Qualcomm has announced a new 675 platform for incoming mid-range phones – or upper mid-range, to be exact. New handsets featuring the hardware will become available in the early part of 2019

With a focus on gaming, Qualcomm says the new hardware should enable mobile games to launch around 30 percent faster and run at faster frame rates with prioritised connectivity and punchier audio.

In fact, Qualcomm enlisted help from game engines like Unity and Unreal Engine 4 as well as developers of titles like Honor of Kings, PUBG and Knives Out to ensure compatibility and work on issues found with its earlier technology.

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The move comes after a general rise in gaming phone availability with Honor Play and the new Razor 2 phone to name but two.

But the new 675 hardware is, says, Qualcomm built on two other ‘tenets’ as well as gaming: cameras and AI.

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The platform will also support triple camera setups with 5x telephoto, 2.5x wide-angle and super wide-angle lenses. The camera hardware will support up to 480fps slo-mo (at 720p) and portrait mode, too, as well as face unlock on the front cameras.

The face unlock works up to three times faster than the Snapdragon 670 used in some devices from Oppo and Vivo.  As you’d expect, Quick Charge is also supported.

Snapdragon 675 is also said to be up to 35 percent faster for web browsing than the predecessor hardware, too.

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