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Following up its Snapdragon Wear 2100 announcement, Qualcomm has introduced three new low/mid-tier processors to power the next wave of affordable smartphones. The latest additions are the Snapdragon 625, 435 and 425, and all include a notable improvement on previous generation SoCs.

All three of the new processors support LTE with carrier aggregation, 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO, dual camera ISPs and the Qualcomm Hexagon DSP for more efficient audio and sensor performance and monitoring. They also support all of Android 6.0 Marshmallow‘s sensor requirements and Quick-Charge technology.

While still mid-range, the Snapdragon 625 is clearly the most high-end of the three chips announced today. Its biggest improvement, according to Qualcomm, is the much longer battery life. The chip-maker claims users should see 35% lower power usage from the SD625 compared with the 617. As an example, if your current 600-series smartphone gets you from 6am to 6pm, the 625 would get it past midnight on a full charge.

In addition to better battery performance, Qualcomm’s latest 600-series processor has 4K video recording support, can handle up to 24MP image capture and has better graphics performance during gaming. It’s also the first 14nm FinFet process-based 600-series chip.

Qualcomm expects smartphones to start adopting the new processors from the second half of this year. In other words: Any mid or low-end phones released from September onwards should feature one of these new chips.

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