New Snapdragon 450 brings 14nm process to the entry-level segment
While competitors flounder in the dark, Qualcomm just keeps getting things right. We had the new Snapdragon 660 released just a while ago, with quite mindblowing results, bringing flagship-level performance to the mid-range segment. The company isn't one to rest on its laurels, though, as they've gone a step further, only this time from mid-range to entry-level. The new Snapdragon 450 will be just that: an entry-level processor that offers mid-range performance and efficiency.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625 has achieved fame as the go-to SoC for mid-rangers, as it uses a 14nm manufacturing process for improved power efficiency. It has powered hugely popular releases like the Redmi Note 4, Asus Zenfone 3, and the Lenovo Vibe P2. The new Snapdragon 450 will be, for all intents and purposes, an underclocked Snapdragon 625, much like the Snapdragon 660 is a reportedly less powerful variant of the Snapdragon 835. It carries 8 Cortex-A53 cores which run at an unknown clock speed, and a GPU running at a core speed of 600MHz.
This could be a game-changing SoC for the entry-level segment, as it means budget devices can run with little to no lag, while getting the very best of power efficiency. Hopefully, this forces the competition out of their comfort zones.