Published: Thu, April 11, 2019
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

Qualcomm's New Mobile Chip Promises To Cut Back On Annoying Gaming Hiccups

Qualcomm's New Mobile Chip Promises To Cut Back On Annoying Gaming Hiccups

Qualcomm says the 730 and the 730G are commercially ready, and it expects that the first devices will be available in the second quarter of this year.

The Snapdragon 730 will be the first system-on-chip in Qualcomm's 7 series to include a tensor accelerator.

AI seems to be the key selling point of the Snapdragon 730, which delivers intuitive image capture, exceptional gaming and optimized performance.

In the camera department, it features Qualcomm Spectra 350 ISP, which should help in taking better photos and videos. All three processors offer plenty of power, features, alongside new experiences in AI, gaming and camera. Moreover, there's support for 4K HDR videos with real-time Portrait Mode. This means that the chip will provide gamers with improved graphics and longer battery life. It also has support for Qualcomm's audio technologies called aptX and Aqstic. The difference is that the Snapdragon 730G overclocks the integrated Adreno 618 GPU, providing up to 15 percent faster GPU rendering.

On the connectivity front, it supports dual 4G VoLTE with dual standby, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, and Qualcomm X12 LTE modem with support for download speeds up to 600Mbps, and upload speeds up to 150Mbps.

Compared to the 710, which it is probably replacing, the Snapdragon 730 upgrades the two "big" CPU cores from Kryo 360 (based on ARM Cortex-A75) to Kryo 470 (Cortex-A76), while keeping the same maximum clock speed of 2.2 GHz.

The Snapdragon 665 also features Qualcomm's 3rd-generation AI engine.

But Cristiano Amon, Qualcomm's president and the chief of its chip division, said the San Diego company is taking a different approach by aiming to serve the smaller, simpler data centers that are proliferating around the world so that consumers can benefit from faster response times for their internet-connected apps.

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The Snapdragon 730G takes it one step further, addressing the "elite gamer".

This chipset comes with a Jank Reducer feature which apparently reduces jank or stuttering of games by 90 percent at games running at 30 fps. Even mobile gaming revenue has seen a growth from $56 billion in 2017 to $70 in 2018, and is expected to see a steady rise to $100 billion in 2021.

Qualcomm on Tuesday unveiled a new range of mobile processors for mid-range devices. Users will also be able to command the phone using Qualcomm's 4th-generation AI engine, the Hexagon 688.

In the SD665 the GPU has been upgraded from a Adreno 512 to an Adreno 610 which should provide a generational jump and supports Vulkan 1.1.

The Spectra 350 Dual 14-bit ISP that's used in the Snapdragon 730 chipset supports up to 192MP camera sensors. It's also adding capabilities to its processors to try to make them more efficient and better at making sense of the increasing flood of data created by phones and machines.

It also uses Spectra 160 ISP rather than the Snapdragon 670's Spectra 250 for image processing.

The regular Snapdragon 730 boasts gaming improvements in its own right - it supports True HDR, too, and it uses the same Adreno 618 GPU (though it's not overclocked as it is on the 730G).

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