Qualcomm Snapdragon 678 processor with Spectra 250L ISP technology launched

Snapdragon 678 comes with Qualcomm Kryo 460 CPU core and Qualcomm’s Adreno 612 GPU.

Qualcomm announced in a blog post about the launch of its new processor– Qualcomm Snapdragon 678. The new processor that comes with improvements is the follow-up to the Snapdragon 675 that launched in October 2018.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 678 is an octa-core processor that is based on an 11nm process. Smartphones with this processor will experience greater performance, better photo-video quality and much more.

“We are uniquely positioned to support OEMs in delivering the next generation of devices with in-demand features and performance,” said Kedar Kondap, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc, in the blog.

The processor is developed keeping in mind the mid-range. It is equipped with Qualcomm’s own Spectra 250L ISP technology.

“Snapdragon 678 brings advanced mobile capabilities for daily entertainment at lightning-fast speeds over reliable connections and long-lasting battery life for consumers worldwide,” he added

Snapdragon 678: Features and Specifications

Qualcomm Snapdragon 678 is powered with Kyro 460 CPU which gives it a clock speed of up to 2.2Ghz, this makes it better than its predecessor.  Snapdragon 678 is equipped with Adreno 612 GPU graphic support, just similar Snapdragon 675. “Drive faster graphics rendering, allowing for sharp, life-like visuals at high frame rates with fewer frame drops,” Qualcomm says commenting on it.

Snapdragon 678’s supported displays come with full-HD+ (1,080×2,520 pixels) resolution with up to 10-bit colour depth. If connected to an external display, the processor can support up to 4K Ultra HD resolution. With its Qualcomm Spectra 250L image signal processor, the SoC is capable of handling dual-camera setups up to 16-megapixel and single cameras up to 48-megapixel. It can also record 4K video at 30fps, 1080p video at up to 120fps, and 720p video at up to 240fps.

Coming to Qualcomm Snapdragon 678’s connectivity – it comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon X12 LTE modem. This can deliver a peak download speed of 600Mbps and upload speed of 150Mbps. The processor supports dual-SIM Dual VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac Wave 2, 802.11a/b/g, 802.11n, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, Beidou, Galileo, GLONASS, GPS, QZSS, and SBAS.

One also gets USB 3.1 support with USB Type-C interface and support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ technology. For the audio Snapdragon 678 comes with Qualcomm TrueWireless Stereo Plus technology, Qualcomm Aqstic audio technology, and Qualcomm aptX audio technology.

Qualcomm® Artificial Intelligence (AI) Engine AIE GPU: Qualcomm® Adreno™ 612 GPU

AIE CPU: Qualcomm® Kryo™ 460 CPU

Hexagon Processor: Qualcomm® Hexagon™ 685 DSP

GPU GPU Name: Qualcomm® Adreno™ 612 GPU
Display Max On-Device Display: FHD+

Max External Display: 4K Ultra HD

Display Pixels: 2520×1080

Colour Depth: Up to 10-bit

CPU CPU Clock Speed: Up to 2.2 GHz

CPU Cores: Qualcomm® Kryo™ 460 CPU, Octa-core CPU

CPU Architecture: 64-bit

Process Process Technology: 11 nm
Cellular Modem Modem Name: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X12 LTE modem

Peak Download Speed: 600 Mbps

Peak Upload Speed: 150 Mbps

Downlink Carrier Aggregation: 3×20 MHz carrier aggregation

Uplink Carrier Aggregation: 2×20 MHz carrier aggregation

Downlink LTE Category: LTE Category 12

Uplink LTE Category: LTE Category 13

Multi-SIM: Dual SIM Dual VoLTE (DSDV)

Downlink QAM: Up to 256-QAM

Uplink QAM: Up to 64-QAM

Calling Services: VoLTE with SRVCC to 3G and 2G, Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) with LTE call continuity, HD and Ultra HD Voice (EVS)


Wi-Fi Wi-Fi Standards: 802.11ac Wave 2, 802.11a/b/g, 802.11n

Wi-Fi Spectral Bands: 2.4GHz, 5GHz

Peak Speed: 867 Mbps

Channel Utilization: 20/40/80/160 MHz

MIMO Configuration: 1×1 (1-stream)

Peak QAM: 256 QAM

Wi-Fi Features: MU-MIMO, LTE/Wi-Fi antenna sharing, integrated baseband

Bluetooth Bluetooth Version: Bluetooth 5.0

Bluetooth Speed: 2 Mbps

NFC Near Field Communications: Supported
Location Satellite Systems Support: Beidou, Galileo, GLONASS, GPS, QZSS, SBAS
RF RFFE: High-power transmit (HPUE), Qualcomm® Adaptive Antenna Tuning
USB USB Version: USB 3.1, USB-C
DSP DSP Technology: Sensor low-power island (LPI), Qualcomm® Hexagon™ 685 DSP, Qualcomm® Hexagon™ Vector Processor, Qualcomm® Hexagon™ Vector eXtensions (HVX)
Camera Image Signal Processor: Qualcomm Spectra™ 250L image signal processor, 14-bit, 2x Image Signal Processor (ISP)

Dual Camera, MFNR, ZSL, 30fps: Up to 16 MP

Single Camera, MFNR, ZSL, 30fps: Up to 25 MP

Single Camera, MFNR: Up to 48 MP

Single Camera: Up to 192 MP

Camera Features: Accelerated Electronic Image Stabilization

Video Capture (30 FPS): 4 K Ultra HD video captures

Slow Motion Video Capture: 1080p @ 120 FPS, 720p @ 240 FPS

Video Capture Formats: HEVC

Video Video Playback: Up to 4K Ultra HD video playback

Codec Support: H.265 (HEVC), H.264 (AVC), VP8, VP9

Video Software: Motion Compensated Temporal Filtering (MCTF)

General Audio Audio Technology: Qualcomm TrueWireless™ Stereo Plus technology, Qualcomm Aqstic™ audio technology, Qualcomm® aptX™ audio technology

Qualcomm Aqstic™ technology: Qualcomm Aqstic™ audio codec, Qualcomm Aqstic™ speaker amplifier with Speaker Protection

Qualcomm® aptX™ audio playback support: Qualcomm® aptX™, Qualcomm® aptX™ HD, Qualcomm® aptX™ Adaptive

Audio Playback Playback Dynamic Range: 130dB

Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise (THD+N), Playback: -109dB

Sampling, Playback: 44.1kHz

PCM, Playback: Up to 192kHz/24bit

Amplifier output power: Up to 4W

Speaker protection: Speaker protection

Audio Recording Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise (THD+N), Record: -103dB

Sampling, Record: Up to 192kHz/24bit

Recording Dynamic range: 109dB

Power Consumption Audio playback: 26mW for high-performance mode

Low power voice activation: 0.65mA

Charging Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ Technology Support: Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 4+ technology
Security Support Security Features: Qualcomm® Content Protection, Qualcomm® Mobile Security, Qualcomm® Processor Security



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