These New Snapdragon Processors Will Power Your Budget Phone Next Year

Phone makers across the globe are busy announcing new models. Well, it’s also the time for Qualcomm to announce new processors, heart of many new phones that will appear next year. The chip maker has just outed two new mid-range SoCs, namely Snapdragon 430 and Snapdragon 617. Warning: Lots of nerdy talks below!

Snapdragon 430 comes as a successor to the widely used Snapdragon 410. You will likely find this inside phones like Moto G next year. Another mid-range SoC Qualcomm announced is the Snapdragon 617. You can say it’s like a stripped down version of Snapdragon 620. Obviously, it only has a subset of features.


Both of them are octa-core processors with eight A53 cores clocked at 1.2GHz for Snapdragon 430 and 1.5GHz for Snapdragon 617. While Snapdragon 617 uses the current gen Adreno 405 GPU, Snapdragon 430 has the new gen Adreno 505 to assist it. Another key improvement over its predecessor is for the first time a 400 series SoC will support FullHD (1080p) display.

In terms of network support, Snapdragon 430 has X6 LTE modem which supports Cat 4 speeds, whereas Snapdragon 617 zooms ahead with Cat 7 speeds, thanks to its X8 LTE modem.

Both the Snapdragon 430 and 617 will support cameras up to 21MP resolution. They will also come with Qualcomm’s newest Quick Charge 3.0, first for Snapdragon 400 series. While Snapdragon 617 based devices will come by the end of the year, those with Snapdragon 430 will not appear before, say second quarter of 2016.