Qualcomm has introduced three new Snapdragon mobile platforms for high- and mid-range devices. The new Snapdragon 632, 439, and 429 are all upgrades to the existing generation of Qualcomm platforms; providing mostly incremental updates instead of monumental performance jumps.
The Snapdragon 632 combines a Kyro 250 CPU and an Adreno 506 GPU, allowing it to output 40-percent more power than its predecessor – the Snapdragon 626. It supports single cameras up to 24MP, or dual 13MP cameras; plus display resolutions up to FHD+. This won’t be a massive powerhouse, but those specifications are reserved for the flagship level 800 series.
Both the Snapdragon 439 and 429 are built for more affordable and mass market devices. Still, these are far from the bottom of the barrel. Featuring a 25-percent performance and power efficiency boost over the Snapdragon 425. The Snapdragon 439 is equipped with the Adreno 505 GPU for up to 20% faster graphics rendering over its predecessor. While the Snapdragon 429 is fitted with an Adreno 504 GPU, for up to 50% better graphics rendering.
Don’t expect all that much from the camera and display resolution of these two mobile platforms. The Snapdragon 439 supports up to a 21MP single-camera or 8MP dual-cameras, along with support for FHD+ displays, On the other hand, the Snapdragon 429 includes 16MP single-camera and 8+8MP dual-cameras with HD+ display support.
These chips are most likely designed to continue Qualcomm’s dominance in the smartphone and tablet markets. And are unlikely to be featured in the upcoming ARM powered Windows 10 laptops that the company is said to be helping out with. Those are supposedly being reserved for the rumoured Snapdragon 1000 mobile platforms.
Devices powered by the Snapdragon 632, 439, and 429 will all be appearing in the second half of 2018.