Qualcomm unveils the Snapdragon 678 SoC with upgraded camera features and more

Qualcomm today announced its next-generation mid-range chipset in the form of the Snapdragon 678. The new mobile platform succeeds the Snapdragon 675, promising a camera upgrade, immersive entertainment experiences, and enhanced streaming features for affordable mobile devices.

The Snapdragon 678 combines a Kryo 460 CPU clocked at up to 2.2 GHz with the Adreno 612 GPU. It also packs the Spectra 250L image signal processor for an improved level of photography and videography performance for cheaper handsets. The chipset supports triple camera photos at up to 48MP, portrait mode, and laser autofocus. For videos, it brings support for 4K video capture, slo-mo recording, 5x optical zoom, and dual-camera support up to 16MP.

For gaming, the Snapdragon 678 supports Unity, Messiah, NeoX, and Unreal Engine 4. It features faster graphics rendering with high frame rates, courtesy of the Kryo 460 CPU and Adreno 612 GPU.

There's no support for 5G, however. Instead, the chipset uses the Snapdragon X12 LTE modem with support for up to 600Mbps of download speeds and up to 150Mbps of uploads. Connectivity-wise, the chipset features support for 802.11ac Wave 2, 802.11a/b/g, and 802.11n with spectral bands of 2.4GHz and 5GHz. It also supports Bluetooth 5.0 and Quick Charge 4+ fast charging.

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