Qualcomm has just announced the Snapdragon 450 processor that joins the likes of Snapdragon 425, 430 and 435 in the budget Snapdragon 400 series.
Unlike other processors in the Snapdragon 400 series, the new Snapdragon 450 is unique in that it’s a product of the 14nm FinFET process, the same technology used to make the likes of Snapdragon 820 and 821 chipsets used in 2016 and some 2017 high-end phones like Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, Google Pixel, Pixel XL, HTC U Ultra and LG G6, among others.
What this means is that this Snapdragon 450 chipset will bring just about the same high-end performance and features that you see on the flagship phones from 2016. But as you know, this chipset is meant for the budget phones that fall below the $250 price tag. In short, Qualcomm wants budget phones to support features that have previously been reserved for the flagship phones, among them enhanced dual-camera setups and extremely fast LTE connectivity.
The use of the 14nm FinFET process also means that the Snapdragon 450 will deliver better battery life as well as improved graphics and compute performance. The imaging and LTE capabilities of the SoC will also be way better than its predecessors.
The processor comes with an octa-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU that is paired with an Adreno 506 GPU and according to the company, phones that use this chipset will deliver 25% enhanced performance and 25% improved graphics performance when compared to the Snapdragon 435. In terms of battery life, the Snapdragon 450 will deliver additional 4 hours of usage and 30% reduced power consumption when gaming.
In case of huge batteries, the Snapdragon 450 will be handy thanks to its support for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology that promises to take your battery from 0-80% in just 35 minutes of charging.
With the growing love for cameras, the Snapdragon 450 is also set to improve this section massively by becoming the first in the Snapdragon 400 series to support real-time Bokeh effects. Also, OEMs will be able to include dual-lens cameras of 13MP+13MP or single-lens setups of up to 21MP. These cameras will also support 1080p video recording, hybrid AF and playback of up to 60fps, which means capturing of slow motion videos will be supported.
For the display screen, the Snapdragon 450 will support up to 1920 x 1200 Full HD resolutions and enhanced multimedia, camera as well as sensor processing thanks to the company’s Hexagon DSP. If you need faster internet connectivity, this processor comes with Snapdragon X9 LTE modem that takes advantage of 2x20MHz carrier aggregation to deliver downlink speeds of up to 300Mbps and uplink speeds of up to 150Mbps.
Also, the USB connectivity standard will be improved to v3.0, which is a lot faster when it comes to data transfer. The Snapdragon 450 will be available in consumer gadgets by the end of this year.