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Qualcomm Chipset

There is a good chance that your latest smartphone or tablet has a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset inside it. A processor in mobile is known as a system on a chip (SoC). Qualcomm Technologies Inc. is one of the leading manufacturers for the mobile processor (SoC) and marketed its processor as Snapdragon.

Like computers, mobiles also require a processor for computation of the task. A processor is just like a digitally beating heart of mobile devices. A single SoC, Qualcomm Snapdragon, may include multiple CPU cores, a graphics processing unit, and a wireless modem. It also includes different software and hardware to support a smartphone’s global positioning system (GPS), camera, gesture recognition, and video. Mobile devices either Android or Windows has Snapdragon chipset embedded in it. They are also used for netbooks, wearable devices, modems, Wi-Fi chips, and mobile charging products.

What is Qualcomm Snapdragon Chipset Used for?

Snapdragon processors, a family of mobile system on a chip (SoC) are comprehensive all in one system. They are specifically designed to enable best-in-class mobile experience with all-day battery life. It enables efficient processing and multitasking. Snapdragon family has the world’s fastest mobile processors with (Snapdragon 855)7 nm technology.

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Blazing Fast 4G LTE and 5G Connections

These processors are for even uploads and downloads, smooth video and music streaming, crystal-clear voice calls, and quickly sharing photos with friends. If your mobile enclose with the processor of this family then you’ll love the connectivity of Snapdragon processors.

It also supports ultra-fast 4G and 5G LTE connections, indoor and outdoor navigation, and support the latest Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Efficient and Intelligent CPU Performance

The CPU in Snapdragon efficiently manages energy use and boost incredible speed to accomplish a task. It also smartly switches off when you don’t need it. This way it handles use of less power and you can go longer between charges.

Enjoy Superior Graphics and Dazzling Music

Enjoy the best sound of music, capture Ultra HD video and play it at home, or play a game with console-quality graphics in your hand.

Snapdragon processors support the superior camera, audio, video, and graphics. They have designed to facilitate clear voice calls, music, videos, and high graphics for games on the go.

Compare Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs

Almost all global models from LG, HTC, Sony, OnePlus, and even Samsung are using Snapdragon chipset. These chipsets can not only find in expensive flagship smartphones but also in mid-range and low-range devices. Qualcomm offers a whole portfolio of products built for handsets at various price points. These models are a bit different in their performance and features. Let’s have a look at how the company’s latest SoCs compare and which snapdragon processor is right for you?

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Qualcomm Snapdragon Chipset 800 Series

The Snapdragon chipset 800 series is the top tier of Qualcomm’s processors offering the best performance and feature set. These processors are inserted in the more expensive phones and tablets on the market such as HTC One M9, Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, and Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, Razor Phone 2, and Sony Xperia Z5.

Snapdragon 821

The 800 series of Qualcomm chipset is big and it is a flagship tier of the company. A few years ago, the company used to heavily customize its Kryo CPU cores inside the Snapdragon 821. Snapdragon 821 offers the latest features like quick charge 4, dual-SIM cellular modem supporting LTE cat 12/13.

Qualcomm’s 800 series also support True Wireless headphones. Therefore, it also showcases the company’s best heterogeneous compute and machine learning capabilities. It has accelerated various mathematical heavy algorithms like encoding its aptx Bluetooth codec by utilizing its Hexagon DSP to run 16- and 8-bit neural networks.

Snapdragon 835

Snapdragon 835 marketed by Qualcomm on November 17, 2016. It has notable features over its predecessors (821). Its CPU features are, 10 nm FinFET process, 4x 2.45GHZ Kryo 280 octa-core CPU, and GPU features are Adreno 540 graphics with support for Vulkan 1.0 Direct X 12.

Snapdragon 845

Snapdragon 845 announced on December 2017 by Qualcomm Inc. At the moment, it is the latest and greatest processor and featured in almost all top-end flagship devices on the market.

Snapdragon 845
CPU 4x 2.8GHz Kryo 385 (Cortex-A75)

4x 1.7GHz Kryo 385 (Cortex-A55)

GPU Adreno 630
DSP Hexagon 685 with HVX
Modem X20LTE 1200 Mbps down
Cameras 32MP single or 16MP dual
Quick Charge 4+
Bluetooth 5.0
Process 10nmLPP FinFET


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Snapdragon 855 and 8cx (2019)

Snapdragon 855 and 8cx (2019) will be in 5G smartphones and it was announced December 5, 2018. It is the Qualcomm’s first 7nm FinFET chipset.

Snapdragon 855
CPU 1+3+4 cores (2.84 GHz + 2.42 GHz + 1.80 GHz Kryo 485)
GPU Adreno 640
RAM LPDDR4X Quad-channel 16-bit 2133 MHZ
DSP Hexagon 690 4th generation with 7 TOPS, HVX
Modem X24LTE 2000 Mbps down
Cameras 32MP single or 20MP dual
Quick Charge 4+
Bluetooth 5.0
Process 10nmLPP FinFET


Snapdragon 8cx
CPU 4+4 cores (Kryo 495)
GPU Adreno 680
RAM LPDDR4X Quad-channel 16-bit 2133 MHZ
DSP Hexagon 690 4th generation with 7 TOPS, HVX
Modem X24LTE 2000 Mbps down
Cameras 32MP single or 20MP dual
Quick Charge 4+
Bluetooth 5.0
Process 10nmLPP FinFET


Samsung’s Exynos 9810 and Huawei Kirin 980 and 970 are comparable chips to the Snapdragon 845 from Qualcomm.

Mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 Series

It covers the snapdragon tier above the 400 tier but below the 800 tier. Qualcomm explains that users experience advance camera, multichannel audio, and 4K Ultra HD video capture with snapdragon 600 series processors fitted smartphones and tablets.

The Snapdragon 610, 615, and 616 are all chips from 2014 and the Snapdragon 617, 618 and 620 are all 2015 chips with features such as the X8 LTE modem, Adreno 510 graphics, Quick Charging 3.0 and are either Hexa or octa-core.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Series

You will find this chipset in entry-level devices such as budget smartphones and smartwatches. In addition, they design to support cutting-edge camera technologies, Full HD displays and high-fidelity audio.

Its prime features are Adreno 306 GPU, Cat 4 4GLTE and quad-core. It supports the 13MP camera. The most recent is the Snapdragon 430 featuring Quick Charge 3.0, Adreno 505 and the X6 LTE modem.

Low-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 Series

The low-end 200 tier of Snapdragon processors design to allow exceptional performance while switching and navigating between apps. It’s a processor for the 3G- only models and for even cheaper versions of budget phones.

It does not support 4G LTE. The Snapdragon 212 boost up the processor speeds up 1.3 GHz. It is present in HTC Desire 520 and Microsoft Lumia 550.