Comparing Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 vs Snapdragon 675

Snapdragon 660 vs Snapdragon 675

Today’s comparison review pits Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 vs Snapdragon 675 in a battle of display support, performance, manufacturing process, charging technique, among other criteria.  The Snapdragon 660 took the world of smartphones by storm with its debut around 2 years ago as the first non-flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon processor to offer custom Kryo cores, which are offered otherwise in powerful chips, such as the Snapdragon 845. While the Snapdragon 636 engineered with Kryo cores launched a couple of months down the line, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 kept getting the most attention and commendation with its performance.

The Snapdragon 675 made a debut in October 2018 in the mid-range processor series, coming as a sequel to the Snapdragon 670. US-based Qualcomm says the Snapdragon 675 processor focuses on 3 primary areas: AI, photography as well as gaming. It also features the 4th-gen Kryo cores.

So, is the newly released Snapdragon 675 a better upgrade over the widely acclaimed Snapdragon 660 processor? We’re about to find out. But before we do this, it is apposite that we take a quick comparative look at the major specs of both processors.

Snapdragon 660 vs Snapdragon 675 — Key Specs


Snapdragon 675

Snapdragon 660


10 nm

14 nm

CPU Architecture




8x Kryo 460 CPU up to 2.2 GHz

8x Kryo 260 CPU up to 2.2 GHz


Adreno 612 GPU

Adreno 512 GPU

Display Support

Up to 10 bit, FHD+



Qualcomm Spectra 250L ISP; Single Camera up to 25 MP; Dual Camera up to 16 MP

Dual Qualcomm Spectra 160 ISP up to 24MP and 16MP

Charging Technique

Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+

Qualcomm Quick Charge 4


X12 LTE modem

X12 LTE modem


Snapdragon 660 vs Snapdragon 675 — Performance

Most times, the mid-range processors such as the Snapdragon 636 and 660 are made with the 14nm LPP FinFET process of Samsung. Today, mobile processors are opting for smaller process nodes to bring about better power efficiency, and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 also tows this same path. It adopts the innovative 11nm manufacturing process of Samsung.

The novel 11LPP manufacturing process — based upon the 10nm Back End of Line (or BEOL) of Samsung — interconnect, resulting in smaller chips and borrowing capabilities from the 14nm nodes.

Focusing on numbers, the 11LPP process offers as much as 15 percent higher performance and simultaneously bringing about a reduction in the area by 10 percent.

As regards the CPU architecture, the Snapdragon 660 has 4 semi-custom ARM Cortex-A73 performance cores that clock at 2.2GHz as well as 4 Cortex-A53 efficiency cores, whose clock speed maxes out at 1.7GHz.

Snapdragon 660 vs Snapdragon 675 — The Lens

Owing to the fact the triple camera setup is emerging as the new norm, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 will allow the smartphone to be able to operate 3 concurrent cameras at the front section as well as 3 at the phone rear. Furthermore, it provides the option of saving 5X telephoto, super wide-angle, and 2.5X wide-angle captures.

Also, the Snapdragon 675 bundles the Qualcomm Spectra 250L ISP, optimized for capturing details in crystal-clear color, and it has the ability to support up to a 25-MP camera. It supports a dual camera that is as much as 16MP, single camera that is as much as 25MP, coupled with snapshots taken at 48MP.

On the other hand, the Snapdragon 660 can support just a two-camera gig. It is capable of supporting single lenses that are as much as 25MP as well as dual camera modules that are as much as 16MP. Also, the Qualcomm Clear Sight and Qualcomm Spectra 160 ISP are great for capturing vivid pictures with reduced noise plus accurate color reproduction.

Apart from these specs, there are many other factors that affect the photo quality as the final output. Some of these are the tweaks as well as optimizations that are featured in the camera application by the phone maker.

Snapdragon 660 vs Snapdragon 675 — Connectivity and Charging Options

It is quite surprising that Qualcomm chose to equip the old X12 LTE modem in the newly launched Snapdragon 675 processor too because the Snapdragon 660 equally has this same radio. This modem is able to deliver download speeds that hit a maximum of 600 Mb/s as well as upload speeds that max out at 150 Mb/s.

The Snapdragon 675 has Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4+, whereas its Snapdragon 660 counterpart does bundle Quick Charge 4.

Final Verdict

The Snapdragon 675 can safely be regarded as a worthy iteration in the 600-family of processors. It arrives with a lot of improvements, such as a novel and enhanced heart, a comparatively faster charging technique. In light of these, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 chipset appears to be a worthy upgrade over the popular Snapdragon 660.


Posted by Deji

Deji is a freelance writer and Physics graduate from the University of Ibadan. Passionate and meticulous, he is a keen follower of developments around the world on a number of issues ranging from science, tech, history, politics, among others. Deji loves playing football and meeting people. Please, follow on Twitter and Facebook

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