP, the 4G LTE enabled Snapdragon X12 modem, and the latest 3rd-Gen Qualcomm AI Engine. This Ai engine can be considered as one of the major upgrades of this processor.
As per the blog post, in addition to performance upgrades, Snapdragon 678 SoC will “support dynamic photography and videography abilities, and immersive entertainment experiences with long battery life over fast, reliable connectivity”.
Snapdragon 678 supports Full-HD+ (2520 × 1080 pixel) displays with up to 60 Hz refresh rate. This can be considered as a drawback because companies like Realme are offering 90 Hz refresh rate display devices within INR 12000 price brackets.
As far as the camera is concerned, it comes with up to 48 MP rear and up to 16 MP selfie camera support and 4K video at 30fps. Note that the Snapdragon X12 modem supports download speeds up to 600 Mbps and upload speeds up to 150 Mbps. Qualcomm promises no sacrifice in terms of battery life for this. We can expect devices around INR 15000 to come with this chipset in the next two years.