New mid-tier Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 Snapdragon 626 & Snapdragon 427 Announced SoCs: Include X9 LTE Modem and Support for 8GB RAM

New mid-tier Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 Snapdragon 626 & Snapdragon 427 announced – Possible, your smartphone could be powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon processors by early 2017, to assure high-end performance and lighting-fast speeds.

On Tuesday, at Qualcomm’s 2016 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong, Qualcomm announced several new additions to its low- and mid-tier Snapdragon SoC lineup, including the Snapdragon 427, Snapdragon 626, and Snapdragon 653. Each new Snapdragon SoC builds on its predecessor, adding a few key features.New mid-tier Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 Snapdragon 626 & Snapdragon 427 Announced SoCs: Include X9 LTE Modem and Support for 8GB RAM

The new Snapdragon 427, Snapdragon 626 and Snapdragon 653 will support Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology, which can power up devices 4x faster than traditional methods. The models will also support dual camera for crisp and clear photos.

New mid-tier Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 Snapdragon 626 & Snapdragon 427 Announced SoCs: Include X9 LTE Modem and Support for 8GB RAM

The existing 652 is the “Pro” version of new Snapdragon 653 similar to how the Snapdragon 821 is a “Pro” version of the 820. Qualcomm raised the max frequency of the Snapdragon 653’s four ARM Cortex-A72 CPUs to 1.95GHz, up from 1.80GHz in the 652, but kept the max frequency of the four ARM Cortex-A53 CPUs the same. There’s still an Adreno 510 GPU in the new SoC, but its peak frequency has also been increased.

The new chipsets can increase network capacity by supporting X9 LTE, LTE Advanced Carrier Aggregation, 64-QAM and Enhanced Voice Services (EVS) codec on VoLTE calls.

The Snapdragon 626 in fact features Qualcomm TruSignal antenna boost, designed to improve signal reception in congested areas. And the Snapdragon 427 will be first chipset to bring TruSignal to the Snapdragon 400 tier of processors.

The Snapdragon 653 received a modem upgrade: The Snapdragon X9 LTE modem replaces the Snapdragon X8 LTE modem in the 652. The X9 still supports up to 300Mbps on the downlink using 2x20MHz carrier aggregation and 64-QAM (Category 7), but boosts the uplink to 150Mbps by adopting 64-QAM (Category 13). The X9 can also improve call clarity when using the Enhanced Voice Services (EVS) codec for VoLTE calls.

Qualcomm Snapdragon Mid-Range to High-End SoCs
SoCSnapdragon 650
(MSM8956)
Snapdragon 652
(MSM8976)
Snapdragon 653
(MSM8976 Pro)
Snapdragon 820 / 821
(MSM8996 / MSM8996 Pro)
CPU2x Cortex-A72 @ 1.80GHz
4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.44GHz
4x Cortex-A72 @ 1.80GHz
4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.44GHz
4x Cortex-A72 @ 1.95GHz
4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.44GHz
2x Kryo @ 2.15GHz / 2.34GHz
2x Kryo @ 1.59GHz / 2.19GHz
GPUAdreno 510Adreno 530 @ 624MHz / 653MHz
Memory2x 32-bit @ 933MHz
LPDDR3
14.9GB/s
2x 32-bit @ 1866MHz
LPDDR4
29.9GB/s
ISP/CameraDual ISP
21MP
Dual 14-bit Spectra ISP
25MP / 28MP
Encode/Decode2160p30, 1080p120
H.264 & H.265
2160p30 (2160p60 decode), 1080p120
H.264 & H.265
Integrated ModemSnapdragon X8 LTE
(Category 7)
DL = 300Mbps
2x20MHz CA, 64-QAM
UL = 100Mbps
2x20MHz CA, 16-QAM
Snapdragon X9 LTE
(Category 7/13)
DL = 300Mbps
2x20MHz CA, 64-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
Mfc. Process28nm HPm14nm LPP

* Snapdragon SoCs still in production but not shown: 810, 808, 805, 801, 800

Qualcomm said the New mid-tier Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 Snapdragon 626 & Snapdragon 427 Announced SoCs: Include X9 LTE Modem and Support for 8GB RAM will be commercially available by the end of 2016.

Qualcomm Snapdragon Mid-Range SoCs
SoCSnapdragon 615 / 616
(MSM8939)
Snapdragon 617
(MSM8952)
Snapdragon 625 / 626
(MSM8953 / MSM8953 Pro)
CPU4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.70GHz
4x Cortex-A53 @ ?
4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.50GHz
4x Cortex-A53 @ ?
4x Cortex-A53 @ 2.00GHz / 2.20GHz
4x Cortex-A53 @ 2.00GHz / 2.20GHz
GPUAdreno 405Adreno 506
Memory1x 32-bit @ 800MHz
LPDDR3
6.4GB/s
1x 32-bit @ 933MHz
LPDDR3
7.46GB/s
ISP/Camera21MPDual ISP
24MP
Encode/Decode1080p30 H.264 / 1080p60
H.264 & H.265
2160p30
H.264 & H.265
Integrated ModemGobi 4G LTE / Snapdragon X5 LTE
(Category 4)
DL = 150Mbps
1x20MHz CA, 64-QAM
UL = 50Mbps
1x20MHz CA, 16-QAM
Snapdragon X8 LTE
(Category 7)
DL = 300Mbps
2x20MHz CA, 64-QAM
UL = 100Mbps
2x20MHz CA, 16-QAM
Snapdragon X9 LTE
(Category 7/13)
DL = 300Mbps
2x20MHz CA, 64-QAM
UL = 150Mbps
2x20MHz CA, 64-QAM
Mfc. Process28nm LP14nm LPP

The Snapdragon 427 (MSM8920) is the newest member of the lower-tier 400 series, which now encompasses seven Snapdragon SoCs (400, 412, 415, 425, 427, 430, 435), ranging from the Snapdragon 400—containing either a dual-core Krait 300 or quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU and an Adreno 306 GPU—to the 435 and its octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU running at up to 1.4GHz with an Adreno 505 GPU and X8 LTE modem.

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