Qualcomm reveals new hardware to power edge computing

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The third mobile processor is created to improve gaming performance on premium mid-range smartphones. The Snapdragon 730 features the fourth, and latest, generation of Qualcomm AI Engine, which was previously only available in Qualcomm's top-line Snapdragon 855 chipset targeted at flagship smartphones. Snapdragon 730 is an octa-core processor which consists of two 2.2GHz Kryo 470 cores and six 1.8GHz Kryo 470 cores made on the 8nm fabrication process.

With 2x the power of its predecessor, Qualcomm Technologies' 4th generation multi-core Qualcomm AI Engine is created to accelerate intuitive on-device interactions for camera, gaming, voice and security.

It also uses Spectra 160 ISP rather than the Snapdragon 670's Spectra 250 for image processing.

As for gaming, the Snapdragon 730 is said to support "true HDR mobile gaming with 10-bit color depth" and offer higher power efficiency for improved battery life.

The Snapdragon 730 brings industry-leading on-device AI to mobile experienceswith intuitive image capture, exceptionalgaming and optimized performance.Snapdragon 730 elevates new experiences by bringing technologies that were previously exclusive to 8 series devices. It offers 15 percent faster graphics rendering over the Snapdragon 730 with an overclocked GPU.

These features are normally found in high-end Snapdragon processors, and with 730G, the company aims to bring considerable improvement in the gaming experience for budget smartphone users. As compared to Snapdragon 710 that supports FHD+ displays, SD 730G also supports resolutions up to QHD+. It is an upgraded version of Snapdragon 660.

For gamers, the Snapdragon 665 SoC comes with the Adreno 610 GPU for "improved and longlasting gameplay". It also means the Snapdragon 730 can do 4K HDR video capture in portrait mode, and support devices with triple camera arrays, like telephoto, portrait, and ultra-wide lenses.

Qualcomm says that the new AI engine offers up to 2X faster AI processing. In an era where multiple cameras with large main sensors are gaining ground, this is another important improvement the 665 has over the 660. Further, the Snapdragon 665 utilises the Spectra 165 ISP and as a result, the processor supports up to a 48 MP single main camera, or 16 MP dual snappers, or even triple setups.

This chipset comes with a Jank Reducer feature which apparently reduces jank or stuttering of games by 90 percent at games running at 30 fps. We would see either Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 or 730G powering the Samsung Galaxy A80 (or A90) that is launching tomorrow. Connectivity features of the chipset include Snapdragon X12 LTE modem, Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac, and Bluetooth 5.0.

Qualcomm's new data center chipset is part of a wider push by the company to break into new areas for growth - an effort that's taken on new importance following Qualcomm's failure to consummate its proposed merger with NXP.