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New Qualcomm Gaming, AI Chipsets For Mid-range Phones

Qualcomm has unveiled several new chipsets for improved AI and gaming processing within affordable premium smartphones (i.e. mid-range handsets).

The Snapdragon 730/730G and 665 chipsets are expected to arrive in devices around mid-2019.

Snapdragon 730/ 730G

The Snapdragon 730G is Qualcomm’s first gaming-specific version of a chipset alongside the new 730.

The 730G features Qualcomm’s Elite Gaming platform — introduced in its 855 chips — to aid with faster rendering, Wi-Fi latency and up to 90% jank reduction and “true HDR gaming.”

It features an enhanced version of the Adreno 618 GPU, which Qualcomm claims makes it 15% faster than the regular 730.

Qualcomm also stated that it will support anti-cheat extensions, and be optimised for a number of unspecified “top-rated games.”

The 730 offers Qualcomm’s fourth-generation AI processor and a computer vision-enabled image signal processor.

Meaning the 730 is capable of running AI processes twice as fast as the Snapdragon 710 while using up to four times less power.

Qualcomm also stated that it can apply portrait mode effects in real time to 4K HDR video.

Although not gaming-centric, the 730 packs Vulkan 1.1 graphics library for improved image quality and surround sound enhancements for an immersive experience.

The Snapdragon 730s will support triple-camera systems and high-resolution depth sensors and save photos and videos in HEIF format and are WiFi 6 compatible.

Their Kyro CPUs feature two performance cores that run at 2.2GHz and six others at 1.8GHz for “efficiency”.

Snapdragon 665

Qualcomm is promising similar improvements to AI and gaming with the Snapdragon 665 processors.

Like the 730s, the 665 will support triple-camera setups and on-device AI-processing for AR translation, scene detection and low light photography.

Its GPU isn’t as powerful as the 730s’ but it too has a Velkan 1.1 graphics driver for improved gaming capabilities.

The Adreno 610 GPU here isn’t as powerful as the 730s, but it also has a Vulkan 1.1 graphics driver for light gaming.

It features an X12 LTE modem that promises up to 600 Mbps, and support 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO — not as fast as the 730/730G.

Qualcomm expects smartphones with the Snapdragon 665 and 730/730G to go to market in mid-2019.

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