QUALCOMM INTRODUCES 3 NEW MID RANGE SNAPDRAGON CHIPSETS: 653, 626 & 427: As you, all must be aware with one of the world’s most renowned mobile chipset manufacturing company. Recently the company introduced 2 new chipsets 653 & 626 in the Snapdragon 600 tier & 1 new chipset 427 in the Snapdragon 400 tier. Since the midrange market is very huge for Qualcomm so it will be not a big problem to get maximum explorers of the newly announced chipsets for the San Diego-based company. And as the company has made very interesting new improvements that have been added with the new silicon pieces it will be a tough market still as they are not as exciting as the flagships 830.

Snapdragon Newly Announced Chipsets: 653, 626 & 427

All the 3 newly announced chipsets namely 653, 626 & 427 will feature with a new X9 LTE modem, supported by Dual cameras & Quick Charge 3.0 too. The X9 LTE will support Cat 7 of downlink speed up to 300 MBps & for uplink Cat 13 speed will be up to 150 MBps. This speed of the X9 LTE modems is considered to be as far as 50% better than the X8 LTE uplink speeds. The speeds of up to 2 x 20 MHz with LTE Advanced Carrier Aggregation in both uplink & downlink will also be supported. Qualcomm his time also focused on Better call clarity & reliability on VoLTE calls by providing a 64-QAM in uplink & company’s Enhanced Voice Services Technology.

Let’s take all the 3 new additions one by one now. The newly announced Snapdragon Chipsets are as listed below:

1) 653 (MSM8976Pro)

2) 626 (MSM8953Pro)

3) 427 (MSM8920)

1. Snapdragon 653: 

Broad Features:

  • Snapdragon X9 LTE CAT 7 LTE Modem.
  • Display Quad HD, 2560 x 1600, WQXGA.
  • GPU Adreno 510.
  • CPU 4x Cortex-A72 @ 1.95Hz & 4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.44GHz.
  • Up to 10% higher performance.
  • 21MP, Dual Camera support.
  • RAM Up to 8 GB LPDDR3 @ 933MHz Dual-channel.
  • Support for 64-QAM in uplink.
Snapdragon 653 Chipset

As Qualcomm claims, it is designed to perform 10% better than the 652 which is being replaced with this chipset. The Snapdragon 653 (MSM8976 Pro) is the most powerful chipset from the bundle of all three releases. With achieving a maximum clock speed of 1.95 GHz & supporting up to 8 GB of RAM, better GPU performance & several other highly improved feature adding Enhanced Voice Services making better voice clarity while calling 653 chipsets itself proofs it as the better version from the predecessor 652.

2. Snapdragon 626:

Broad Features:

  • Snapdragon X9 LTE CAT 7 LTE Modem.
  • Display 1080p, 1900 x 1200, WUXGA.
  • GPU Adreno 506.
  • CPU 8x Cortex-A53 @ 2.2GHz.
  • Up to 10% higher performance.
  • 24MP, Dual Camera support.
  • RAM Up to 4 GB LPDDR3 @ 933MHz.
  • Qualcomm TruSignal Antenna boost.
Snapdragon 626 Chipset
Snapdragon 626 Chipset

Snapdragon 626 chipset is also 10% better in performance in the 600 series when compared with its predecessor i.e. 625. It can be clocked up to 2.2 GHz than  the 625’s speed of 2.0 GHz. This chipset also includes Qualcomm’s TruSignal Antenna Boost which is booster helping in improved signal reception in certain areas.

3. Snapdragon 427:

Broad Features:

  • Snapdragon X9 LTE CAT 7 LTE Modem.
  • Display 720p, 1280 x 800, WXGA.
  • GPU Adreno 308.
  • CPU 4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.4GHz.
  • Supports Integrated DSP.
  • 16MP, Dual Camera support.
  • RAM Up to 4 GB LPDDR3 @ 667MHz.
  • Qualcomm TruSignal Antenna boost.
Snapdragon 427 Chipset
Snapdragon 427 Chipset

The last of all 3 new additions & the only 1 addition in 400 series is the Snapdragon 427 (MSM8920). Seems better than the 425 when considered for CPU & GPU performances. It also adds with an additional TruSignal Antenna Boost for better improvements in Signal. Although X9 LTE being a huge addition it the 427 with respect to earlier line up of 425’s X6 LTE model, the clock speed remaining the same this time.

Ready to Release:

As per Qualcomm the Snapdragon 653 & 626 are expected to be released & commercially made available by the end this year. While the 400 tier series chipset – 427 is hopefully to be released by starting of 2017.

It has always been Qualcomm Technologies that has been adding to the strategies in introducing industry leading features like the latest Snapdragon 800 series. So the upcoming will be a great addition to the company strategy that we can expect.


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