Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 678 SoC; The CPU receives a minor boost from the Snapdragon 675

In 2018, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 675 SoC. It powered popular devices such as Redmi Note 7 Pro, Vivo U20, Samsung Galaxy A70s. Today, the company announced a successor, Snapdragon 678 SoC. It focuses on improving photography, connectivity, without sacrificing battery life.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 678 is an Octa-Core processor built on the 11nm LLP process. According to the official press release, the SoC brings a minute update on its predecessor’s performance. As a result, it has a Kryo 460 processor clocked at 2.2 GHz compared to 2.0 GHz on the Snapdragon 675. However, the GPU on the 678 is the same Adreno 612, but Qualcomm says it has increased performance.

For the uninitiated, Kryo is a series of semi-custom ARM cores that Qualcomm uses on its Snapdragon SoCs. Here, Kryo 460 refers to the Cortex A76 and Cortex A55 cores. From this, high-performance 2xA76 cores are clocked up to 2.2 GHz, as mentioned by Qualcomm.

Specifications Snapdragon 678

For specifications, the SoC supports display up to FHD + with a maximum resolution of 2520 × 1080 pixels and a 10-bit color depth. For cameras, it has a 14-bit Qualcomm Spectra ™ 250L ISP. It supports a single camera up to 192MP and a single / double camera with MFNR up to 25 / 16MP. Here, MFNR refers to the reduction of noise with multiple frames.

Qualcomm says the third-generation Qualcomm® AI engine supports camera features such as portrait mode, low light, laser autofocus, 4K video at 30 fps, 5x optical zoom, slow-mo (up to 1080p at 120 fps ) and more. It also supports HEVC (High-Efficiency Video Coding) and has accelerated EIS support.

As mentioned above, the Adreno 612 GPU is the same as its predecessor. However, Qualcomm says that this SoC is optimized for Unity, Messiah, NeoX and Unreal Engine 4, among other top games and more.

Connectivity and other features

Similarly, the SD678 has the same X12 LTE modem. As the name suggests, it does not support 5G. However, it supports maximum download speeds of 600,150 Mbps. There is also dual-SIM VoLTE and 3x20MHz support for downlink carrier aggregation.

In terms of connectivity, we have Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, Beidou, Galileo, GLONASS, GPS, QZSS, SBAS for navigation. For ports, you get USB-C with USB-3.1 support.

Other features include 8GB DDR4 RAM at 1866 MHz, video playback up to 4K with HEVC, AVC codec support, Qualcomm® aptX ™, aptX ™ HD audio, audio playback up to 4W, Quick Charge ™ 4+ technology and more .

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