Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 616, 412, and 212 as minor SoC updatesBy Tim Schiesser
Qualcomm has announced a new collection of mid-range and entry-level SoCs today, designed to succeed the current-generation Snapdragon 615, 410 and 210 models that have been available to manufacturers since the early parts of 2014.
These new SoCs are only minor updates to their predecessors, which is reflected in their model names: the Snapdragon 616, Snapdragon 412, and Snapdragon 212. All three SoCs are still manufactured using an aging 28nm LP process, and all continue to support up to Category 4 LTE thanks to an integrated 9x25 modem.
The Snapdragon 616 is mostly unchanged in comparison to the Snapdragon 615. It still features an octa-core CPU, with two quad-core clusters of ARM Cortex-A53s. The only real change is the clock speed of the little cluster, which moves to 1.2 GHz from 1.0 GHz; the big cluster is still clocked at 1.7 GHz, and the GPU is still an Adreno 405.
The Snapdragon 412 bumps the quad-core Cortex-A53 CPU to 1.4 GHz from 1.2 GHz, and also boosts the memory controller's clock speed to 600 MHz from 533 MHz. Everything else remains unchanged, including the Adreno 306 GPU.
And finally, the Snapdragon 212 continues to use a four-core cluster of Cortex-A7 CPUs, which aren't 64-bit capable. The only change here is a slight clock speed boost from 1.1 to 1.3 GHz, with the Adreno 304 GPU remaining the same.
Qualcomm hasn't stated when these new SoCs will begin appearing in devices, although they're most likely already sampling to manufacturers and partners.