This year, a lot of talks about Qualcomm has been centered on its Snapdragon 830 platform that equips high-end smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S8 or OnePlus 5, and which will also equip laptops under Windows 10 in the near future.
Though the Snapdragon 830 has been the talk of the year, the mobile component manufacturer does not seem to forget about mid-range devices that might not, financially or technically, be able to house the Snapdragon 830. And as a result, it has introduced the Snapdragon 450 platform for these devices. This one succeeds the Snapdragon 435.
With this new SoC, Qualcomm uses a more recent process, 14nm engraving (instead of 28nm engraving). And on the performance side, it offers a 25% higher computing power than the Snapdragon 435, thanks to the Octa-core ARM Cortex A53 CPU. As for graphic power, the Adreno 506 GPU also allows for a 25% boost.
One of the big advantages of this new SoC is the autonomy. According to Qualcomm, with the Snapdragon 450, we have 4 hours of extra autonomy compared to the previous version. And mobile devices that use the component can have Quick Charge 3.0 compatibility with which a device can be charged to 80% of battery in 35 minutes.
With the Snapdragon 450, the intermediate range mobiles can also have better LTE connectivity and take better photos. Full HD screens will also be supported.
In essence with the Snapdragon 450, users will see significant improvements in performance, connectivity, battery life, and photography.
While these features are not as impressive as those of the smartphones using the Snapdragon 835, they are important, as they will allow inexpensive Android mobile users to have a better experience. And this can change a lot for sites as well as for application developers, and anyone who offers content on mobile.
The first smartphones with SoC Snapdragon 450 should arrive before the end of the year.