Entry-level phones are about to get 25% better with Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 450 chipset, give or take. Despite its 4-series branding, this one is more of a reworked Snapdragon 625 and comes to replace the Snapdragon 435.
The new chipset features eight Cortex-A53 cores and promises a 25% boost in processing speed over the incumbent S435 chip. It also moves to the Adreno 506 GPU, which will offer a 25% boost in gaming performance.
Of course, the highlight of this new chip is that it’s built on a 14nm process – the first among the 4-series (as expected). Power draw when gaming will be reduced by up to 30% and Qualcomm expects batteries will offer up to 4 hours more of active use compared to the old chip.
The Snapdragon 450 also brings support for new camera features. For one, it can record 1080p @ 60fps video and it supports dual cameras natively (up to 13MP+13MP). It can do real-time bokeh effects too! One thing is lacking compared to the S625 chip, however, and that’s 4K video capture (it is an entry-level chip, after all).
There are a few other improvements, see the table below for a more direct comparison. Just to rattle off a few more specs – USB 3.0 is now supported, QuickCharge 3.0 (80% charge in 35 minutes) and Wi-Fi ac also come included.
|Snapdragon 435||Snapdragon 450||Snapdragon 625|
|Process||28nm (LP)||14 nm (?)||14 nm (LPP)|
|CPU||8x Cortex-A53 (1.4GHz)||8x Cortex-A53 (?)||8x Cortex-A53 (1.4GHz)|
|GPU||Adreno 505||Adreno 506||Adreno 506|
|Camera||Up to 21MP||Up to 21MP / 13MP + 13MP||Up to 24MP|
|Video||1080p @ 30fps||1080p @ 60fps||4K @ 30fps|
|Max screen res||1080p||1080p||1080p|
|LTE||300Mbps / 100Mbps||300Mbps / 150Mbps||300Mbps / 150Mbps|
|Wi-Fi||802.11ac (433Mbps)||802.11ac (433Mhz)||802.11ac (433Mhz)|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 3.0||USB 3.0|
Yet it cost ~280Â€ and offers 2013 flagship perfomance! And this SoC would be very similar to 7870... Those tiny A53 cores should've been long death by now,or eventually find its place in
should be 1.75 GHZ for 25% increase in performance. Not a bad little budget chip and likely good battery life :)
Galaxy J5 (2017) already has been using Exynos 7870 Octa which is 14nm. 8 x 1.6Ghz...