Qualcomm's mid-range Snapdragon 660 is arriving next week

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625 turned out to be a very capable processor, and the company is all set to introduce its mid-range chipset for 2017. According to media invites sent out to Chinese media, the Snapdragon 660 will be unveiled in the country on May 9.

Based on recent leaks, the Snapdragon 660 will be manufactured on a 14nm node like last year's Snapdragon 625 and not the newer 10nm node that the Snapdragon 835 is based on. The chipset is rumored with four Cortex A73 cores clocked at 2.2GHz along with four 1.9GHz Cortex A53 cores. Also included is an Adreno 512 GPU, X10 LTE modem, support for UFS 2.1 flash storage, dual-channel LPDDR4X RAM modules clocked up to 1866MHz, and Quick Charge 4.0.

The SoC is expected to go into mass production sometime later this quarter, and is likely to power upcoming phones from Xiaomi, OPPO, Vivo, and Nokia. With the announcement just under a week away, we don't have to wait long to find out what's new with the Snapdragon 660.

Harish Jonnalagadda
Senior Editor - Asia

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

  • Would have been nicer to see A73s and A35s, but I guess we can deal with a53s
  • Can't wait to see the battery life with the 660!
  • I'd guess a bit better than the 820, but won't touch the 625's legendary efficiency.
  • A bit better? No its gonna have vastly better performance than the snapdragon 820 and its gonna be just as efficient as the 625. What made the 625 so efficient was that it was made on the 14 nm soc and the 660 will also be made on the same 14 nm soc so it'll be just as efficient, if not more
  • 820 is also 14nm 660 has cortex a7x cores, which are less efficient than the 625's all a53 config
  • Nice!
  • I don't know why the 625 is mentioned in the article with no mention of the 652. The 625 is succeeded by the 626. The 660 is the successor to the 652. So don't compare it to the 625, as it won't make much sense. The 660 is for performance, while the 625 was for efficiency, as is its successor, the 626.
  • Yes, you are write!!
  • Right
  • 626 was succeeded by 630, though not a vast improvement like it would be in this case. Maybe next year we'll have 63x which will be manufactured on 10nm process.
  • Quick Charge 4.0 - HAHAHA lawd these 'upgrades' are so convenient - this is fun knee.....people don't believe the HYPE keep your Palm Pre and HTC Touch Pro 2
  • What the **** is Qualcomm doing with their numbering scheme? ******* maniacs.