Qualcomm Could Be Releasing a Snapdragon 652 SoC Refresh


Snapdragon 652 might not be the most efficient chipset released by Qualcomm, but its efficacy in securing the mid-ranged chipset spot and replacing the dreaded the Snapdragon 615 is something worth mentioning. We understand that majority of it has to do with the performance of the Cortex-A72 cores, but now, it appears that the largest SoC manufacturer for smartphones and tablets could be looking to release another Snapdragon 652, and we have a few guesses where the improvements will be focused on.

Snapdragon 652 Listed on Zauba Shows a Higher Clock Speed and Support for More RAM

The part number (detailed in the image given below) clearly shows the numbers 8976, but there are more interesting details that might be worth investigating. There have been higher clock speeds mentioned, and while they might not provide a monumental difference between the original processor clock speeds of the Snapdragon 652, it could suggest that the SoC will be manufactured on a smaller node; perhaps the 16nm FinFET one. A smaller manufacturing process will ensure that the processor’s clock speed can be increased while retaining its temperature limit, thus adding more performance to the handset.

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The Adreno 510 GPU is also running at a slightly higher clock speed, which once again suggests what the company might be up to. The original Snapdragon 652’s Adreno 510 runs at a speed of 550MHz, while the upgraded variant could be clocked in at 621MHz. While the part number is the same one that matches with the Snapdragon 652, Qualcomm might assign a different model name in order to avoid confusion. If you want to get to know additional details of the SoC, we have provided a brief summary for you below.


Snapdragon 652 specifications


  • CPU Clock Speed: Up to 1.8GHz octa-core (4 x ARM Cortex-A72 and 4 x ARM Cortex-A53)
  • CPU Bit Architecture: 64-bit
  • Process technology: 28nm
  • GPU name: Qualcomm Adreno 510 GPU running at 550MHz


  • Megapixel Support: Up to 21 MP camera
  • 2 x Image Sensor Processor (ISP)
  • Camera Features
  • Zero Shutter Lag


  • Up to 4K Ultra HD video capture at 30FPS
  • Up to 1080p video capture at120 FPS
  • Video Playback
  • Up to 4K Ultra HD video playback

LTE details

  • LTE Category 7
  • Downlink features: 2 x 20MHz carrier aggregation
  • Uplink features: 2x20 MHz carrier aggregation
  • Peak Download Speed: 300Mbps
  • Peak Upload Speed: 100Mbps

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