What happens when a couple of your best processors get lost in the world of model numbers with a few chipsets that aren’t so cutting edge? You “reposition” them with new model numbers. Meet the Snapdragon 650 and Snapdragon 652 from Qualcomm, the artists formerly known as the Snapdragon 618 and 620 respectively.
In an effort to “reflect advanced performance” that these two processors are capable of, Qualcomm has decided to change the model numbers. Qualcomm points out that features like 4K Ultra HD video recording, high-resolution still photography, and advanced 4G LTE capabilities were things that the 618 and 620 chips handled much better than its brethren in the 600 series of chips.
Because of this, Qualcomm felt the need to distinguish these two chips with a higher position within the Snapdragon 600 tier.
We’ve been developing the Snapdragon 652 and Snapdragon 650 processors over the last 12 months, and the superior capabilities and performance positions them well above other processors in this tier.
Not that end consumers outside of readers who you find here at Droid Life would notice much, but in case you hear about a Snapdragon 650 and 652 chip and think, “did they announce something new?,” don’t fret. It’s the same processors, but with a new name.