Qualcomm To Launch Snapdragon 670 Chipset In Q1 Of 2018
Every year, it is not just the flagship lineup of chipsets from Qualcomm gets a refresh. The mid-range segment of smartphones has even tougher competition between Qualcomm and MediaTek, and Qualcomm will soon launch the Snapdragon 670 chipset in 2018.
The Snapdragon 670 chipset will be based on Samsung’s 10-nanometer (nm) LPP process technology which was also used in Qualcomm’s 2017 flagship chip, the Snapdragon 835. Samsung used the same process for its 2017 flagship chipset, the Exynos 8895.
A famous leakster tweeted a few details about the upcoming Snapdragon 670 chipset:
Qualcomm testing new Snapdragon 670 (SDM670) – their test platform has
4/6 GB LPDDR4X RAM
64 GB eMMC 5.1 flash storage
22,6 + 13 MP camera.
— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) December 20, 2017
According to the report, the Snapdragon 670 will go into mass production in early-2018 and will be subsequently available for OEMs.
Qualcomm recently unveiled its 2018 flagship chipset, the Snapdragon 845 which was also manufactured by Samsung. Recent reports have claimed that the South Korean tech giant will lose its business from Qualcomm as the Snapdragon 855 is expected to be manufactured by TSMC.
The report also claims that an industry executive believes that Samsung is losing Qualcomm orders to TSMC because the company will not be fabricating 7nm chips in 2018. The report went on to state that “Qualcomm is still likely to transfer orders back to Samsung in 2019 if its 7nm chip facility becomes ready.”
As much as the Snapdragon 845 is important, markets like India sell mid-range smartphones much more than their flagship counterparts, hence the Snapdragon 670 and its adequacy will be important for upcoming mid-range smartphones in 2018.