Qualcomm at Mobile World Congress (MWC) Shanghai 2017 launched the latest processor from its Snapdragon 400 series, the Snapdragon 450. While the previous chipsets from the Snapdragon 400 lineup were manufactured on a 28nm process, the new Snapdragon 450 is the first in its lineup to be fabricated on a 14nm FinFET technology.
The new mobile platform is catered to mid-range smartphones and tablets and is designed to deliver better performance, efficiency and enhanced battery life. The Snapdragon 450 mobile platform is made up of eight Cortex-A53 cores and is paired with Adreno 506 GPU, which Qualcomm says to offer nearly 25 percent increase in graphics performance compared to its predecessor, Snapdragon 435.
For the power house improvement, the new mobile platform will result in up to four additional hours of usage time over the Snapdragon 435 and will also offer a 30 percent reduction in power consumption when gaming. Further, the Snapdragon 450 mobile platform will support QuickCharge 3.0 and it will be able to charge the phone from zero to 80 percent in about 35 minutes.
The Snapdragon 450 will support a single camera at 21-megpapixels. The new processor will also be compatible with a dual camera setup supporting a pair of 13-megapixel dual lens. It will offer ‘Live Bokeh’ photography, making it the first from the Snapdragon 400-tier to support real-time Bokeh effects. The processor will support video streaming at 60fps which is twice the speed compared to Snapdragon 435. As for the display, the Snapdragon 450 will include support for 1920×1200 resolution displays. The Qualcomm Hexagon DSP is also integrated which enables multimedia, camera, and sensor processing at better performance but with lower consumption.
For connectivity, Qualcomm has included the same X9 LTE Modem found in Snapdragon 435 on the new mobile platform. This modem support 2x20MHz carrier aggregation in both downlink and uplink for peak speeds of 300 Mbps and 150 Mbps respectively. The Snapdragon 450 will come with USB 3.0 support which also makes the processor to be the first in the Snapdragon 400 platform to offer faster data transfer.
Qualcomm says that the Snapdragon 450 will likely be available commercially in the third quarter of 2017. The company expects smartphones to begin launching with this new mobile platform before the end of the year.
“We’ve made many recent changes to the Snapdragon Mobile Platforms as part of our vision to deliver the most advanced mobile functionality at the best possible value, and the Snapdragon 450 Mobile Platform is another realization of that vision. With the Snapdragon 450, users are going to see a dramatically improved level of performance, connectivity, battery life and imaging performance,” said Kedar Kondap, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies in a press note.