The Snapdragon 435 processor from Qualcomm powered quite a lot of low-end and mid-range Android smartphones. Qualcomm has now announced the successor to this chip, it’s called the Snapdragon 450. This chip is now going to power the next crop of budget Android handsets and, among other things, it’s claim to fame will be support for dual cameras.
The Snapdragon 450 is the first chip of its kind to use the 14nm FinFET processor which enables it to deliver significant improvements in battery life, performance, graphics, and LTE connectivity.
The company claims that the higher-performing octacore ARM Cortex A53 CPU provides a 25 percent increase in compute performance as well as a 25 percent increase in graphics performance compared to the Snapdragon 435.
Qualcomm has made improvements to the chip’s power management features to squeeze up to four additional hours of usage time compared to its predecessor aside from a 30 percent cut in power when gaming. The chip also has Quick Charge 3.0 support.
The Snapdragon 450 has been designed to include support for enhanced dual camera at 13 megapixel + 13 megapixel resolutions or support single cameras up to 21 megapixel with hybrid autofocus, 1080p video capture, and playback at up to 60 frames-per-second.
Commercial sampling of the new chip will begin in the third quarter of this year. Budget handsets powered by the Snapdragon 450 processor will be available by the end of this year.