By incorporating key AI capabilities and performance advancements, the Snapdragon 710 is created to transform our customers products into the ultimate personal assistant, enhancing critical everyday consumer experiences, such as high-end camera features that will benefit from on-device high-speed AI processing, without sacrificing battery life."-Kedar Kondap, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc". The 710 is the company's latest chipset in the upper mid-range market of smart devices, succeeding the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 found on devices such as the Xiaomi Mi Note 3, Xiaomi Mi 6X, and BQ Aquaris X2 Pro.
The new Snapdragon 710 is built using the 10nm Samsung process, the same one that Qualcomm also uses for the Snapdragon 710. Likewise, the 710 is Qualcomm's first offering with 4K HDR playback outside of the 800-tier models.
Chipmaker Qualcomm recently introduced a new mobile processor created to bridge the performance and feature gap between the mid-range Snapdragon 600 series and the higher-end 800 series.
The US chipmaker said on Thursday that the Snapdragon 710 "is designed with highly efficient architectures for artificial intelligence, featuring a multi-core AI Engine and neural network processing capabilities".
- Custom AI function that according to Qualcomm offers up to 2X performance boost in AI processing on the phones compared to the Snapdragon 600 series processor.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 system-on-chip is available today for Qualcomm's partners and will be shipping on devices in the second quarter of 2018.
The Snapdragon 660, even with all the power that it had to offer, was used only by a handful of OEMs which was a shame given its capabilities.
Battery: The chipset offers Qualcomm's Quick Charge 4+ technology, though it should be noted that the manufacturer must license the technology from Qualcomm to activate it on their devices. The Snapdragon 710 should perform much better compared to the 660 in everyday tasks (20% better is what Qualcomm claims) while at the same time reducing battery consumption. It also includes noise reduction and image stabilization for low-light photography. The AI Engine allows for deep portrait mode effects and facial recognition with "active depth sensing". It is part of the Snapdragon 700 series that was announced past year. It also features Qualcomm TrueWireless Stereo Plus to support wire-free listening experiences without wires between the left and right earbuds.
Perhaps more important for the average phone user is the Spectra 250 ISP, which brings the mid-range closer than ever to the same superlative image processing of the Snapdragon 845.