Today Qualcomm announced it new mid-range Snapdragon 450 chipset. The new Qualcomm’s mid-range smartphone platform now moved to a 14nm process. The new 450 still utilizes Cortex A53 cores, but on a smaller 14nm process. The max clock speed now goes up to 1.8GHz on the 450 versus a max of 1.4GHz on the 435.
A new Hexagon 546 DSP will be up to five times as efficient as the DSP in previous 400-series chips. The new chipset also adds support for 60FPS video capture and playback, dual cameras, USB 3.0, and Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology.
Like the 435, it features Qualcomm’s X9 LTE modem (announced last year), which provides a pretty robust radio feature set for something that’s going to end up in budget phones.
Like the previous gen 435 chipset, it features Qualcomm’s X9 LTE modem. The chipset also includes Adreno 506 GPU, that has twice the number of processing clusters and is built on the 14nm process, resulting in very significant performance and efficiency gains.
According to the Qualcomm, Snapdragon 450 supported devices will start shipping in Q4 of this year.