Qualcomm's three new Snapdragon chipsets bring dual cameras, AI and more to lower priced phones

Qualcomm's three new Snapdragon chipsets bring dual cameras, AI and more to lower priced phones
Qualcomm is adding three new chipsets to its lineup, the Snapdragon 429, Snapdragon 439 and the Snapdragon 632 Mobile Platforms. The Snapdragon 400 and 600 series chipsets are the best selling tiers for Qualcomm; manufacturers have already announced 1,350 commercial devices based on Snapdragon 600-tier chipsets, and more than 2,300 commercial devices based on Snapdragon 400-tier chipsets. The new chips will add faster performance, improved battery life, enhanced graphics and AI capabilities to lower priced handsets. They also will allow phone manufacturers to offer dual camera setups on more affordable phones.

The Snapdragon 429 and 439 Mobile Platforms will replace the 425 and 430 SoCs. Built using FinFET architecture, the chips and are said to be up to 25% faster with 25% more energy efficiency. According to Qualcomm, the X6 LTE modem on both chips offers "fast downloads, smooth video streams, and near seamless web browsing." The Snapdragon 429 will support a single 16MP camera or dual 8MP snappers. It also supports an HD+ screen resolution of 720p and includes the Adreno 504 GPU for 50% quicker graphics rendering.

The Snapdragon 439 features an octa-core CPU and can drive a 21MP single camera, or the same 8MP dual camera setup as the 429. It supports displays with an FHD+ 1080p resolution and is equipped with the Adreno 505 GPU for 20% faster graphics rendering.

Built with FinFET architecture, the Snapdragon 632 Mobile Platform is a replacement for the Snapdragon 626 chipset, and is 40% faster than the latter thanks to the Kryo 250 CPU and Adreno 506 GPU employed by the Mobile Platform. It also will support displays running at a resolution of 1080p (FHD), a 24MP camera, or a 13MP dual camera setup. Speaking of cameras, phones powered by the Snapdragon 632 SoC can offer 4K video. The X9 LTE Modem supports carrier aggregation for faster data speeds.

Qualcomm says that commercial devices powered by the Snapdragon 429, 439 and 632 Mobile Platforms will be available in the second half of this year.

source: Qualcomm



1. perry1234

Posts: 654; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Not very impressed. But that’s just because I think it is still better to buy a flagship and use it for 2-3 years rather than buying a mid tier phone and changing it every year.

2. AbhiD

Posts: 885; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

They aren't mid tier processors. They are most likely going to be used in low end phones, costing $80-150 like their predecessors were used by Xiaomi, Asus, Motorola etc. And they aren't here to impress you either. They are here to improve performance in super budget segment.

4. perry1234

Posts: 654; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

That’s cool. There is obviously a market for low end phones and these processors supplement that. The trend I frequently observe though, is that manufacturers don’t implement half the features that Qualcomm puts in its low tier phones. From the manufacturers point of view , if they use these chipsets to their full potential, it will end up affecting the sales of their top tier smartphones. Hence, the experience on actually using a low end smartphone has not changed drastically compared to the chipsets used inside of them. Top end phones , on the other hand , enable all features to their full potential.

3. riteshrkm

Posts: 165; Member since: Apr 15, 2015

It depends when you say 2-3 years with a phone on how u use it. Phones like S7/S7E or 6P or iphone 7 are still very much relevant today. But if U are some one who wants latest technology it becomes irrelevent next yr. plus who doesnt care much about tech they can easily push a mid ranger to mor than 2 yrs too. i have seen ppl doing it with Moto,

5. perry1234

Posts: 654; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Agreed ! Especially about the Moto part. My fiend used his Moto G3 for 2 years. But , then he purchased an S8+ and was surprised by the scale of difference in the tech and the user experience. He plans on sticking with it for 3 more years. From this experience, imho, a smartphone consumer should realize what he is not missing out on each year. That knowledge, is important. Once he has the knowledge, then he can make an informed decision on whether to upgrade or not( or whether to purchase a low end or an high end phone). Regretting is the worst part i think.

10. KingSam

Posts: 1516; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

For a heavy user like myself the battery is the only thing stopping. 2 or 3 year cycle.

6. FreshPrinceOfH

Posts: 81; Member since: Dec 31, 2017

Have you had a look at the price/performance ratio between this years midrange SD660 and last years flagship SD835. I would disagree. Taking into account battery capacity degredation, initial cost and TCO from depreciation, buying a mid range yearly or every 18 months is significantly cheaper than buying a flagship. And by the second year of ownership, a good mid range device such as a xioami mi a1 will be giving better performance and battery life than your 2 year old flagship.

7. Duncdawg26

Posts: 189; Member since: Jan 20, 2017

I think $100 phones is the segment that needs the real improvement and I don't think any of these chips will make it in phones that cheap. Qualcomm always releases new chipsets claiming it will make things cheaper but you don't see those new chipsets in anything below $200 for 1 or 2 years. The Nokia 2 is about the only decent phone at $100 and they could only do sd210. I'm guessing the $100 phone segment isn't a very popular one and oem's probably avoid it for the most part but I think it could use more attention and more help from Qualcomm

11. mmuc3

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 18, 2017

Because semiconductor booms let DRAM and other chip prices getting higher

8. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

I'm little disappointed by SD632 specs replacement for SD626 but I think kryo 250 cpu is same as kryo 260 included in SD636,660.Only it's that being compared to SD626 than SD630 but it's powerful than both SD626,630 due to kryo cpu cores.while gpu is weak but same as SD625,626 and SD429,439 are basically the rebranded SD625 for low end smartphones or budget smartphones from now onwards.So i think all these chips will be use up in budget smartphones.RIP to SD630 being crush by SD632 chips in cpu.Now all those SD625,630 soc devices has become obsolete for me to even consider buying since all these will be available in next 6 month and first half of 2019 unless their succesor get announce around same time like now.Hope Qualcomm has an successor version to SD636 with A75-A55 cortex as 3rd gen kryo hexa core 2+4 on 10nm LPP with 600 series gpu over 2.0Ghz clockspeed in october around same time SD626,636 got announced.Basically an sub version of SD710 if they can make it affordable while next year all these soc successor will get an 5G connectivity for 2020 5G global rollout in all smartphones.

9. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Double post fix the comment section post alan friedman or PA.

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