Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 platform announced at MWC Shanghai 2017

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Qualcomm has today introduced a new family member to its Snapdragon 400 mobile platform - the all new Snapdragon 450. 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.

With Snapdragon 450, Qualcomm has improved the performance of the processor by up to 25 percent through the octa-core ARM Cortex A53 CPU. Additionally, the platform is paired with the Adreno 506 GPU, which also delivers 25 percent better graphics performance over the Snapdragon 435.

In terms of battery, Qualcomm says the latest can provide up to four additional hours of usage time compared to the Snapdragon 435.

Snapdragon 450 is expected to power budget and mid-range smartphones from Q4-2017.

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In a press briefing, a Qualcomm spokesperson noted that consumers could expect to see numerous same brands release budget devices on the 450 platform, likely in the range of $125 to $250 Dollars. The 450 includes the Snapdragon X9 LTE modem, which can hit peak speeds of 300Mbps downlink and 150Mbps uplink. It supports USB 3.0 that brings support for Quick Charge 3.0. That's twice as good as the Snapdragon 435, which was capped at 30 frames-per-second.

Camera and multimedia:The Snapdragon 450 is the first in the 400-tier to support real-time Bokeh (Live Bokeh) effects.It is also created to improve on previous generations by including support for enhanced dual camera at 13+13MP, or single camera support up to 21MP; hybrid autofocus; and 1080p video capture and playback at up to 60fps, enabling slow motion capture.The Snapdragon 450 also includes support for 1920x1200 full HD displays, as well as the Qualcomm®Hexagon™DSP, which enables multimedia, camera and sensor processing at greater performance and lower power than the previous generation. This adds support for real-time bokeh shots, where the background is blurred to help your subject to stand out.

The new Snapdragon 450 uses the 14nm FinFET process and is touted to significantly improve battery life, graphics and compute performance, imaging and LTE connectivity over its predecessor, the Snapdragon 435. Battery life has also been improved, and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 comes with support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, allowing for native fast charging solutions on budget devices. This means that any phones with the 450 inside will copy files to and from a computer in roughly a third of the time.

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