Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SoC for Mid-Range Devices, Snapdragon Wear 1200 Platform Launched

At MWC Shanghai 2017, Qualcomm announced a host of new offerings, the most notable being the Snapdragon 450 Mobile Platform meant for mid-range smartphones and tablets. The chip brings upgrades over the Snapdragon 435 SoC in terms of battery life, imaging, and gaming performance as well. Alongside, the company also announced the new Snapdragon Wear 1200 platform and even highlighted the new Xiaotiancai Z3 kid smartwatch based on Snapdragon Wear 2100.

Snapdragon 450
Starting with the new Snapdragon 450 Mobile Platform, the SoC sports an octa-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU chips built on the 14nm FinFET process that results in 25 percent increase in compute performance compared to its predecessor Snapdragon 435. Additionally, the integrated Adreno 506 GPU delivers a 25 percent increase in graphics performance over the Snapdragon 435. The Snapdragon 450 is claimed to offer up to 4 hours more battery life than its predecessor as well as up to a 30 percent reduction in power consumption when gaming. It supports LTE Cat. 6 connectivity with its Snapdragon X9 LTE modem, up to full-HD+ (1440×2160 pixels) resolution, USB 3.0, and Quick Charge 3.0 (zero to 80 percent in about 35 minutes) as well. It also comes with support for a large number of mobile networks with Snapdragon All Mode, and 802.11ac with MU-MIMO support.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SoC for Mid-Range Devices, Snapdragon Wear 1200 Platform Launched

Qualcomm also notes that this is the first chip in the Snapdragon 400 Mobile Platform tier to support real-time Bokeh. This means that portrait mode could arrive on mid-range smartphones as well, and real-time Bokeh will allow you to just see exactly how your photo looks before taking the picture. It is also designed to support for enhanced dual camera at two 13-megapixel sensors, or single camera support up to 21-megapixel; hybrid autofocus; and 1080p video capture and playback at up to 60fps, enabling slow motion capture. The Snapdragon 450 also includes support for Qualcomm Hexagon DSP, which is claimed to enable multimedia, camera, and sensor processing at greater performance and lower power than the previous generation.

Expect companies like Xiaomi, Vivo, and Oppo to take advantage of the Snapdragon 450 and launch mid-range smartphones packed with features. The Snapdragon 450 is expected to begin commercial sampling to customers in the third quarter, and is expected to be available in consumer devices by the end of 2017.

Snapdragon Wear 1200 Platform
A new wearable chipset – Snapdragon Wear 1200 – was also launched at MWC Shanghai. Successor to the Snapdragon Wear 1100, the chip is meant for Internet-connected wearables, fitness bands, as well as tracker bands for kids, pets, and elders. The size of the chip is 45 percent smaller (79mm) than the predecessor and it supports LTE Cat. M1/NB1 connectivity that allows low-power wearables to enable 4G without using too much battery power. Location features include support for GPS, GLONASS, Gallileo and BeiDou constellations, low power geo-fencing, and Qualcomm Technologies’ cloud based location services with comprehensive global terrestrial positioning using Wi-Fi and cellular service.

The Snapdragon Wear 1200 also features an integrated applications processor for Linux and ThreadX based applications and is scalable to support voice over LTE, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. It comes with Qualcomm Secure Execution Environment, a hardware cryptographic engine, hardware random number generator and TrustZone for privacy and security. The Snapdragon Wear 1200 is shipping today, and devices with this chip will arrive in the market in the last two quarters.

Xiaotiancai Z3 kid smartwatch based on Snapdragon Wear 2100
Qualcomm also announced the Xiaotiancai Z3 smartwatch for children running on Snapdragon Wear 2100. One of its key features is that it is swimming-level waterproof, supports 4G multi-mode with bi-directional calling and delivers reliable indoor and outdoor positioning through a combination of Wi-Fi, GPS and 4G location triangulation techniques. The Z3 is based on Android, and is designed to seamlessly communicate with parents’ phones for constant know-how of kids’ whereabouts. The Xiaotiancai Z3 is expected to be available in China in July.

 

Samsung Galaxy J7 Max with 8-Core CPU now available at Rs 17,900: Threat to mid-range smartphones

