At the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Shanghai last month, Qualcomm announced a new processor under its 400 series. Named Snapdragon 450, this processor is Qualcomm’s first processor for mid-range devices which has been developed on the 14nm FinFET process.
Resultantly, the new processor is set to bring marked improvement in performance, battery life, connectivity and graphical performance to future mid-range smartphones and tablets.
What Are Those Improvements?
– 25 percent improvement in the computing power over Snapdragon 435. Similar level of improvement is also achieved in graphical performance due to the integrated Adreno 506 GPU.
– Depending on different devices, battery life is said to improve by additional 4 hours on average. This is humongous. Also, there is 30 percent less battery usage during gaming. The processor will also support Quick Charge 3.0 (taking a smartphone from 0 to 85 percent within 35-40 minutes).
– The new processor will bring support for real-time bokeh effects while photographing. Also, for the first time in mid-range devices, it will be possible to incorporate dual camera setup (up to 13 + 13MP lenses) as that will be supported too. Single lens support is also increases up to 21MP.
– Download and upload speeds will increase up to 300 Mbps and 150 Mbps respectively with the help of Snapdragon X9 LTE modem.
While these are clearly remarkable improvements, it must be noted that the overall emphasis is on higher performance and more efficient battery usage. Future generations of mid-range devices powered by the Snapdragon 450 will see up-market performance similar to the performance enhancements seen in latest generations of high-end smartphones and tablets over the last one year. Currently, there is a huge gap between the two.
What Does It Mean For Manufacturers and Consumers Alike?
More specifically, the high-end smartphone market captured by the likes of the iPhone, Galaxy S8 and other such devices is becoming a bit saturated as far as the performance is concerned even when the screen and body designs are beginning to see innovation. For this segment, further improvements in performance shall come from processors developed on 10nm (and then 7nm) processes while the optimization between software and hardware will continue to play its role in polishing the overall user experience.
It is the mid-range segment that needs a major push with respect to increase in performance. It is a segment that caters to a larger number of buyers and, naturally, has more variety of devices. Given that the devices that fall in this category are bound to create a fine balance of price to performance ratio, it is more than a welcome step by Qualcomm.
It is expected that the Snapdragon 450 powered smartphones will start arriving in the market by the end of this year.
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