Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 732G today, which offers device manufacturers a similar chipset to the Snapdragon 730G but improved in several key areas.
The first improvement of the Snapdragon 732G over the Snapdragon 730G is that the octa-core CPU has a higher clock speed. The Qualcomm Kryo Prime 470 core has been given a mild upgrade with the clock speed boosted to 2.3GHz compared with the Snapdragon 730G’s 2.2GHz. Qualcomm’s website also explains that the System-on-Chip has a bolstered Adreno 618 GPU, but this is the same GPU as the Snapdragon 730G, and it is unclear if there are any differences between the two chips: the 15% improvement detailed in the Adreno 618 literature refers to older generation Adreno GPUs.
As well as the custom Kryo CPU cores and Adreno 618 GPU, the Snapdragon 732G also features the Qualcomm Hexagon 688 Processor, which includes the Hexagon Scalar Accelerator, Hexagon Vector eXtensions (HVX), Hexagon Tensor Accelerator, Hexagon Voice Assistant and Qualcomm Sensing Hub. The new SoC uses 8nm technology, which should give it very low power consumption – just as with the Snapdragon 730G.
For modem and network support, the Snapdragon 732G comes with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X15 LTE model offering LTE Category 15 for the download (up to 800Mbps speed) and LTE Category 13 for upload (up to 150Mbps speed). Dual SIM support is also included, and the chipset is detailed as “Wi-Fi 6-ready,” plus includes support for Bluetooth 5.1 and NFC. The final new feature is that Qualcomm have given the Snapdragon 732G their Snapdragon Elite Gaming technology, which in their own words, “allow[s] players to experience seamless and ultra-realistic gameplay in over a billion shades of color.”
When might we start to see devices powered by the Snapdragon 732G? Good news – soon! Qualcomm’s press release goes on to explain that POCO Global are working on a new device based around this chip, as Sam Jiang, POCO Global’s head of products, explains: “We are extremely excited about the upcoming POCO smartphone and our collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies that allowed us to create the first device on the market with the latest Snapdragon 732G Mobile Platform… We believe the device will set a new benchmark in the mid-range category, completely redefining the relationship between a phone’s price and its capabilities.”
Qualcomm are currently enjoying a very successful period and have released many new chipsets. It will be interesting to see how MediaTek are going to compete – especially as it appears we will not be seeing any more Huawei Kirin chips in at least the short term.