Qualcomm Debuts Mid-Range Snapdragon 430, 617 Processors

Chipmaker Qualcomm has released more information about the newest models in its Snapdragon mobile processor line. In addition to the high-end Snapdragon 820, Qualcomm announced today that it would also be bringing the mid-tier 617 (pictured, on left) and 430 models (pictured, in background, on right) to market soon.

Both system-on-a-chip models are designed to bring features usually found in high-end smartphones to mid-range devices, according to the company. The 617 will be the first to be released, coming to market before the end of the year, while the 430 is expected in 2016.

Two New Mid-Tier Models

Both the 617 and the 430 chips will feature dual-ISPs to support devices with cameras capable of capturing photos of up to 21 megapixels. They also come with QualcommEUs new Quick Charge 3.0, a new power management system also announced today that the company said is capable of supporting charging times up to four times faster than traditional USB cable charging.

Quick Charge 3.0 is designed to charge devices twice as fast as Quick Charge 1.0, the company said. The charging system uses Intelligent Negotiation for Optimum Voltage (INOV), an algorithm that allows portable devices to determine what power level to request at any point in time, enabling optimum power transfer. It also supports wider voltage options, allowing a mobile device to dynamically adjust to the ideal voltage level supported by that specific device.

The Snapdragon 617 is the lower-end model on paper, but it still shares several capabilities with its higher-end siblings, the 620 and 618, including LTE capabilities with support for Cat 7 download speeds of up to 300 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 100 Mbps, and 2x20 MHz carrier aggregation. The 617 is powered by an octo-core Cortex-A53 CPU running at up to 1.5 GHz, and an Adreno 405...

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