Snapdragon 662 processor for an Android Headunit

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 processor has made its way into some android headunits. These new processors are of an unknown quantity and come with many questions.

Is the Snapdragon 662 a good processor to run an Android Head Unit?

Yes, it is a modern and fast processor for use in an Android Headunit

Is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 a QuadCore?

No, the Snapdragon 662 is an Octacore. Having 8 cores it is double that of a quadcore.

Would a Snapdragon 662 based android headunit be a good buy?

Yes, with other factors to consider. The Snapdragon 662 is a fast processor for an android headunit and is considered a good buying choice.

Can I get a Double DIN Snapdragon 662 Android Head unit?

Yes, there are large screen double DIN android head units with the Snapdragon 662 processor.

Can I get a Snapdragon 662 Single DIN Android Head unit?

Yes, the are some nice large screen format android headunits with the Snapdragon 662 processor

Can you get an Android Head Unit with 8Gb RAM?

Yes, look for the Snapdragon 662 for an Android Head Unit with 8Gb RAM fitted.


Snapdragon 662

Snapdragon 662 is a ‘mid-range’ 64-bit ARM SoC.

  • The snapdragon 662 is an Octacore processor
  • It is made from four Kryo 260 Silver high-efficiency cores with a clock speed of 1.8 GHz
  • Coupled to four high-performance Kryo 260 Gold operating at 2 GHz
  • The Kryo Silver and Gold cores are in the big.LITTLE configuration

Snapdragon 662

Snapdragon 662 is an Octacore Processor based on 4 ARM Cortex A-53 and 4 ARM Cortex A-73 cores

Gold and Silver

The two different ARM Cortex cores used in the Snapdragon 662 are called Kryo 260 Silver and Kryo 260 Gold. This naming convention sounds much more pleasing to the consumers then the usual A53 or A73 code names. The cores are still ARM Cortex but they are fast, current versions of these cores. With 8 of them packed in and running at around 2Ghz it provides a very respectable android headunit experience.

RAM

Maximum (and expected RAM) configuration for the Snapdragon 662 is a huge 8Gb
RAM memory is dual channel mode LPDDR4X-3733 running at 1866 Mhz.
Due to the advanced 64bit cores used to make the Snapdragon 662 the accessible RAM has increased substantially over the early design quadcores. Having more RAM in your android headunit helps the apps load and switch more smoothly. Overall responsiveness and reactions are increased with more than 2Gb RAM. Having 8Gb RAM will help to future proof the android head unit.

Graphics

Graphics core is the Adreno 610 supporting

  • DirectX 12
  • OpenCL 2.0
  • OpenGL ES 3.2
  • Vulkan 1.1

Audio

The Snapdragon includes the Qualcomm Aqstic audio codec and speaker amplifier with;

  • Native DSD support, PCM up to 384 kHz/32-bit
  • Support for two wake words simultaneously for voice assistant
  • aptX audio playback with support for aptX Classic and HD

GPS

Snapdragon 662 has modern global phone GPS roots and the specifications show some intresting features.

GPS, Glonass, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS, and SBAS
Low Power Geofencing and Tracking
Sensor-assisted Navigation

Ground breaking SoC processor

Ground breaking in terms of an android head unit. Don’t let the ‘mid-range’ moniker put you off. When it comes to android head units the Snapdragon 662 is cutting edge. The Chinese android headunits are always several steps behind the high end phone chips in terms of speed. But with this snapdragon processing power is taking bold steps forward. Unlike the overly poular 8227L_demo with its QuadCores is firmly stuck in 2014! The Snapdragon 662 is a 2020 production! That is not just a world away, it is two different galaxies.

Future Proofing

When we mention ‘future proofing’ your android headunit, the Snapdragon 662 is a shining example of this operation. The 8Gb RAM is going to stay current for many years to come and puts the 1Gb and 2Gb based android headunits to shame. Not only is there much more RAM, the RAM used is so much quicker. This makes for a more fluid android headunit experience when coupled with a modern SoC processor. No need for fakery, as the Snapdragon 662 is based in 2020 android versions. No hacked android 4.4 required to make it run. The Snapdragon 662 will run current and later versions of android well. It even naively processes ‘wake words’ for in car voice assistants, and has some heavy duty AI processing cores not seen in android head units previously.

Availability of the Snapdragon 662 Head Units

There are some very nice examples of the 8Gb Snapdragon 662 based android headunits with an impressive 11.6″ display. The Single DIN 662 and double DIN 662 android headunit is available here (AliExpress).

snapdragon 662 android head unit
Prime example of a double DIN android head unit with 8Gb RAM and the Snapdragon 662 processor.

Custom fit Snapdragon 662 is available

Snapdragon 662 custom fit BMW android headunit
Typical custom fit Snapdragon 662 based android headunit (on ALi) with 8Gb RAM for some BMW models.
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