Qualcomm recently announced the Snapdragon 660 mobile System-On-Chip. It is designed as a mid-high range mobile system, lined up just below its flagship Snapdragon 835 and above the 630, replacing the 635 from last year.
The 660’s processing power is delivered by Qualcomm’s Kryo 260 CPU. This is made up of four semi-custom Cortex-A73 “Performance” cores running at 2.2 GHz, with four semi-custom Cortex-A53 “Efficiency” cores running at 1.8 GHz in a big.LITTLE configuration. They are clocked slightly lower than Kryo 280 found in Snapdragon 835. It is coupled with an all-new Adreno 512, of which there is not much information available.
This is perhaps Qualcomm’s most interesting SoC and provides best value for money. In terms of pure processing performance it should provide more compared to last year’s flagship, at least on paper. It also has more new technologies such as Qualcomm 4.0 fast charge, Bluetooth 5.0, better image processing, support of more satellite systems including QZSS and SBAS. It also has Hexagon 680 DSP with Qualcomm All-Ways Aware sensor hub and HVX. Rest of features include 4K 30fps video recording and supports QHD display.
All-in-all we should expect similar, if not slightly better, CPU performance compared to Snapdragon 820, with better efficiency and newer overall technology. The only downside would be the Adreno 512 compared to 530 on Snapdragon 820, although we do not know a lot about it at present.
We should expect devices with 660 to be announced at the end of Q2 or beginning of Q3 2017. The rumours indicate the devices would be sub £300. If true, this would be the first time when buying a new mid-range phone would be better than buying last year’s flagships.