Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 712: A Higher Bin 710

Today Qualcomm announced a new entry into its “upper mid-range” line-up of SoCs: The Snapdragon 712. The announcement is quite surprising, as it seems the chip might possibly simply be a higher bin variant of the Snapdragon 710:

Qualcomm Snapdragon Upper Mid-Range SoCs
SoC Snapdragon 710 Snapdragon 712 Snapdragon 675
CPU 2x Kryo 360 (CA75)
@ 2.2GHz
6x Kryo 360 (CA55)
@ 1.7GHz
2x Kryo 360 (CA75)
@ 2.3GHz
6x Kryo 360 (CA55)
@ 1.7GHz
2x Kryo 460 (CA76)
@ 2.0GHz
256KB L2
6x Kryo 460 (CA55)
@ 1.7GHz
64KB L2
GPU Adreno 616 Adreno 616
Adreno 612
DSP Hexagon 685
Spectra 250 ISP
32MP single / 20MP dual
Spectra 250 ISP
triple-camera support
Memory 2x 16-bit @ 1866MHz
1MB system cache
Integrated Modem Snapdragon X15 LTE
(Category 15/13)
DL = 800Mbps
3x20MHz CA, 256-QAM
UL = 150Mbps
2x20MHz CA, 64-QAM
Snapdragon X12 LTE
(Category 12/13)
DL = 600Mbps
3x20MHz CA, 256-QAM
UL = 150Mbps
2x20MHz CA, 64-QAM
2160p30, 1080p120
H.264 & H.265
Mfc. Process 10nm LPP 11nm LPP

On paper, the only visible difference between the Snapdragon 712 and its predecessor seems to be a 100MHz boost on the part of the CPU cores. Qualcomm also claims that the new chip offers 10% faster graphics rendering compared to the 710, which would consecutively mean that the Adreno 616 is seeing a similar boost in its clock frequency.

At the time of writing we can’t see any other differences between the two products. As a reminder, Qualcomm Snapdragon branding not merely covers the SoC chip itself, but the whole platform which also includes accompanying components such as PMICs, WiFi chipsets, audio chipsets as well as RF front-end solutions for cellular connectivity. Stay tuned as we try to find out more and confirm on whether the chip differs in any other way.

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