The first phones to feature AI-focused Snapdragon 700 chips will arrive in the second half of 2018, so it’s possible we’ll see the first devices at IFA, if not sooner.
BARCELONA—Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 700 series of mobile CPUs, unveiled here at MWC, promise double the performance of AI processes compared to last year’s 660.
Like the 845, the focus is very much on machine learning and better imaging, particularly slow motion video, and high contrast shots, meaning you’ll be able to take great pics at any time of day or night. Other tricks include faster charging and a 30 percent uptick in power management compared to the 660 chip.
Cherry-picking these high-end features was intentional; the idea is to create an “affordable, premium experience” that meet the needs of the rapidly changing middle tiers, Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon said.
Qualcomm expects most Snapdragon 700 phones to hit emerging markets, particularly China, where this growth is highest. But customers should expect to see 700 series CPUs powering phones in a wide range of territories.
The first phones to feature Snapdragon 700 chips will arrive in the second half of 2018, so it’s possible we’ll see the first devices at IFA, if not sooner.
Qualcomm also promised much faster charging times with Snapdragon 700 phones, thanks to support for Quick Charge 4. A 2,750mAh cell should charge to half power in 15 minutes, apparently, though Qualcomm admits that this will only apply on certain 700 Series chips. Most phones these days feature batteries north of 3,000mAh, so depending on the cell size and other factors—like heat dissipation—your mileage may vary.
That said, the twofold uptick in machine learning processes combined with better power management means that—in theory—you shouldn’t be grabbing for your charger that often anyway.