At the ongoing MWC Shanghai 2018 event, chipmaker Qualcomm has announced three new mobile platforms for the affordable and mid-range smartphones. The first is a Snapdragon 632 mobile platform, a successor to the Snapdragon 626 chipset. The second is the Snapdragon 439, which succeeds the Snapdragon 430 platform. The third is the Snapdragon 429, which will succeed the Snapdragon 425 chipset. All three platforms are designed to offer performance and efficiency for affordable and mid-range devices.
“The introduction of Snapdragon 632, 439 and 429 builds off Qualcomm Technologies’ highest-selling mobile platforms and provides users with increased performance and power efficiency, superior graphics, AI capabilities and enhanced connectivity features. We’re excited to offer these new platforms with enhanced features to our OEMs and consumers,’ Kedar Kondap, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. said.
All three chipsets come with Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities, just like the flagship mobile platforms. It supports Qualcomm Neural Processing SDK, enabling a lot of features. These include style transfer for real-time video filters, people detection, text translation, object detection, and face unlock feature. It also brings support for single camera portrait mode where AI can detect the foreground and background to add DSLR-like blur effects to your photos. The AI also supports Smart Album feature where the gallery app can sort photos based on face, place, things, and more.
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Qualcomm Snapdragon 632
Built on a 14-nm FinFET process, the Snapdragon 632 SoC is designed to offer 40 percent performance improvement over the Snapdragon 626 platform. It features an octa-core CPU with 8 Kryo 250 cores, out of which four are performance cores with maximum clock speed of 1.8GHz, and the remaining four are efficiency cores clocked at 1.8GHz. It is paired with Adreno 506 GPU.
The chipset supports display resolutions up to Full HD+. In the photography department, the Snapdragon 632 SoC comes with support for a 24-megapixel single rear camera or dual cameras each supporting up to 13-megapixel resolution. The dual cameras bring support for real-time bokeh and wide-angle.
The chipset also enables 4K video capture, something that was missing in the Snapdragon 626 platform. Lastly, the chipset also supports X9 LTE modem for fast cellular speeds, dual VoLTE and LTE Advanced technologies such as carrier aggregation.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 439, Snapdragon 429
Both the Snapdragon 439 and Snapdragon 429 mobile platforms are built on 12nm FinFET process, which is a massive improvement over the existing Snapdragon 430 and Snapdragon 425 platforms that are built on 28nm process. Qualcomm claims that the new chipsets will offer 25 percent better performance and efficiency.
The Snapdragon 439 SoC supports display resolution up to Full HD+, single rear camera up to 21-megapixel, or dual cameras each of 8-megapixel resolution. The octa-core CPU features 8 Cortex-A53 cores where four are performance cores clocked at 1.95GHz, whereas the other four are efficiency cores clocked at 1.45GHz. The chipset also comes with Adreno 505 GPU, which offers up to 20 faster graphics performance compared to Snapdragon 430 mobile platform.
The Snapdragon 429, on the other hand, supports display resolution up to HD+, single rear camera of 16-megapixel resolution or dual cameras each of 8-megapixel resolution. It features a quad-core CPU, with four Cortex A53 cores, where all four are performance cores clocked at 1.95GHz, with Qualcomm calming to offer up to 25 percent performance improvement.
For graphics rendering, the chipset comes with Adreno 504 GPU, and is designed to offer 50 performance percent improvement over the Snapdragon 425 SoC. Both the Snapdragon 439 and Snapdragon 429 also feature X6 LTE model for fast downloads and smooth video streaming.
Smartphones running on the new Snapdragon 632, Snapdragon 439 and Snapdragon 429 SoC are expected to launch in the second half of 2018.