Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 632 at an event in MWC 2018 Shanghai. The chip reportedly has AI capabilities. It will support mobiles within the $200 to $300 price range.
Why Snapdragon 632?
It hasn’t been long since Qualcomm released the Snapdragon 710, the holy grail of upper-mid-tier smartphones with flagship like processing power and AI capabilities. Looking at the market trend, the lower-mid-tier is the best seller for Qualcomm. Not just that, the demand and usability of AI has also skyrocketed within the past year. It was a no-brainer for Qualcomm to develop the Snapdragon 632.
Snapdragon 632 Features:
The Snapdragon 632 features 8 Kyro 250 cores (4 high-performance cores for intensive apps and 4 power efficient class). The chipset will apparantly raise the processing power by about 40% and graphics performance by 10% as compared to its predecessors Snapdragon 626.
Snapdragon 632 AI Power:
Qualcomm also included it’s very own Qualcomm Neural Processing SDK and Android NN as an attempt to get the chip into the AI race. These will provide apps that require AI processing enough horsepower to work effortlessly. It will also help in increasing battery life and better image processing.
A Few More Tricks up its Sleeve
The beefed-up SoC will have some other benefits too. The Snapdragon 632 will provide better support for tall 18:9 displays with up to FHD+ resolution. The main reason lower-mid-tier smartphones didn’t have powerful enough cameras was the inability of the SoC to handle the amount of data powerful cameras generate. Not anymore. The Snapdragon 632 SoC now supports up to dual 13 MP + 13 MP cameras or a single up to 24 MP camera. This will mean a significant photographic overhaul of these semi-budget phones. And obviously, the inclusion of AI will allow for many post-processing features.
In terms of connectivity, the chipset comes with a built-in X9 LTE module that gives users the coveted LTE advanced features, boosting their internet speeds up to 300 Mbps.
What does the SoC mean to the Public?
The Snapdragon 632 is going to be a boon for people with a modest budget. And the ever-increasing performance upgrades to the sector have made these phones capable of doing 90% of things flagships can without any dropping a sweat.