Monday, 24 July, 2017

Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 450 for mid-range smartphones and tablets

Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 450 chip aims for speed and battery life on a budget Snapdragon 450 vs 435: What improvements does the 450 chipset bring?
Lucas Bell | 29 June, 2017, 18:55

Qualcomm has made improvements in several areas, where the Snapdragon 450 is superior to the older Snapdragon 435. This is a massive number that underlines the importance of this market.

Qualcomm had first announced the Sense ID fingerprint technology in 2015. The Snapdragon 450 will bring "significant improvements in battery life, graphics and compute performance, imaging and LTE connectivity over its predecessor, the Snapdragon 435", according to Qualcomm. Qualcomm uses the rather vague metric of four additional hours of battery life compared with the Snapdragon 435. If the dual-camera setup includes a combination of a colour (RGB or Bayer) sensor and a monochrome sensor, Qualcomm's Clear Sight technology offers improved image quality. The graphics performance has been pumped up with the Adreno 506-it's the same one used in the more powerful Snapdragon 625. Gaming will definitely get faster. These systems include infotainment offering with an integrated 4G LTE modem using Snapdragon 820Am automotive platform. If a manufacturer instead opts to use a single camera, the chip can also support an up to 21-megapixel, like its predecessor. It also carries support Wi-Fi 802.11ac along with MU-MIMO. YuanTel is the second ranked mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) in China among the 42 licensees, as measured by subscriber size, settlement volume, and service quality, has more than 8 million subscribers, and boasts a strong independent product portfolio and innovation capabilities, including M2M modules for the Internet of Things (IoT). There are now 194 commercially launched CA networks.

Qualcomm also notes that this is the first chip in the Snapdragon 400 Mobile Platform tier to support real-time Bokeh. This is an important step up compared to the Snapdragon 435 that supports 1080p @ 30 FPS. Another feature is surround microphones where the user can either record in surround sound, or cut out ambient noise from outside the field of view.

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Innovative new LTE IoT tracker based on Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 1200 platform planned to be available later this year. Numerous features are on par with the mid-range Snapdragon 625 making it extremely powerful especially when the affordable price tag is considered. There is USB 3.0 support as well along with USB Type-C port support.

Qualcomm's 450 is expected to be in consumer devices by the end of 2017. It will be, as always, up to Qualcomm customers to announce products. Another new product that might be seen in many upcoming smart devices is the Snapdragon Fingerprint Sensor which works through the display, glass and metal - and even under water. Kedar pointed out that it will be up to manufacturers to implement the features and higher quality components will dictate the price.

To date, more than 1900 designs have launched or are in the pipeline across the Snapdragon 400 tier mobile platforms.

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