Qualcomm has introduced the Snapdragon 675, a mid-range smartphone SoC with some high-end features. Most notable is the fact that the new Kryo 460 architecture is based on ARM's Cortex-A76 cores designed for flagship devices that have not yet penetrated a Qualcomm chip. (The first large SoC with A76 is Kirin 980 from Huawei.)
The Snapdragon 675 has two 2.0 GHz performance oriented cores alongside six 1.78 GHz cores designed for energy efficiency. By comparison, the current flagship Snapdragon 845 uses four 2.8GHz performance cores based on the Cortex-A75, so it will still be much faster. The 845 is also built on a 1
Apart from the cores, the Snapdragon 675 seems to be designed for the reality that high-end features are no longer reserved exclusively for the flagship phones. The new image signal processor has been developed with triple-camera setups, while certain titles have game enhancements that sound similar to Huawei's GPU Turbo optimizations. The 675 also includes Quick Charge 4+ support and a faster AI engine
Qualcomm expects the Snapdragon 675 to enter consumer phones in the first quarter of 2019, so do not be surprised if it looks like any new device has until then three cameras on the back.