Future mid-range phones will appear high-end, thanks to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 710 chipset

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We’ve each at one point had an interest in having a super-fast smartphone with advanced features like AR Emoji, Animoji and Face ID, but the cost probably turned us down. In the near future, this might be a walk over! Qualcomm is creating a platform for manufacturers to create mid-range smartphones that have these features, with a launch of a new chip in Snapdragon 710.

The Snapdragon 710 is a 10nm chipset that features a multi-core AR engine for on-device neural networking processing, as well as a Spectra 250 image signal processor that enables things like multi-frame noise reduction and AI camera features like video style transfer and active depth sensing for artificial bokeh.

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It is designed to provide new architectures, and is engineered to result in significant performance improvements in the following areas:

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

The new platform transforms your smartphone into a customized experience across camera and voice, with the help of a multi-core AI Engine, delivering up to 2X overall performance improvements in AI applications. Utilizing AI capabilities, the Snapdragon 710 makes it just so easy to capture and share contextually-aware photos and videos and personalize voice and speech patterns for more natural interactions.

Through heterogeneous computing, the Snapdragon 710 Mobile Platform’s newly enhanced architectures, including the Qualcomm® Hexagon™ DSP, Qualcomm® Adreno™ Visual Processing subsystem and Qualcomm® Kryo™ CPU, are engineered to work harmoniously to run on-device AI applications quickly, intuitively and efficiently.

Capturing photos and videos

The new Qualcomm Spectra 250 ISP supports enhancements in capturing professional-grade quality photos and videos with superior low light photography, noise reduction, fast autofocus, image stabilization, smooth zoom and real-time bokeh effects. It is as well designed to deliver super resolutions with up to 32MP single ISP and 20MP dual ISP.

Additionally, the AI Engine in the Snapdragon 710 supports smooth, speedy video style transfer, deep portrait modes and Face ID / Unlock with active depth sensing.

Display

The Snapdragon 710 features 4K HDR playback for viewing HDR videos and apps bringing with it greater brightness, wider color gamut and color depth, resulting in enhanced visual quality when viewing 4K HDR supported content over the most popular video streaming services.

Connectivity

The Snapdragon 710 features the new brand’s X15, a Category 15 LTE modem that supports up to 800 Mbps download speeds, while bringing the most advanced 4G LTE technologies to the 700-tier. These include 4×4 MIMO technology for up to 70% faster download speeds in weak signal conditions, and License-Assisted Access (LAA) for faster speeds in crowded places, compared to phones that don’t support these features.

The new chip also offers an advanced suite of wireless technologies including cutting edge Wi-Fi features, Bluetooth 5, Qualcomm Broadcast Audio and Qualcomm TrueWireless Stereo Plus to support wire-free listening experiences without wires between the left and right earbuds whilst delivering an enhanced user experience, including call voice in both ears, lower latency and longer battery life in the headset.

Performance and Battery

Nomore worries about a rushing battery power; the new chip is designed to deliver superior power efficiency, long-lasting battery life and an overall enhanced user experience. Enhancements have been made to the Adreno 616 Visual Processing Subsystem architecture, thus Snapdragon 710-based devices can expect to see up to 40% reduction in power consumption for both gaming and 4K HDR video playback, as well as a 20% reduction in power consumption when streaming video, when compared to Snapdragon 660. The new Kryo 360 architecture is also optimized to support up to a 20% overall uplift in performance, 25% faster web browsing and 15% faster app launch times, compared to the Snapdragon 660.