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Qualcomm unveils three processors for mid-range smartphones

At the 4G/5G summit, Qualcomm unveiled new three processors for mid-range devices namely – Snapdragon 653, 626 and 427. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 is an upgrade from the 652, the 626 from the 625 and lastly, the 427 from the 425.

All three processors are powered by X9 LTE chip with CAT 7 modem. Furthermore, they support the company’s new Quick Charge 3.0 technology which promises to offer power delivery, which will be four times faster. They include enhanced voice services as well, which will offer Ultra HD VoLTE calls.

Along with dual camera support which has been picked up from Qualcomm’s 800 line of processors, these new processors will include advanced connectivity features such as an X9 LTE with CAT 7 modem.

Each processor also has a number of unique capabilities that deliver differentiating value for OEMs and users. The Snapdragon 653 processor is said to support 10 percent higher performance compared to the 652, due to a CPU speed increase up-to 1.95GHz. The RAM has been doubled to 8GB, in an effort to improve multitasking and overall system performance.

On the other hand, the Snapdragon 626 processor is said to deliver CPU speeds of up-to 2.2GHz, for as much as a 10 percent performance improvement over the 625. It also implements Qualcomm’s TruSignal antenna boost. This technology aims to improve signal reception, especially in congested areas.

Lastly, the Snapdragon 427 will be the first processor in the Snapdragon 400 family to offer TruSignal antenna tuning. It will also feature 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO, a 64-bit CPU with Cortex A53 and a 16MP dual ISP.

The Snapdragon 653 and 626 processors are expected to be commercially available by the end of the year while the Snapdragon 427 processor is expected to be in commercial devices by early 2017.

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