Qualcomm has introduced the latest king of SoCs for mid-range offerings under the moniker Snapdragon 450. It’s the first 14nm chip in the 400 series and features an octa-core processor.
Just to remind, Qualcomm launched Snapdragon 630 and Snapdragon 660 in May this year but left the 400 series untouched. Right now, Snapdragon 435 rules the 400 series and features prominently in budget offerings like Redmi 4X and Huawei Y7 Prime.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 Chipset
Coming back to Snapdragon 450, the latest is an octa-core processor with 8 ARM Cortex-A53 cores with clock speeds of 1.8 GHz. It’s designed to take the toughest of mobile workloads with advanced 64-bit CPU architecture. With Adreno 506 GPU, Qualcomm claims up to 25% higher performance than its predecessor.
The latest chip will greatly enhance the capabilities of 400 series in terms of performance, camera, multimedia and connectivity technologies. According to Qualcomm, users will experience 20% faster app launch time for social apps and emails, 15% for Maps and over 10% for Games.
Display: Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chip will support high-quality display plus enhanced power saving.
Battery: The battery performance has increased as much as 25% with 4 hours longer battery life, thanks to the 14nm process. It also supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 which enables zero to 85% charge in just 35 minutes.
Camera: This is the first 400 series chip to support real-time Bokeh effects. The 450 chip can support dual camera at 13+13MP, or single camera support up to 21MP. Additional capabilities include hybrid autofocus, 1080p video capture, and playback at up to 60fps, enabling slow motion capture.
Overall, it looks a great SoC for mid-range devices, however, only real world usage will decide whether it can repeat the success of Snapdragon 430 processor or not.