Qualcomm continues to roll out processor upgrades for the year with the launch of the Snapdragon 450 Mobile Platform. Announced at Shanghai’s Mobile World Congress, the new chipset is a successor to company’s Snapdragon 435 and brings in a slew of improvements in almost every field including dual-cameras.
For starters, the Snapdragon 450 employs a 14nm FinFET process which is the first in its lineup and carries significant upgrades in four key areas – performance, battery life, camera, and connectivity.
To begin with, the Snapdragon 450 can handle real-time Bokeh effects and is capable of supporting a 13+13MP pair (or a single camera up to 21MP). Video-recording resolution is still limited at 1080p, though. However, they’ve added a range of sound enhancements while shooting. One of such is “audio zoom” that essentially lets the camera manipulate the audio as well when you zoom in the object. This is something HTC has provided with its recent U11 smartphone. In addition to that, Qualcomm has bundled its Clear Sight technology that yields a much sharper image in low light with a dual-camera setup.
Displays running on the Snapdragon 435 can enforce an aspect ratio of 18:9 with 1920×1200 as the resolution. It also embeds Qualcomm’s Hexagon DSP (Digital Signal Processor) which allows always-on sensing at much less power consumption. The USB port is now 3.0 that will dramatically elevate transfer speeds. Surprisingly, the new mid-tier processor is also compatible with eye-based iris authentication. Other than enabling face unlock, OEMs will be able to integrate the service natively into the operating system as well.
Lesser Power Consumption
In terms of raw performance, the 435 is powered by an octa-core ARM Cortex A53 CPU which is 25 percent more powerful than its predecessor. The same bump applies with the integrated Adreno 506 GPU as well. Battery life has been boosted by an additional four hours thanks to a few power management optimizations. Furthermore, there’s support for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 that promises to charge your phone from zero to 80 percent in about 35 minutes. The X9 modem utilizes 2x20MHz Carrier aggregation and results in downlink and uplink for peak speeds of 300Mbps and 150Mbps respectively.
Smartphones powered by the Snapdragon 450 should be arriving at the end of this year, says Qualcomm. This new processor certainly provides a glimpse in how competent budget phones will be becoming in the coming quarters. Especially with better dual-camera support and iris authentication, we expect manufacturers to come up interesting new products.
“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,” said Kedar Kondap, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “With the Snapdragon 450, users are going to see a dramatically improved level of performance, connectivity, battery life and imaging performance.”