Qualcomm announces three new mid-range Snapdragon processors

Angelica Greene
June 28, 2018

Qualcomm has introduced three new Snapdragon mobile platforms for high- and mid-range devices. While all of them have been newly added in the company's Snapdragon 400 and Snapdragon 600 series, none of the SoCs features the best of what the respective lineups have to offer. This extended battery life is supported via several new features including: Wearable PMIC, RF Front End (RFFE), location engine, Bluetooth streaming architecture, and processor and modem software optimizations.

This is where things get interesting: Snapdragon 1000, or the SDM1000 platform as Qualcomm calls it, sounds like its ideal for Microsoft's Andromeda and HoloLens projects.

The Snapdragon 600 series by Qualcomm is an example of how smartphone manufacturers are shifting their targets to the emerging markets and the mid-range handsets now in the spotlight.

Qualcomm is promising on-device processing with "enhanced AI features", but there's no mention of the dedicated hardware AI engine like what's incorporated on the Snapdragon 710and 845. Qualcomm confirmed that the new platforms would be available for device manufacturers in the second half of 2018. The new Snapdragon 632 as well as 439 and 429 support eMBMS for efficient delivery of broadcast and multicast services. It is built on a 14nm advanced FinFET process technology, and the Snapdragon 632 SoC boasts of up to 40 percent higher performance thanks to the combination of the Qualcomm Kryo 250 CPU and Qualcomm Adreno 506 GPU. The chip supports a five-megapixel camera so that parents can video chat with their children if they need to.

On the display front, it limits upto Full HD+ resolution. The processors come with AI capabilities that enhance the camera, voice, and security experience. Qualcomm is quoting up to a 25 percent performance improvement over the Snapdragon 425.

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Both Snapdragon 439 and Snapdragon 429 feature the X6 LTE modem, offering peak download speeds of 150Mbps. The best bang for the buck comes with the 429 - while the Adreno 505 graphics in the 439 are a respectable 20 percent faster, the Adreno 504 inside the 429 is a whopping 50 percent faster. It can handle a single 16MP camera or dual 8MP cameras and a HD+ display. This SoC also comes with Snapdragon X9 LTE modem, which supports LTE Advanced technologies like Carrier Aggregation. Apple's attempts to free itself of Qualcomm chips makes the San Diego-based company even more dependent on its Chinese customers. Qualcomm already makes processors for things ranging from smartphones to Windows 10 tablet-laptop hybrids.

We've seen a number of kids' fitness trackers, but kids' smartwatches have been a growing market for the past couple of years, first starting in China and slowly growing out to other markets more recently.

The new Snapdragon 632 brings some of the most sought-after mobile experiences, including mainstream gaming, 4K video capture, artificial intelligence, and fast LTE speeds-all for an affordable price.

The platform integrates an ultra-low power sensor hub and comes with pre-optimized sensor algorithms created to provide a highly accurate smart sensing experience. It supports a 5-megapixel camera.

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