At Mobile World Congress Shanghai, Qualcomm introduced 12nm Snapdragon 439, and Snapdragon 429 Mobile Platforms for enhanced budget smartphone experiences.
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 429, and Snapdragon 439, and how they’ll enhance the next generation of low-end budget smartphones series such as Xiaomi’s Redmi, Moto E, Nokia 1-5, etc.
The New Baby Snapdragons
The 400 series mobile platforms are designed to support day-to-day mobile experiences for mainstream smartphone buyers who want exceptional value. What sets the new Snapdragon 429 and Snapdragon 439 apart from previous generations is that they’re built on a more advanced TSMC’s 12nm FinFET process technology, compared to the age old 28nm process. 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 429 and Snapdragon 439 raise the bar for battery life, with up to 25% less power usage and 25% higher performance. Both platforms also feature the Snapdragon X6 LTE Cat. 4/5 modem, which supports download speeds up to 150 Mbps / upload speeds up to 75 Mbps, and Dual-SIM / Dual VoLTE voice and data connection.
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 quad-core CPU based on ARM Cortex-A53 also clocked at 1.95GHz, and an Adreno 504 GPU, for rendering graphics up to 50% 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, and can display photos and videos in HD+ (1440 x 720) and capture videos up to 1080p at 30fps.
The two new 400 series processors also have their own unique improvements. The Snapdragon 439, for example, is equipped with an octa-core CPU based on ARM Cortex-A53 clocked at 1.95GHz, and its Adreno 505 GPU renders graphics up to 20% faster. The platform also supports dual ISP up to 21MP single, or dual cameras at 8MP each, and can display photos and videos in Full HD+ (2160 x 1080) and capture videos up to 1080p at 30fps.
Other improvements include support for Bluetooth 5.0 with aptX, Qualcomm’s high-fidelity Aqstic Audio Codec, Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, etc.