New ARM Mali-450 GPU to bring enhanced graphics performance to smartphones on a budget

New ARM Mali-450 GPU to bring enhanced graphics performance to smartphones on a budget
The chip designers from ARM don't sit still, even though they've cornered almost the entire mobile market. They lifted the veil at an industry conference over the Mali-450 graphics processor, which at the same clock speeds will be twice faster than the Mali-400, that is in the Samsung Galaxy S II, since it will have eight instead of four cores.

This will put its performance on par with the overclocked Mali-400 in the Galaxy S III, and, of course, manufacturers can overclock Mali-450 in its turn to achieve a significant performance boost. 

The new GPU is aimed towards volume markets, since the high-end for future smartphones and tablets with ARM chips is reserved for Mali-T604 and the scorching Mali-T658, both of which will support the upcoming OpenGL ES 3.0 environment, while Mali-450 won't.

The 6xx series with the Midgard architecture will be replaced in its turn with something called Skrymir, circa 2014, and we don't even dare to imagine the possibilities of that one. Mali-450, however, will bring powerful graphics to mid-range phones that won't break the bank, and we are all for that.

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14 Comments

1. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

include this on the new xperia play 2

2. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

If this GPU is on the galaxy s4.... OMG.

3. Mitchel

Posts: 228; Member since: May 25, 2012

No.. I think Galaxy S IV will packed with Exynos 5250 CPU + Mali T604 GPU together with HD SAMOLED+ and 2 GB RAM.. lol

5. groupsacc

Posts: 232; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Re-read the article. Mali-450 is geared towards the "volume market", i.e. more budgety phones. Flagship phones, like Galaxy S4 and Note2 should expect Mali-T6xx series.

4. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Probably it's Galaxy Note 10.1's GPU. That's great but I expected Mali-604T more.

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

wow, they have a whole Viking legends thing going on. mali, skyrymir, midguard. :) Flagships are going mali 6xx. this is for midgrade phones. Thats awesome, as its one heck of a processor. the bad news is, that means that the OC'ed mali400 in the SGS3 is going to be considered "midgrade" soon. Which is also kinda neat since its top of the pile right now.

7. Mitchel

Posts: 228; Member since: May 25, 2012

Yes.. But i do think that the upcoming iPhone will regain its top spot on GPU department (PowerVR543MP2).. Then the Galaxy S4 will beat it again, and the cycle goes on.. GPU is a two man horse right now, it's either Galaxy S series or iPhone.. with Tegra 3 on the 3rd spot only because of their Tegra games optimization.. I'm starting to think that Galaxy S III was just an incredimental upgrade to S II, and the Galaxy S IV will be the real deal.

8. imPhilip

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

The overclocked Mali 400MP in Galaxy S3 beats the iPhone 4S SGX543MP2 and the future iPhone 5 SGX543MP2, I doubt they need a more powerful GPU Apple. Plus they wouldn't care if they took the lead anyways. The Adreno 320 is a beast though, similar performance to SGX543MP4. GLBenchmark shows it all.

9. Mitchel

Posts: 228; Member since: May 25, 2012

Don't get me wrong, i already knew that SGS III's OC'ed Mali 400 GPU already bested the iPhone 4s' PowerVR GPU, but what i was just saying is Apple could easily overclocked it & call it a day.

10. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Ss can overclock their SoC but still increase the power-efficient by 20%, while the opposite thing is not true when Apple wanna oc their gpu.

11. A.aoudi

Posts: 125; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

This will be good for the next galaxy note. Nokia is also a very big ARM fan and use the ARM 11 in so many phones. I think its time for them to use the mali 450 instead of the broadcom gpus they use but i doubt it and ad far as i can see Samsung is the top potential customer

12. MrNobodyWTB

Posts: 27; Member since: Jan 03, 2012

But..... Can it run Crysis?

13. Sangeet

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

Budget Phones still use the Adreno 200.. Please someone launch a decent GPU to replace that age old Adreno 2000

14. tubieso

Posts: 6; Member since: Jun 17, 2012

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