Now that Snapdragon 835-powered devices are hitting the market, Qualcomm is shifting its attention to its other platform tiers. They announced the Snapdragon 660 and 630 in May and now they’ve unveiled the Snapdragon 450 in the Snapdragon 400 platform tier. Catering to mid-range smartphone and tablets, the Snapdragon 450, just like its other tier siblings, is based on 14nm FinFET process that improves a lot over its predecessor, the Snapdragon 435.
The Snapdragon 450 features an octa-core ARM Cortex A53 processor with a clock speed of up to 1.8GHz and Adreno 506 GPU. In terms of performance, both CPU and GPU boast 25 percent better performance over the Snapdragon 435. The chip now supports a 60fps Full HD+ display with an aspect ratio 18:9, iris scanner support, USB 3.0 Type-C, X9 LTE modem and up to 30 percent better battery. The SD450 also supports Quick Charge 3.0 that can charge a phone from zilch to 80 percent in just 35 minutes.
Camera has got the biggest jump as it now supports dual camera of up to 13MP+13MP configuration. Additionally, there’s Live Bokeh effect, up to 21MP for a single camera configuration, Full HD video recording and playback at 60fps and HEVC encoding and decoding.
We can expect first devices powered by the new Snapdragon sometime in Q4 of this year.