Alongside the announcement of building its own hidden fingerprint sensors, Qualcomm also announced an update to the Snapdragon 400-series SoC, with the new 450 being a massive improvement in the otherwise mid-range segment. First of all, it moves to the 14nm process, which should bring impressive efficiency gains, as the current 400-series chips run on a 28nm process.
The new Snapdragon 450 SoC still relies on the Cortex A53 cores thats found on the 435, but its now on the aforementioned 14nm process. Qualcomm also increased the max clock speed, up to 1.8GHz on the 450 versus a max clock speed of 1.4GHz on the 435. There is a new Hexagon 546 DSP will be up to five times as efficient as the DSP in the previous 400-series chips.
Alongside improved specifications, the 450 adds support for 60fps video capture and playback, dual cameras, USB 3.0, and Qualcomm’s own Quick Charge 3.0 technology. It also uses Qualcomm’s X9 LTE modem that was announced last year, which provides an improved radio bandwidth for the budget to mid-range smartphone market.
The Adreno 506 GPU also gets an upgrade with added support for Vulkan and Direct X 12. The updated GPU is actually a trickled down version of the Snapdragon 625 processor, which has twice the number of processing clusters and is also built on the same 14nm process. As an result, there will be noticeable performance and efficiency gains across the board.
Qualcomm is saying that the first devices to receive the new Snapdragon 450 SoC won’t arrive until Q4 of this year, or sometime in October.