Almost one out of every two smartphones is today powered by Qualcomm’s SoCs ( system-on-chips ). If you don’t already know, the company builds three classes of SoCs, the 400-series for budget smartphones, the 600-series for mid-range smartphones, and the 800-series for the premium smartphones- the one you would find on almost any of flagships. While the top-tier processor had already been released earlier this year.
Now, the Qualcomm (—the US chipset maker), has introduced the three new chipsets for the mid-range and budget segment namely the Snapdragon 632, Snapdragon 439 and 429 at an event in MWC 2018 Shanghai.
According to the Qualcomm, these new SoCs are engineered to bring high performance, better battery life, more efficient, impressive graphics, artificial intelligence (AI) features and dual VoLTE support. Let’s take a detailed look at each of them
Qualcomm Snapdragon 632
The Snapdragon 632 is the latest chipset from Snapdragon 600 lineup and is the successor to the Snapdragon 626 SoC. According to Qualcomm, the new Snapdragon 632 SoC to offer 40% higher performance when compared to its previous 625 / 626 SoCs.Like its predecessor, it is also developed by a 14-nm FinFEt process technology. The chipset comes with an octa-core Qualcomm’s custom Kryo 250 cores (—consists of 4 cores for performance and 4 cores for efficiency, which are clocked at 1.8 GHz ) and paired with Adreno 506 GPU.In terms of cameras, it can support either a 24MP single-camera or 13MP + 13MP dual cameras for more advanced camera features such as real-time bokeh and wide-angle capturing. On the display, it can scale up to FHD+ resolution. For faster cellular speeds, the Snapdragon 632 includes the X9 LTE modem, which supports LTE Advanced technologies like carrier aggregation.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 439
The Snapdragon 439 SoC is the latest chipset from Snapdragon 400 lineup. This chipset is built by 12-nm FinFET process technology. The chipset comes with an octa-core Cortex A53 CPU ( having 4 cores for performance and 4 cores for efficiency, are clocked at 1.95Ghz and 1.45GHz respectively ) and padding with the Adreno 505 GPU. The company said to offer a 25% increase in performance when compared to its previous 425 / 430 SoCs. For a camera, the Snapdragon 439 is said to support for up to 21MP single-camera or 8MP + 8MP dual cameras. On the display, it can support for Full HD+ alongside modern 18:9 displays, which are targeted for most of today’s budget smartphones.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 429
Unlike Qualcomm Snapdragon 439, the Snapdragon 429 comes with Quad-Core Cortex A53 CPU ( 4 performance cores, which are clocked at 1.95GHz) and padding with the support of Adreno 504 GPU. The company said to deliver a 50% increment in graphics rendering for the low-budget smartphones. As it’s remaining features and design of are same as Snapdragon 439. Moreover, both the SoCs have inbuilt AI capabilities and support for a number of mobile payment systems.
Here are the specifications of Snapdragon 632, 439 & 429.
|Snapdragon 632||Snapdragon 439||Snapdragon 429|
|Process||14 nm (FinFET)||12 nm (FinFET)|
|CPU||8 x Kryo 250 (1.8 GHz)||8 x Cortex-A53 (1.95 GHz)||4 x Cortex-A53 (1.95 GHz)|
|GPU||Adreno 506||Adreno 505||Adreno 504|
|Camera||24MP / 13MP + 13 MP||21MP / 8MP + 8MP||16MP / 8MP + 8MP|
|Video||4K @ 30fps / 1080p @ 60fps||1080p @ 30fps|
|Display (Resolution)||Full HD+||Full HD+||HD+|
|LTE||Snapdragon X9LTE 300Mbps / 100Mbps||Snapdragon X6LTE 150Mbps / 75Mbps|
|Wi-Fi||802.11ac (364Mbps)||802.11ac (364Mbps)|
The all three new Snapdragon 632, 439 and 429 processor-based smartphones are expected to be launched in the second half of this year.