At MWC 2018, Qualcomm didn’t announce the Snapdragon 670 processor as expected. Instead it unveiled a new series – the Snapdragon 700.
The Snapdragon 700 series, according to Qualcomm, brings on-device AI thanks to Qualcomm’s AI Engine. It also brings improvements to camera, device performance, and power consumption.
Qualcomm said in its official release statement that first commercial samples will start shipping in the first half of 2018 but it didn’t reveal the name of any chipset in the series. Fortunately for us, leaker @rquandt seems to have gotten the name of one of the chipsets.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 (SDM710) incoming. The first 700-series Snapdragon SoC.
— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) April 3, 2018
In a tweet posted earlier today, he revealed that the Snapdragon 710 (SDM710) is coming and it is the first of the 700-series mobile platform from Qualcomm. Sadly, he said there is no info about the SoC’s configuration.
Nevertheless, we may not see the first Snapdragon 700 powered phones hit the market until the second half of the year. There are a lot of mid-range chips at the moment that have not gotten wide-adoption. The Snapdragon 625, released nearly two years ago, is still a favorite among manufacturers.