Successor to Qualcomm Snapdragon 435, the company has announced a new Snapdragon 450 chipset at ongoing Mobile World Congress Shanghai. This is the first time, Qualcomm has introduced the 14nm process node in the mid-range chipset. Currently, the 400-series chipsets are on a 28nm process node.
The Snapdragon 450 utilises the same Cortex A53 cores as the SD435 does, but with an increased clock speed of 1.8GHz. The SD435, on another hand, has a max clock speed of 1.4GHz. For graphics performance, the SD450 gets the Adreno 506 GPU onboard. It is actually a revised GPU adding support for Vulkan and DirectX 12. You might have already started seeing that the 450 is indeed a toned down version of the very much famous Snapdragon 625.
The 435 also adds support for dual cameras, 60FPS video capture, USB 3.0, and Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology. The company also claims it to provide up to 25% more performance boost than its predecessor. One thing which hasn’t changed yet and the 450 still shares with its predecessor is the X9 LTE modem.
Overall, it’s a pretty significant step from Qualcomm for the budget segment chipsets. However, the company says the first device powered by the chipset won’t start shipping till Q4 2017. So, you might have to wait until the end of this year to get your hands on the device powered by Snapdragon 450.