The way Qualcomm brands its chipsets, it’s obvious that the company’s 800-series is its highest-end offering. Then there are also lower-end offerings in the 200 and 400 series, and there is also the 600-series which is meant to represent the middle. Qualcomm later blurred the lines when they unveiled the 700-series, which they have since updated with a new model in the form of the Snapdragon 712.
For the most part the Snapdragon 712 will share similar specs to the Snapdragon 710, so this is a minor upgrade at best. It will still feature eight of Qualcomm’s Kyro cores, except that instead of being clocked at 2.2GHz, they will be marginally faster with clock speeds of 2.3GHz. It will continue to be based on the 10nm FitFET process, and will also be sticking with the Adreno 616 GPU.
In addition to slightly faster clock speeds, the Snapdragon 712 will feature Quick Charge 4+ versus Quick Charge 4 on the Snapdragon 710. This will help users charge their phones quickly in a short period of time, where theoretically you should be able to bring a phone from 0% to 50% in just 15 minutes.
Unfortunately, the Snapdragon 712 will not be supporting 5G yet so we probably shouldn’t expect to see any mid-range 5G smartphones in the near future. If you’re fine with LTE at the moment, then the chipset will continue to use the Snapdragon X15 that supports LTE Cat.15 downlink, and Cat.13 uplink with speeds of up to 800Mbps and 150Mbps respectively.