Qualcomm Launches Snapdragon 720G, 662 and 460 Chipsets in India: Everything You Need to Know

Smartphones based on Snapdragon 720G are expected to be commercially available in Q1 2020, while the devices based on Snapdragon 662 and 460 are expected to be commercially available by the end of 2020

Highlights
  • Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 720G, Snapdragon 662 and Snapdragon 460 chipsets for India
  • None of the three chipsets offer 5G support
  • Qualcomm is still evaluating the 5G scenario in India

Qualcomm unveiled three new chipsets for the Indian market today. The chipmaker is already going great guns when it comes to 5G, but in India, we may not see telcos launching 5G network this year. This forced Qualcomm to launch three new 4G chipsets for India. The three chipsets in question are Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Snapdragon 662 and the Snapdragon 460. At the launch event in New Delhi, Qualcomm confirmed the Snapdragon 720G powered devices will come out in Q1 2020 itself, but the devices with the other chipsets will come later this year which is underwhelming. Qualcomm already has the Snapdragon 730G and Snapdragon 730 chipsets in the mid-range segment and we now have devices with these SoCs under Rs 20,000 as well. So it will be interesting to see how the Snapdragon 720G fits into the company’s chipset portfolio as the price would be a major differentiator.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G Features Detailed

With Snapdragon 720G SoC, Qualcomm is aiming to redefine the gaming and entertainment segments in mid-range phones. The new chipset from Qualcomm comes with select Snapdragon Elite Gaming features from premium-tier mobile platforms to offer HDR gameplay, dynamic colour range and contrast along with realistic in-game environments. The chipset also offers synchronised sound with Qualcomm aptX Adaptive. There’s the Qualcomm Spectra 350L ISP which allows users to have super smooth video streaming and HDR viewing. The chipset also has the capability to capture 4K videos or shoot 192MP photos.

As for the connectivity, we get the integrated Snapdragon X15 LTE model which supports 3CA, 4×4 MIMO on two carriers and 256-QAM modulation for fast download speeds up to 800Mbps. There’s also support for FastConnect 6200 subsystem (Wi-Fi 6), 8×8 MIMO for 2x improvement over competitive Wi-Fi 6 devices. It also has support for Bluetooth 5.1.

The Snapdragon 720G chipset built on 8nm process and it features two powerful Cortex A76 cores clocked at 2.3GHz and six power-efficient Cortex A55 cores clocked at 1.8GHz. The Adreno 618 GPU handles all the graphic-intensive tasks. Lastly, smartphone brands can offer up to 120Hz refresh rate screens with this chipset and it supports Quick Charge 4+ fast charging as well.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 and Snapdragon 460 Features Detailed

Moving onto the Snapdragon 662 Mobile Platform, it brings several new camera and AI features to the 6-series for the first time. For the starters, the Snapdragon 662 has the brand new Qualcomm Spectra 340T which allows device manufacturers to offer triple cameras and smooth switching between them. The chipset also offers a robust ISP for photo capturing in the HEIF file format. Qualcomm also added 3rd generation Qualcomm AI Engine with Hexagon Vector Extension which works for enhanced AI-based user experiences.

The Snapdragon 662 also features new Snapdragon X11 LTE modem with peak download speeds of up to 390 Mbps thanks to 2CA, 2×2 MIMO and 256-QAM modulation, along with 150 Mbps peak uploads.

Lastly, we have the Snapdragon 460 Mobile Platform, which has similar architecture as the Snapdragon 662. For the first time in a while, Qualcomm has refreshed the Snapdragon 4-series. According to Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 460 boasts a major leap in performance in 4-series. Qualcomm Snapdragon 462 features Cortex A73 performance cores for the first time and we also get the updated Adreno 610 GPU, similar to the Snapdragon 662. Both the Snapdragon
662 and Snapdragon 460 are built on 11nm process.

The Snapdragon 460 also has the Qualcomm Spectra 340 ISP which enables the support for triple cameras. There’s the Snapdragon X11 LTE model underneath with download speeds up to 390 Mbps and uploads up to 150 Mbps.

As mentioned above, smartphones based on Snapdragon 720G are expected to be commercially available in Q1 2020, while the devices based on Snapdragon 662 and 460 are expected to be commercially available by the end of 2020.

Chakri is a go-to guy for your next smartphone recommendation. Back in his engineering days, he used to play with smartphones by installing custom ROMs and that passion got him into the tech industry. He still goes nuts about a smartphone knocking his door for review. Currently managing everything at Telecom Talk, Chakri is trying to master PUBG Mobile in his free time.

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Kiran Fernandes | Goa

S660 –> 600Mbps modem(3CA, 4×4 MIMO on 1 band)
S665 –> same as above
S662 –> 390Mbps modem(2CA, 256QAM on 1 band)

662 sucks. I bet it’ll still have A73-A53 combo, compared to 720G with A76-A55 combo.

462 is definitely an improvement in modem speed as well as processing speed, but don’t expect manufacturers to use the latest specs on the phone with this chip.

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Nikhil

Redmi 9 4GB+64GB version will be sold in India for 9000 with snapdragon 462.

S660 –> 600Mbps modem(3CA, 4×4 MIMO on 1 band)
S665 –> same as above
S662 –> 390Mbps modem(2CA, 256QAM on 1 band)

Not available in India and will never be avaible in India in Redmi Note series and Realme Pro series. So no use of talking this. I still feel Realme X2 is best bet according to me.

Krrish

865 855 730G and 730 only chips worth considering for 2020

765 is not mentioned because of inbuilt 5G and will not launch in India

Faraz

Processors in 2019-20 aren’t that bad. Hope companies start making full use of processor like giving Bluetooth 5.1 & 4G+/CA in Smartphones also otherwise no benefit of using these chipsets.

Nikhil

Forget 4G+/CA for India under 20000, for another two years.

Nikhil

Nobody will use snapdragon 730 now. Vivo might use snapdragon 730G in upcoming successor to Vivo Z1x. They should launch the same design with 64MP camera and snapdragon 730G under 20000-21000 for 6GB+128GB model. It will be superhit. Let’s see what Redmi Note 9 and Redmi Note 9 Pro brings to the table. Just a few days away from launch. Ideally it should be snapdragon 712 and snapdragon 730G. But it will be snapdragon 720G and 662.

5G will be launched in India by 2022 start.

Kaushik IMA

In 2020, Mediatek Helio P90 is a good choice too, except for gaming (mostly because PowerVR GPU still has issues with many games).

Nikhil

Only one device was launched with this chipset in India(if I am bit wrong). Realme should have used this chipset.

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