Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 450 chip aims for speed and battery life on a budget

As it has already twice this year, Qualcomm is introducing another so-called platform, a catch-all for its Snapdragon chips that power so many smartphones and tablets today.

This one, the Snapdragon 450, is aimed at budget phones, and aims to introduce a number of efficiency upgrades to help low-cost devices last all day like their mid-range and high-end rivals.

The platform is now built on a 14nm process, similar to the well-received Snapdragon 625 and recently-introduced 630, which Qualcomm says should give it up to four hours of additional battery life on equivalent tasks over the Snapdragon 435, which is built on 28nm.

Inside, up to eight Cortex-A53 cores at 1.8GHz keep things cool while moving smoothly, and the Adreno 506 is a very minor bump over the 505 inside the Snapdragon 435, though Qualcomm says, with thermal benefits and a minor clock speed bump the Adreno 506 should be up to 25% faster.

It's clear that the performance upgrades are going to be of secondary importance to the story of this product compared to the battery gains, which should amount to up to 50% in some cases. The Snapdragon 450 also offers real-time bokeh through its support for dual cameras, the first in the 400-series.

On a connectivity side, the Snapdragon 450 supports Quick Charge 3.0, USB 3.0, displays up to 1080p, 1080p video capture at 60fps, and download speeds up to 300Mbps using the X9 baseband.

Look for devices to begin shipping with the new part in Q4 of this year.

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Daniel Bader

Daniel Bader was a former Android Central Editor-in-Chief and Executive Editor for iMore and Windows Central. 

  • So this is like the 625 of the 4xx range? How come the high end chipsets come with bad battery life? I would downgrade to get the SOT of these snapdragon 625 phones.
  • Because the high end chips are more power hungry and more capable than the 400 and 600 series chips. It's a trade off
  • The Snapdragon 625/626/630 is fast enough for the majority of users. Where it fails, is the chips ISP (image signal processor). The 630 got a newer ISP versus the 625/626. Hopefully the ISP in the 630 can get closer to flagship level picture quality. With that said, I'm never buying a flagship again and will only look for phones with a 625/626/630 because of its speed and insane battery efficiency. With the Snapdragon 450 now everyone can get a good android experience at every price level.
  • What's the difference between the 625/626/630 and the old 800/801 in terms of performance?
  • 625/626/630 is like a SD810 without the thermal throttling. The new 660 is like an 820.
  • I have a backup running on a SD430. Honestly, it's more than enough for many normal daily tasks, and has good battery life to boot on a 2700mAh battery. The 450 should do significantly better.
  • 1 SOC, various clock speeds and efficiency - rebranded and resold year after year to the same peons and credulous consumers...review mobile tech in just the last say 10-15 years "This phone is so fast" "This is the fastest phone ever" "This phone is so slow" etc.... Blah blah blah
  • Yes, we are all tired of the A53 only platform. Drop a big core in there Qualcomm! This SoC maker needs to shake up its business rather than release the same thing over and over.