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Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 450: a 14nm process makes it faster and more efficient

Entry-level phones are about to get 25% better with Qualcomms 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 its 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 thats 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
QuickCharge
3.0
3.0
3.0

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