Qualcomm has unveiled its newest mobile SoC: the Snapdragon 450. Based on the 14nm manufacturing process, the new mobile platform doesn’t so much offer a leap in capabilities over its predecessor. Rather, it’s an incremental improvement on what Qualcomm is already offering.
The Snapdragon 450 features eight Cortex-A53 processors paired with a Qualcomm Adreno 506 GPU. According to the company, this results in a 25 percent improvement in performance over the Snapdragon 435.
More importantly, refinements in power efficiency have resulted in an extra four hours of battery life. Considering that the Snapdragon 450 is designed for low powered devices to begin with, this might be the best argument for entry level phones at the moment. Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology also allows a regular smartphone to be charged to 80 percent capacity in about 35 minutes.
Support for real time Bokeh effects has been added to the Snapdragon 450; a first for Qualcomm’s 400 series. This is complemented with a Qualcomm Hexagon DSP for more efficient processing at lower power levels. Adding to this is also new support for 1080p displays on the Snapdragon 450.
Qualcomm expects to get the Snapdragon 450 out for client sampling by Q3 2017; and hopes to see devices powered by the mobile platform on the market by the fourth quarter of this year.