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Snapdragon 450 vs 435: What improvements does the 450 chipset bring?

Qualcomm has just launched its new Snapdragon 450 chipset, designed to replace the older Snapdragon 435 with improved performance, efficiency, camera functionality and connectivity. Here’s all of the improvements of the Snapdragon 450 chipset when compared with the 435.

What is the Snapdragon 450?

The Snapdragon 450 mobile platform has just been launched by manufacturer Qualcomm out at MWC Shanghai. This is a fresh new member of the Snapdragon 400 series, which are designed to be used in mid-range smartphones and tablets. They tend to be more affordable than the Snapdragon 600 series as well as the Snapdragon 800 series, which are chipsets aimed at upper-mid and premium mobile devices.

The Snapdragon 450 is the first of the 400-series family to feature the 14nm FinFET process.

Snapdragon 450 vs 435: What’s been improved?

Qualcomm has made improvements in several areas, where the Snapdragon 450 is superior to the older Snapdragon 435. These are:

  • Improved CPU performance. The 450’s new octa-core ARM Cortex A53 Central Processing Unit offers a 25 percent boost in general performance, when compared with the 435. This is according to Qualcomm’s in-house testing procedure. You can expect apps to launch faster too – up to 20 percent more quickly, in fact.
  • Improved GPU performance. As well as a faster computational performance, the Snapdragon 450 boasts a 25 percent improvement in graphics performance too. This is thanks to the new integrated Adreno 506 GPU.
  • Improved battery life. Qualcomm has made some improvements in the area of power management, which means more efficient running when compared with the Snapdragon 435. The 450 offers up to four more hours of general use, according to the manufacturer. Quoted figures include 18 hours of video playback (or 14 hours of streaming), 7 hours of video capture and an impressive 15 hours of gaming. You can also expect power consumption to be reduced by up to 30 percent when blasting through the likes of Angry Birds Evolution. However, there’s no difference as far as charging speed goes; both chipsets use Quick Charge 3.0, with support for Type C USB in the 450 platform.
  • Video capture. With the new chipset, you can record video at a super-smooth 60 frames-per-second. That’s twice as good as the Snapdragon 435, which was capped at 30 frames-per-second.
  • Camera functionality. The Snapdragon 450 is designed to support dual-lens cameras up to a maximum of 13-megapixels, whereas the older 435 platform maxed out at dual 8-megapixel snappers. This adds support for real-time bokeh shots, where the background is blurred to help your subject to stand out. Single lens camera support remains up to 21-megapixel.
  • Connectivity. Qualcomm has shoved its own Snapdragon X9 LTE modem into the 450 platform, which uses 2x20MHz carrier aggregation for both uplink and downlink transfer (just like the older 435). The peak download speed remains capped at 300Mbps, while the peak upload speed has improved from 100Mbps to 150Mbps. Good news if you’re often uploading big image files or videos from your mobile device.
  • Faster data transfer. The Snapdragon 450 is the first 400-series platform to support USB 3.0, for fast data transfer. In comparison, the older 435 chipset only supports USB 2.0. This means that any phones with the 450 inside will copy files to and from a computer in roughly a third of the time.
  • Iris recognition. Biometrics security is now supported for the first time in this tier with the Snapdragon 450, so you can unlock your phone just by staring at it.


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