Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 450 to boost efficiency in mid-range devices

Mobile technology and processor manufacturer Qualcomm has introduced a new Snapdragon chipset that is more energy efficient and can effortlessly support specs of the mid-range smartphones.

The new Snapdragon 450 uses the 14nm FinFET process and is touted to significantly improve battery life, graphics and compute performance, imaging and LTE connectivity over its predecessor, the Snapdragon 435.

“We’ve made many recent changes to the Snapdragon Mobile Platforms as part of our vision to deliver the most advanced mobile functionality at the best possible value, and the Snapdragon 450 Mobile Platform is another realization of that vision,” said Kedar Kondap, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies.

Qualcomm claims that its improved octa-core ARM Cortex A53 CPU results in 25 percent increase in compute performance compared to its predecessor. The integrated Adreno 506 GPU as well delivers a 25 percent increase in graphics performance.

In terms of battery, Qualcomm says the latest can provide up to four additional hours of usage time compared to the Snapdragon 435. More significant is the fact that the Snapdragon 450 comes with Quick Charge 3.0 support, which practically means your device will charge from zero to 80 percent in 35 minutes.

There are a number of firsts for the Snapdragon 450, one of them being that it is the first in the 400-tier to support real-time Bokeh (Live Bokeh) effects. Qualcomm in a statement explained that the technology supports for enhanced dual camera at 13+13MP, or single camera support up to 21MP; hybrid autofocus; and 1080p video capture.

The Snapdragon 450 also supports USB 3.0 which is first in its tier to support fast USB data transfer. As to when you can expect devices with Qualcomm’s new processor, the company has estimated its arrival in consumer devices by the end of 2017.


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