Jun 26, 2018
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Smartphone users have diverse needs, and Qualcomm Technologies has a suite of mobile platforms for all of them. That means device manufacturers can offer a range of cutting-edge choices from the entry-level 200 series to the premium 800 offerings. The Snapdragon 600 and Snapdragon 400 are two of our most popular tiers — not just for their high performance, but for the high value they deliver.
Since launch, our 600- and 400-level mobile platforms have powered over 1,350 and 2,300 mobile devices, respectively, from OEMs around the world. In fact, the technology meets the diverse needs of so many consumers and carriers around the globe that the list of smartphones powered by these new platforms reads like a who’s who of Android smartphone manufacturers.
Today at MWC Shanghai, we introduced upgrades to these already-popular tiers: the Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, Snapdragon 439, and Snapdragon 429 Mobile Platforms. Among the improved features and performance these new mobile platforms are designed to deliver are better battery life, significant power enhancements, more efficient designs, artificial intelligence capabilities, an impressive camera, and extraordinary graphics, compared to previous generations.
Here’s a closer look at the Snapdragon 632, Snapdragon 439, and Snapdragon 429, and how they’ll enhance the next generation of mid-level mobile devices.
Our 600-tier is feature-rich, engineered to support some of the most sought-after mobile experiences — including some available from our 800 tier — how’s that for value? In a major upgrade from its predecessor, the Snapdragon 632 Mobile Platform brings a Qualcomm Kryo CPU, complete with four performance cores and four efficiency cores designed for fast web browsing, smooth user interfaces, and extended battery life. Its camera ISP supports up to 24MP for a single camera or dual cameras at 13MP each, giving OEMs multiple options for device design.
Snapdragon 632 provides significantly more power over the previous generation Snapdragon 626, with the addition of the Kryo 250 CPU, which boosts performance by up to 40 percent. And thanks to the Qualcomm Adreno 506 GPU, graphics on the Snapdragon 632 deliver stunning results on an FHD+ display, and render up to 10 percent faster, making games and videos load quickly and in brilliant colors.
A Snapdragon X9 LTE modem is integrated into the Snapdragon 632, supporting download speeds up to 300 Mbps. In addition to its power efficiency, the mobile platform supports 10+ hours of video streaming, 10+ hours of gaming, 8+ days of music playback, and 1+ days of talk time.
Our 400-tier mobile platforms are designed to support day-to-day mobile experiences for mainstream smartphone buyers who want exceptional value. What sets the new Snapdragon 439 and Snapdragon 429 apart from previous generations is that they’re built on a more advanced FinFET process technology. This advancement is engineered to provide more flexibility and freedom to OEMs looking to add features and capabilities that can enhance their customers’ mobile experiences.
Additionally, the Snapdragon 439 and Snapdragon 429 raise the bar for battery life, with up to 25 percent less power usage and 25 percent higher performance. Both platforms also feature the Snapdragon X6 modem, which supports download speeds up to 150 Mbps, and Dual SIM Dual VoLTE voice and data connection.
The two new 400-tier processors also have their own unique improvements. The Snapdragon 439, for example, is equipped with an 8-core CPU, and its Adreno 505 GPU renders graphics up to 20 percent faster. The platform also supports a single camera ISP of 21MP, or dual camera at 8MP each, and can display photos and videos in Full HD+.
The Snapdragon 429 features improved power and performance over the previous generation — even for smartphones without all the bells and whistles. The platform has a 4-core CPU and an Adreno 504 GPU, for rendering graphics up to 50 percent faster. The platform enables a 16MP single camera, or dual cameras at 8MP each, offering a variety of lighting and depth modes for dynamic photos and videos.
Across the tiers, these new mobile platforms will help ensure that users find Snapdragon powered devices feature-rich, powerful, energy efficient, and more enjoyable than ever.
The Snapdragon 632, Snapdragon 439, and Snapdragon 429 are expected to be available in commercial devices in the second half of this year.
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