Qualcomm have officially announced the successor to the Snapdragon 710 which was launch last year as an upper mid-range model focussed on the Asian market.

Some of the phones that featured the Snapdragon 710 include the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE, Nokia 8.1, Xiaomi Mi Max 3 and the OPPO R17 Pro.

Since then the Snapdragon 675 has been launched and this outperforms the 710 in many areas including the CPU. So it comes as no surprise that the next iteration of the 700 series has been launched, however the differences between the two chips is minimal.

Just like the 710, the 712 is built on a 10-nm process and the sophisticated, multicore Qualcomm AI Engine, consisting of the Qualcomm Kryo 360 CPU, Qualcomm Adreno 616 GPU, and the Qualcomm Hexagon 685 DSP. Snapdragon 712 provides up to a 10 percent increase in performance over Snapdragon 710, providing elevated multimedia and other mobile experiences that are as technologically advanced as they are efficient and affordable.

The actual differences between the two chips is minimal though. The performance increase is from the Kryo 360 cores now running at 2.3 GHz compared to 2.2 GHz.

However, the Qualcomm announcement isnt clear about the specific layout of the CPU stating that the CPU clock speed is running at up to 2.3 GHz compared to up to 2.2 GHz.

The 710 version was laid out as two Kryo 360 Gold high performance cores running at 2.2Ghz which are based on Cortex-A75 and six Kryo 360 Silver based on Cortex-A55 running at 1.7 GHz. So it is likely this new chip will have a similar layout

The 712 also brings Quick Charge 4+ instead of Quick Charge 4 and better Bluetooth audio, thanks to the TrueWireless Stereo Plus and Broadcast Audio technologies.

The Snapdragon 712 keeps the Adreno 616 GPU and the Hexagon 685 DSP, as well as most of the other specs. The modem remains a Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X15 that supports LTE Cat.15 downlink and Cat.13 uplink, reaching peak speeds of 800 Mbps and 150 Mbps, respectively. Camera support stays at up to 20 MP dual camera or 32 MP single shooter with the same Spectra 250 ISP.

 Qualcomm Snapdragon 675Snapdragon 710Snapdragon 712
Process11nm LPP10nm LPP10nm LPP
CPU CoresOcta-Core, 64-bitOcta-Core, 64-bitOcta-Core, 64-bit
CPU2x Kryo 460 (CA76)2x Kryo 360 (CA75)8 x Kryo 360
@ 2.0GHz@ 2.2GHz upto 2.3GHz
6x Kryo 460 (CA55)6x Kryo 360 (CA55)(probably the same design as 710)
@ 1.8GHz@ 1.7GHz
GPUAdreno 612Adreno 616Adreno 616
RAMMax 8GB LPDDR4Max 8GB LPDDR4?
CameraSpectra 250 ISPspectra 250 ISPspectra 250 ISP
triple-camera support32MP single / 20MP dual32MP single / 20MP dual
Video Encode/Decode2160p30, 1080p1202160p30, 1080p120
H.264 & H.265H.264 & H.265H.264 & H.265