It is almost time for Qualcomm to hold the annual Snapdragon summit again, as the company displays the details of the latest flagship processor that will appear in next year’s phones, and we all expect the Snapdragon 875 processor to be revealed this year, and there was also some ambiguity in the Snapdragon 875 Lite version of The main processor, which is claimed to be called (Snapdragon 870), which could be (Snapdragon 865 Plus) with a higher speed (3.2GHz or higher).
Regardless of what Qualcomm will show in December, (Snapdragon 870) or Snapdragon 875 Lite makes a lot of sense for the company and the smartphone industry in general.
Before we understand why the Snapdragon 875 Lite Edition makes sense, we first need to take a look at the current state of high-end silicone from Qualcomm.
(Snapdragon 865) represents a somewhat controversial entry in the history of Qualcomm chipsets. Sure, it has advantages like unlimited 960fps recording, 8K video recording, world-class graphics, and mmWave 5G at super fast speeds. But the biggest blow against the chipset was its price, as it was said to have made a significant increase compared to the Snapdragon 855 series of last year. In fact, (Xiaomi) says that the chipset and modem costs of the Mi 10 series have doubled compared to the Mi 9 last year.
As a result, we saw very few affordable flagship devices with the best Qualcomm chipset in 2020. While Samsung bucked the trend with the extremely competitive Galaxy S20 FE, we saw prices for many flagship phones rise. To name a few, the Xiaomi Mi 10, OnePlus 8, Poco F2 Pro and Realme X50 Pro were more expensive than their predecessors.
Between the reported cost of the Snapdragon 865 series and the use of the expensive mmWave 5G in some markets, and the lack of any true competitor silicone in the market, it’s no wonder we’ve seen so many brands go with mid-range silicon.
Some tests have shown that (Snapdragon 765G) is even weaker than the flagship Snapdragon 845 processor of 2018 when it comes to graphics performance. And those who hope to play energy-hungry or retro games via emulators in the best possible quality may be disappointed.
The gap in GPU power is particularly relevant in 2020 and will continue to be so in 2021 and beyond as high refresh rate monitors increase performance requirements.
Test results clearly show that the chipset is unable to run the most technically advanced software at more than 60 frames per second. In fact, the Pixel 5 in particular is under 30 frames per second in the Manhattan test.
Performance metrics aren’t directly related to daily performance, of course, and we expect better performance in web browsing, system navigation, and lightweight games on a phone like the Pixel 5 or OnePlus Nord.
However, this leads us to believe that many 3D games with high refresh rates will not lead to stable performance. Between PUBG Mobile, Fortnite, and other outstanding console / computer ports, you might have to settle for 60fps or even less in some titles.
So how do you bridge the GPU gap between the affordable 700 Series and the Premium 800 Series? This is where the Snapdragon 875 Lite can make a big difference.
What can Snapdragon 875 Lite bring to the table?
Snapdragon 875 Lite with GPU equivalent to Snapdragon 865 or maybe even 855/855 Plus could go a long way to ensuring that you actually see high frame rates when using a phone with a high refresh rate panel. But graphics performance is just one potential advantage among the many potential gains.
In addition to narrowing the GPU power gap between Snapdragon 765G and the flagship silicon, the Snapdragon 875 Lite processor with CPU can further advance its multimedia performance and connectivity capabilities.
Based on this model, the Snapdragon 875 Lite processor provides faster and better camera processing (such as HDR +), higher resolution multiple frame processing, faster application launch and load, higher-quality video options, and faster and more accurate augmented reality features such as face filters.
This will open the door to affordable flagship phones with true flagship power. Where expected 2021 phones like the Pixel 6 or LG Velvet 2 can stick at a cheaper price without sacrificing performance. And OEMs may not have to choose between needing to raise the price for elite performance or bargaining heavily over other areas such as display, storage, build quality, or camera experience.
However, there are some potential risks when developing a lite processor. Qualcomm will need to walk a fine line between performance, features and pricing. And the last thing anyone wants is a revamped Snapdragon 700 chipset at a higher price. And the inexpensive Snapdragon 875 Lite could tarnish the reputation of the Snapdragon 800 family. And we’ve already seen this in the laptop space, as low-power chips are adopting a top-tier brand in an effort to gain more sales.
Another risk is that Qualcomm will release a Lite processor that is physically identical to the main chipset but is much cheaper. This might be a huge gain for consumers but it is a problem for the chip maker, resulting in a loss of revenue for the company as OEMs adopt the Lite chip instead of the more expensive silicone.