Qualcomm officially launches Snapdragon 632, 439, and 429 for mid-range smartphones

New Snapdragon chips bring dual cameras to more mid-tier phones

New Snapdragon chips bring dual cameras to more mid-tier phones

At the ongoing MWC Shanghai 2018 event, chipmaker Qualcomm has announced three new mobile platforms for the affordable and mid-range smartphones. 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.

Furthermore, the Snapdragon 439 offers support for 21MP single-camera and 8MP+8MP dual-cameras along with support for Full HD+ display, while the Snapdragon 429 includes support for 16MP single-camera and 8MP+8MP dual-cameras with the HD+ display. The first is a Snapdragon 632 mobile platform, a successor to the Snapdragon 626 chipset.

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. To help device makers bring exciting kid watches more efficiently and cost-effectively, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.is working with a number of original design manufacturers (ODMs) on 4G kid watch designs. They are also AI capable with support for Qualcomm Neural Processing SDK and Android NN. The Qualcomm® Snapdragon WearTM 2500 platform is created to deliver a robust foundation with extended battery life, an integrated sensor hub with pre-optimized algorithms, low power location tracking, and the company's fifth generation 4G LTE modem, and optimized version of Android for kids. The X9 LTE Modem supports carrier aggregation for faster data speeds.

It promises a 40% increase in performance compared to the Snapdragon 625 SoC, which Qualcomm says is possible thanks to the Kryo 250 CPU and Adreno 506 GPU. The dual cameras bring support for real-time bokeh and wide-angle. The chipset can handle a full HD+ display. The new entries include the Snapdragon 429, 439 and 632, which supplant the Snapdragon 425, 430 and 626 respectively. The processors come with AI capabilities that enhance the camera, voice, and security experience. 5 LTE for uplink and Cat. Meanwhile, the Snapdragon 429 scales to an Adreno 504 GPU, for up to 50 percent improvement in graphics rendering, Qualcomm claims.

Still, "rich messaging and integrated learning experiences" will be powered by "high-performance" quad-core A7 processors and an "Adreno-class" graphics engine, with support for "popular" AI-based voice assistants also in tow, and "fifth generation" 4G LTE technologies. Even though it provides processors for wearables, the company clearly sees a big opportunity in tailoring its technology for the fast-growing kids smartwatch market.

Since it is based on an advanced FinFET it delivers lower power that results in better battery life as well as more feature integration and thinner phones with larger batteries.

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