Talking about the Galaxy J7 Max, the smartphone comes with the support to the mobile payment solution – Samsung Pay. The highlight is that this is the first smartphone to arrive with the compatibility to Samsung Pay in the mid-range market segment. Notably, it has the Samsung Pay Mini, which misses out on a few features than its higher-end platform. (edited) Apart from this, the Galaxy J7 Max has the Smart Glow mode that encloses the rear camera. This ring can be customized to provide notifications. Today, we are here to list out some mid-range smartphones that might face the heat due to the launch of the Galaxy J7 Max. Take a look at these devices from below. Stay tuned to GizBot for more updates! ZTE Nubia Z17 Mini Buy At price of Rs 19,999 Key Specs 5.2-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) Full HD 2.5D curved glass display with 1500:1 contrast ratio Octa Core Snapdragon 652 / 653 processor with Adreno 510 GPU 4GB / 6GB RAM 64GB storage expandable memory up to 200GB with microSD Nubia UI 4.0 based on Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) Hybrid Dual SIM (micro + nano/microSD) 13MP (monochrome) + 13MP (RGB) dual rear cameras 16MP front-facing camera Fingerprint sensor 4G VoLTE 2950mAh battery with fast charging Honor 8 Lite Buy At price of Rs 15,950 Key Specs 5.2-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) Full HD 2.5D curved glass display Octa-core Kirin 655 ( 4 x 2.1GHz + 4 x 1.7GHz) 16nm processor with Mali T830-MP2 GPU 4GB LPDDR3 RAM 64GB storage expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD Android 7.0 (Nougat) with EMUI 5.0 Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano/microSD) 12MP rear camera with LED flash 8MP front-facing camera, 77° wide-angle lens Fingerprint sensor 4G VoLTE 3000mAh battery Vivo V5s Buy At price of Rs 17,498 Key Specs 5.5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD display with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection Octa-Core MediaTek MT6750 (4 x 1.5GHz A53 + 4 x 1.0GHz A53) processor with Mali T860 GPU 4GB RAM 64GB internal memory expandable memory up to 256GB Hybrid Dual SIM (micro + nano/microSD) Funtouch OS 3.0 based on Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) 13MP rear camera with LED Flash, PDAF, f/2.2 aperture 20MP front-facing camera with Moonlight Flash 4G VoLTE 3000mAh battery Samsung Galaxy On Nxt 64GB Buy At price of Rs 15,900 Key Specs 5.5-inch (1920×1080 pixels) Full HD display with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass protection 1.6GHz Octa-Core Exynos 7870 processor with Mali T830 GPU 3GB RAM ’32GB / 64GB Internal Storage expandable memory up to 256GB via micro SD card Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow) Dual SIM 13MP rear camera with LED flash, f/1.9 aperture 8MP front camera, f/1.9 aperture 4G VoLTE 3300mAh battery

Samsung Galaxy J7 Max Available at Rs 17,900: threat to other phones

Sony Xperia XA1 Buy At price of Rs 19,380 Key Specs 5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD edge-to-edge borderless display with Image Enhance Technology 2.3GHz MediaTek Helio P20 Octa-Core 64-bit 16nm processor with ARM Mali T880 MP2 GPU 3GB RAM 32GB internal memory expandable memory up to 256GB via microSD card Android 7.0 (Nougat) Dual SIM 23MP rear camera with LED flash 8MP auto focus Sony IMX219 front-facing camera 4G VoLTE 2300mAh battery LG Stylus 3 Buy At price of Rs 16,800 Key Specs 5.7-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) In-cell Touch 2.5D curved glass IPS display 1.5 GHz Octa-Core MediaTek MT6750 64-bit processor with Mali T860 GPU 3GB RAM 16GB Internal memory expandable memory up to 2TB with microSD Android 7.0 (Nougat) 13MP rear camera 8MP front-facing camera Fingerprint sensor Stylus Pen 4G LTE 3200mAh removable battery Lenovo P2 Buy At price of Rs 14,999 Key Specs 5.5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) Full HD Super AMOLED display, 100% NTSC color gamut 2GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 625 14nm processor with Adreno 506 GPU 3GB / 4GB RAM 32GB internal memory expandable memory with microSD Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow) Hybrid Dual SIM (nano+nano/microSD) 13MP rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, 5MP front-facing camera, f/2.2 aperture 4G VoLTE 5100mAh built-in battery with fast charging HTC Desire 10 Pro Buy At price of Rs Rs 20,591 Key Specs 5.5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) Full HD IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass Protection 1.8 GHz Octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 processor with up to 550MHz Mali T860 GPU 3GB/4GB RAM 32GB/64GB internal storage expandable memory up to 2TB with microSD Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) with HTC Sense UI Dual Nano SIMs 20MP rear camera with dual LED flash 13MP front-facing camera 4G LTE 3000mAh battery Asus Zenfone 3 Max ZC553KL Buy At price of Rs 15,070 Key Specs 5.2-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) 2.5D curved glass display 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737 64-bit processor with Mali-T720 GPU 3GB LPDDR3 RAM 32GB internal storage expandable memory with microSD Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) with Zen UI 3.0 Hybrid Dual SIM (Micro + nano/microSD) 13MP rear camera with LED flash, 5P Largan lens 5MP front-facing camera 4100mAh (non-removable) battery Xiaomi Mi Max Prime Buy At price of Rs 19,999 Key Specs 6.44-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) Full HD IPS 2.5D curved glass display with 1000 Octa Core Snapdragon 652 processor with Adreno 510 GPU 4GB RAM 128GB internal storage expandable memory with microSD MIUI based on Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) Hybrid Dual SIM (micro+nano/microSD) 16MP rear camera with dual-tone LED Flash 5MP front-facing camera 4G LTE with VoLTE 4850mAh (typical) / 4760mAh (minimum) battery