Qualcomm has introduced two new mid-range SoCs – Snapdragon 617 and Snapdragon 430.
The Snapdragon 430 is an octa-core Cortex-A53 chipset, with a clock speed of 1.2GHz. Graphics are taken care of by the new Adreno 505 GPU. It comes with a new dual Image Signal Processors (ISP), with support for up to 21MP rear cameras. Another key highlight is the new Quick Charge 3.0 technology, claimed to charge your smartphone up to 80% in just 30 minutes. Connectivity wise, the chip comes with X6 integrated LTE modem, supporting Cat.4 LTE download speeds up to 150 Mbps, and 2x10MHz Carrier Aggregation (CA). Upload speeds go up to 75 Mbps (Cat.5).
The Snapdragon 617 is the higher end chip with the same octa-core Cortex-A53 setup. It does come with a higher clock speed though, 1.5GHz compared to 1.2GHz on the Snapdragon 430. It supports all the features of the Snapdragon 430 but adds the X8 LTE model, capable of supporting Cat.7 download speeds up to 300 Mbps, and upload speeds up to 100Mbps.
Devices powered by the Snapdragon 617 are expected to arrive soon, while Snapdragon 430 powered devices will only become available by Q2 2016.