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Qualcomm will reveal its new smartwatch platform on 10 September

09 August 2018

Qualcomm has just announced the Snapdragon 670, its mid-range successor to the Snapdragon 660 (found in the likes of the Nokia 7 Plus and BlackBerry Key2), and it sounds like an improvement in a lot of ways.

The Kryo 360 CPU has been selected to power the Snapdragon 670, which utilizes two cores of up to 2.0GHz and six "efficiency" cores capable of up to 1.7GHz. According to the manufacturer, the overall package will offer "twice the performance" of its Snapdragon 660 chip. The Adreno 615 GPU tags along. It supports displays with FHD+ resolution, as well as hi-fi audio and both 4K video capture and playback, complete with features like surround sound recording.

The Snapdragon X12 LTE modem is included here (first seen on the Snapdragon 820 chipset) as well as the Hexagon 685 DSP and the Spectra 250 ISP that can handle a 25-megapixel main camera or 16-megapixel dual cameras. Another upgrade comes from the QuickCharge4+ support (hint: the difference is the +), taking you from 0 to 50% battery in 15 minutes.

"Here at Qualcomm Technologies, we're developing breakthrough technologies that transform how the world connects and communicates, and the Snapdragon 670 Mobile Platform is no exception", gushed Qualcomm in its announcement. "Set your watches." It will not be a surprising move by the chipmaker, as Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC that now powers most of the Wear OS devices is getting quite old. On paper, the specs and features of the Snapdragon 670 are very similar to the higher-tiered Snapdragon 710.

Qualcomm will reveal its new smartwatch platform on 10 September