Specifically, six CPU cores are used in the “small” cluster, while only two high-end cores are used in the “large” cluster. The frugal cores use Qualcomm’s adapted version of the ARM Cortex-A55 architecture, referred to as the ” Kryo 300 Silver “, while the powerful cores use a customized version of the ARM Cortex-A75 architecture called the ” Kryo 300 Gold ” series.
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The low-end cores run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 with a maximum of 1.7 gigahertz (1708 MHz), while the high-end cores even reach 2.6 gigahertz (2611 MHz). As usual, the fuel-efficient cores will be used much more often and will do their job in a power-efficient manner, while the powerful cores are likely to be required above all by games and other demanding tasks.
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The CPU cores have a 32 kilobyte L1 cache, while there are 128 KB of L2 cache per cluster and another 1024 KB of L3 cache for the entire package. According to information, the graphics unit of the new chip is the Qualcomm Adreno 615, which operates at a standard clock speed of 430 or 650 megahertz, but can be clocked up to 700 MHz if required, thus effectively incorporating a turbo function.
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Other features include a Qualcomm Snapdragon X2x modem, which should again be able to provide downstream speeds of at least theoretically around one gigabit per second. In addition to UFS memory, eMMC 5.1 Flash will continue to be supported. Thanks to a specialized image processor, the GPU enables high-resolution cameras in a Dualcam configuration.
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It is not known yet how high the maximum resolution will be, but one of Qualcomm’s reference designs for the development of corresponding software on its hardware has 13 and 23-megapixel sensors, according to information from an export and import database. With the displays, WQHD resolutions of 2560×1440 pixels are no problem, although the exact possibilities are still open here.
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When Qualcomm will introduce the new chip is currently not known. A good opportunity would probably be the Mobile World Congress 2018 in late February in Barcelona. The launch of the first smartphones equipped with the new premium mid-range SoC is also likely to happen in the not-too-distant future.