The Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 Mobile Platform has brought in a lot of power in the low-end Snapdragon 400 tier. If you’re looking to buy a smartphone which has the Snapdragon 450 SOC, then you’ve arrived at the right place. A system-on-chip is one of the most important components of a mobile device and is responsible for its performance, speed, stability, connectivity, and a lot more.
One of the biggest changes Qualcomm has done in this Processor is bringing the 14nm FinFET fabrication. This change will make the smartphones power-efficient, and hence it will enhance the Battery life. The other benefit of this process is that it will make the phones slightly faster due to the decrease in the gap between semiconductors inside a CPU. Snapdragon 450 also has a better GPU and Modem than its predecessor. Let’s first talk about the specification, and then we will benchmark and review this Mobile Processor by Qualcomm.
|Launch Date||29th June 2017|
|Core Configuration||8x Cortex-A53 up to 1.8 GHz|
|Memory Type||Single-Channel LPDDR3|
The specification of SD 430 is a lot similar to that of Snapdragon 625. You can better say that this CPU is an underclocked version of SD 625. It is an Octa-Core CPU with eight ARM Cortex-A53 cores which can go upto 1.8GHz frequency. But the maximum frequency of Snapdragon 625 is 2.0GHz. The predecessor (Qualcomm Snapdragon 435) also used eight Cortex-A53 cores but those run of 1.4 GHz frequency.
Coming to the Graphics Processor, it uses the powerful Adreno 506 GPU which we have already reviewed a few months back. Do check out our review of Adreno 506 to learn more about the gaming capabilities of this SOC. It uses Single-Channel LPDDR3 RAM and the Hexagon 546 DSP. Coming to the Modem, it has the Qualcomm X9 LTE Modem just like the Snapdragon 435 and 625. This Modem supports a download speed of up to 300 Mbps. It also supports Fast Charging with the help of Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0 technology. However, it is the choice of manufacturer whether or not to implement fast charging in their smartphones.
Some other changes include the support for better Dual-cameras up to 13+13 Megapixels. This feature enhances the real-time bokeh effect, and the dual ISP (Image Signal Processor) ensures better Image Processing capabilities. It supports Bluetooth version 4.1, and the USB version is 3.0.
The major improvements done in this Processor can easily be observed in the above picture. The 14nm manufacturing ensures four extra hours of smartphone use as compared to the Snapdragon 435. Even though the CPU cores of both these Processors are same, the higher clock speed makes it 25% faster. This SOC also supports 60fps video recording and playback. Just like the CPU performance, the GPU performance is also boosted by 25%.
As Snapdragon 450 devices are yet to launch, we will have to wait till Q4 2017 to obtain the Benchmark Score from most used Benchmarking Tools like Antutu and GeekBench. Once the OEM’s launch Snapdragon 450 Devices, we will update this thread with benchmark scores. However, as per our estimation, the scores will be similar to Snapdragon 625. The Antutu Score of devices running on this System-on-chip is expected to be around 60K.
As I’ve mentioned earlier, this processor is a lot similar to Snapdragon 625 in the specification. A slight difference in the clock speeds won’t cause a significant change in the performance. We all know how good the Snapdragon 625 is in performance and we do expect the same for Snapdragon 450 as well. To get an idea of the performance of Snapdragon 625, check out these comparisons:
The above articles should give you a better idea of the performance, and the same could apply for SD 450 as well. Now it is time to discuss this Processor’s capabilities in-depth I’ll rate it in each category.
The performance of a SOC mainly depends on the CPU Core used, No. of cores, the Core Frequency. This Processor using eight ARM Cortex-A53 Cores that can go up to a frequency of 1.8GHz. Compared to the other cores like Cortex-A72 of Snapdragon 650/652/653, Cortex-A53 cores are weaker, but there’s no task which they can’t handle. There will be a lot of difference in benchmark scores however not that much in real-world performance. Rest I can assure that the phones won’t lag while performing daily life tasks.
2) Power Efficiency
The power efficiency depends on how much power the Processor consumes. As SD 450 is built using the 14nm manufacturing Process, it consumes low-power. This, in turn, results in better Battery Life, Improved Performance, and negligible CPU throttling. As there won’t be any throttling issues, the phone is unlikely to heat even while performing heavy tasks such as gaming.
When we talk about Gaming, the GPU plays the major role, and here, in this case, we have the Adreno 506 GPU. This Graphics Processing Unit delivers decent performance on paper when it comes to real-world performance; it performs exceptionally well. As the 14nm Process reduces throttling, this could indirectly impact in the performance of this GPU. It can handle every Android game with ease on a 1080p Display.
4) Price to Performance Ratio
Being a low-end Processor from Snapdragon 400 tier, there’s no doubt that it offers the best value for money. The other similar low-end Processors from MediaTek are nowhere near the competition. Without any doubt, this one will get a 5-star rating.
5) Other Features
Qualcomm has also included a Faster Modem and better Camera support, and this one also has better connectivity with USB 3.0. Qualcomm has also added the Fast Charging Support. Unfortunately, this one still uses Single-Channel LPDDR3 RAM but expecting Dual-Channel and LPDDR4 RAM at this price will be too much.
Undoubtedly, Qualcomm has brought up the performance of low-end Processors to a whole new level with the launch of Snapdragon 450. They’ve simply brought the performance of mid-budget phones to the low-end ones. 2018 is surely going to be an exciting year for low-end as well as a mid-range phone as they will be running on much better Processors like SD 450, Snapdragon 630 and Snapdragon 660.
So, at last, I will say that it is a great Processor which can low-end phones even better. However, the SOC or the Processor shouldn’t be the only factor before any phone. Look at every specification, compare the phone, watch the reviews and then make a decision. If you need any help with selecting the right smartphone, you can always comment on the article, and I’ll reply you as soon as I can.