At the Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2017 event currently underway, Qualcomm announced the newest generation in processors targeting the budget and lower mid-tier market. The Snapdragon 450 is the successor to the Snapdragon 435 and brings some nice improvements that will enable budget device manufacturers to step things up in those market tiers. The improvements are partly thanks due to Qualcomm implementing a 14nm FinFET manufacturing process and fall into four main areas.
The first big improvement for the new Snapdragon 450 should be no surprise as it is in terms of raw performance. Qualcomm says the improvements to the CPU result in a 25 percent improvement compared to the Snapdragon 435. In addition to computing power, the Adreno 506 GPU produces a similar improvement in graphics performance.
Another big area of improvement is in power management where the Snapdragon 450 gains an additional four hours of usage in typical scenarios. Qualcomm specifically notes a 30 percent reduction in power consumption when gaming. The new Snapdragon 450 will support Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 system so even budget devices will benefit from quick charge technology.
Camera and multimedia support is improved in the new chip. For cameras, the Snapdragon 450 can support real-time Bokeh processing and it now supports dual cameras at 13MP for each lens or a single camera of up to 21MP. Manufacturers will also be able to tap into slow motion video capture thanks to support for up to 60fps at 1080p resolutions. Buyers can also expect to see even budget devices offer full HD displays thanks to support for resolutions up to 1920 x 1200.
Finally, the new Snapdragon 450 comes with several connectivity related enhancements thanks to the inclusion of the Snapdragon X9 LTE modem. Devices will be able to tap into peak speeds of up to 300 Mbps down and 150 Mbps up, support for a large number of network carriers, and MU-MIMO supports. Qualcomm also notes that the Snapdragon 450 will support USB 3.0 speeds, the first chip in the budget tier to do so.
Consumers can expect to see the first devices with the Snapdragon 450 hit retail shelves during the fourth quarter of 2017.