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New Snapdragon platforms to improve phone performance

Qualcomms announces Snapdragon updates that will bring advanced features to mid-market phones

New Snapdragon platforms to improve phone performance
Qualcomm has launched three new additions to its 400 and 600 series mobile platforms.

Qualcomm Technologies has announced three new additions to its Snapdragon 600 and 400 series of mobile platforms to bring improved power performance and new features to mass market smartphones.

The Snapdragon 632, 439 and 429 system-on-a-chip platforms are intended to bring higher performance, better battery life, more efficient designs, impressive graphics and artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities into the highest-selling Snapdragon tiers.

There are currently over 1,350 commercial devices based on Snapdragon 600 and 2,300 based on Snapdragon 400, that have been announced by OEMs, and the company said that the new releases will bring high-end features to more affordable, mid-market handsets.

"The introduction of Snapdragon 632, 439 and 429 builds off Qualcomm Technologies' highest- selling mobile platforms and provides users with increased performance and power efficiency, superior graphics, AI capabilities and enhanced connectivity features," said Kedar Kondap, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. "We're excited to offer these new platforms with enhanced features to our OEMs and consumers."

The new Snapdragon 632 will enable features such as mainstream gaming, 4K video capture, artificial intelligence, and fast LTE speeds. Built on advanced FinFET process technology, the Snapdragon 632 boasts up to 40% higher performance thanks to the combination of the Qualcomm Kryo 250 CPU and Qualcomm Adreno 506 GPU.

The platform supports either single 24MP camera or dual 13MP cameras, while display resolutions can scale up to FHD+. For fast cellular speeds, the Snapdragon 632 also includes the X9 LTE modem, which supports LTE Advanced technologies like carrier aggregation.

The new Snapdragon 439 and 429 Mobile Platforms were created to help deliver popular mobile experiences for mass market, price-sensitive consumers. Both platforms are equipped with artificial intelligence capabilities that enhance the camera, voice, and security experience. Built with FinFET process technology advancements, the Snapdragon 39 and 429 Mobile Platforms improve CPU performance and power efficiency by up to 25%3. They both feature the established X6 LTE modem for fast downloads, smooth video streams, and near seamless web browsing. Snapdragon 439 is equipped with an octa-core CPU and includes the Adreno 505 GPU with up to 20% faster graphics rendering.

The Snapdragon 429 scales to an Adreno 504 GPU, for up to a whopping 50% improvement in graphics rendering. Snapdragon 439 features 21MP single-camera and 8+8MP dual-cameras along with support for FHD+ display, while the Snapdragon 429 includes 16MP single-camera and 8+8MP dual-cameras with HD+ display.

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