Entry-level phones are about to get 25% better with Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 450 chipset, give or take. Despite its 4-series branding, this one is more of a reworked Snapdragon 625 and comes to replace the Snapdragon 435.
The new chipset features eight Cortex-A53 cores and promises a 25% boost in processing speed over the incumbent S435 chip. It also moves to the Adreno 506 GPU, which will offer a 25% boost in gaming performance.
Of course, the highlight of this new chip is that it’s built on a 14nm process – the first among the 4-series (as expected). Power draw when gaming will be reduced by up to 30% and Qualcomm expects batteries will offer up to 4 hours more of active use compared to the old chip.
The Snapdragon 450 also brings support for new camera features. For one, it can record 1080p @ 60fps video and it supports dual cameras natively (up to 13MP+13MP). It can do real-time bokeh effects too! One thing is lacking compared to the S625 chip, however, and that’s 4K video capture (it is an entry-level chip, after all).
There are a few other improvements, see the table below for a more direct comparison. Just to rattle off a few more specs – USB 3.0 is now supported, QuickCharge 3.0 (80% charge in 35 minutes) and Wi-Fi ac also come included.
|Snapdragon 435||Snapdragon 450||Snapdragon 625|
|Process||28nm (LP)||14 nm (?)||14 nm (LPP)|
|CPU||8x Cortex-A53 (1.4GHz)||8x Cortex-A53 (?)||8x Cortex-A53 (1.4GHz)|
|GPU||Adreno 505||Adreno 506||Adreno 506|
|Camera||Up to 21MP||Up to 21MP / 13MP + 13MP||Up to 24MP|
|Video||1080p @ 30fps||1080p @ 60fps||4K @ 30fps|
|Max screen res||1080p||1080p||1080p|
|LTE||300Mbps / 100Mbps||300Mbps / 150Mbps||300Mbps / 150Mbps|
|Wi-Fi||802.11ac (433Mbps)||802.11ac (433Mhz)||802.11ac (433Mhz)|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 3.0||USB 3.0|
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