Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 14nm, Snapdragon 439 and 429 12nm Mobile Platforms with Dual VoLTE, AI capabilities announced


Qualcomm just announced the Snapdragon 632, 439 and 429 Mobile Platforms as new additions to Snapdragon 600 and 400 tiers. These promise better performance, better battery life, more efficient designs, impressive graphics and artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities, and are targeted at mid-range and budget devices. Compared to Cortex A53 CPUs on the Snapdragon 630, the Snapdragon 632 now uses Qualcomm’s custom Kryo 250 CPUs combined with X9 LTE modem. This promises 40% higher performance compared to Snapdragon 625/626. It is based on 14nm process technology.

Highlights of Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 Mobile Platform

  • Octa-Core – Quad 1.8GHz Kryo 250 Performance + Quad 1.8GHz Kryo 250 Efficiency CPUs
  • 14nm FinFET process technology
  • Integrated X9 LTE, Snapdragon All Mode with support for LTE FDD, LTE TDD, LTE Broadcast, WCDMA (DB-DC-HSDPA, DC-HSUPA), TD-SCDMA, CDMA 1x, EV-DO, GSM/EDGE
  • Cat 12/13 speeds of up to 300 Mbps down/150 Mbps up via 2×20 MHz uplink and downlink carrier aggregation, Up to 64-QAM
  • Dual SIM Dual VoLTE (DSDV), Next-generation Calling Services, VoLTE with SRVCC to 3G and 2G, Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) with LTE call continuity, HD and Ultra HD Voice (EVS)
  • Qualcomm Adreno 506 GPU
  • Hexagon 546 DSP with Qualcomm All-Ways Aware technology
  • 2x Image Sensor Processor (ISP) 14-bit – Up to 24 MP single camera, Up to 13 MP dual camera
  • Zero Shutter Lag, Hybrid Autofocus, Optical Zoom, Real-time bokeh
  • Supports up to FHD+ displays
  • 4K Ultra HD capture at 30fps, Up to 1080p video capture at 120 FPS,  H.265 (HEVC), H.264 (AVC), VP8, VP9

The Snapdragon 439 with Octa-Core Cortex A53 CPUs and Adreno 505 GPU promise 25% better performance,  and 20% faster graphics rendering  compared to Snapdragon 430, while the Snapdragon 429 with Quad-Core Cortex A53 CPUs and Adreno 504 GPU promise 25% better performance,  and 50% faster graphics rendering compared to Snapdragon 425. These have artificial intelligence capabilities that enhance the camera, voice, and security experience. All these have Qualcomm Quick Charge technology, but the company has not revealed the version.

Highlights of Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 Mobile Platform

  • Octa-Core – Quad 1.95GHz Cortex A53 + Quad 1.45GHz Cortex A53 CPUs
  • 12nm FinFET process technology
  • Integrated X6 LTE with Snapdragon All Mode with support for LTE FDD, LTE TDD, LTE Broadcast, WCDMA (DB-DC-HSDPA, DC-HSUPA), TD-SCDMA, CDMA 1x, EV-DO, GSM/EDGE
  • Cat 5/4 speeds of up to 150 Mbps down via 2×10 MHz downlink carrier aggregation, Up to 64-QAM /75 Mbps up 1×20 MHz uplink carrier aggregation, Up to 64-QAM
  • Dual SIM Dual VoLTE (DSDV), Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) with LTE call continuity, HD Voice over 3G and VoLTE
  • Adreno 505 GPU, OpenGL ES 3.1+, Vulkan
  • Hexagon 536 DSP with Qualcomm All-Ways Aware technology
  • Supports up to FHD+ displays, up to 1080p wireless display
  • 2x Image Sensor Processor (ISP) 14-bit – Up to 21 MP single camera, Up to 8MP dual camera
  • 1080p capture at 30fps, Up to 1080p video playback,  H.265 (HEVC), H.264 (AVC), VP8

Highlights of Qualcomm Snapdragon 429 Mobile Platform

  • Up to 1.95GHz Quad-Core ARM Cortex A53 CPUs
  • 12nm FinFET process technology
  • Integrated X6 LTE with Snapdragon All Mode with support for LTE FDD, LTE TDD, LTE Broadcast, WCDMA (DB-DC-HSDPA, DC-HSUPA), TD-SCDMA, CDMA 1x, EV-DO, GSM/EDGE
  • Cat 5/4 speeds of up to 150 Mbps down via 2×10 MHz downlink carrier aggregation, Up to 64-QAM /75 Mbps up 1×20 MHz uplink carrier aggregation, Up to 64-QAM
  • Dual SIM Dual VoLTE (DSDV), Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) with LTE call continuity, HD Voice over 3G and VoLTE
  • Adreno 504 GPU, OpenGL ES 3.1+, Vulkan
  • Hexagon 536 DSP with Qualcomm All-Ways Aware technology
  • Supports up to HD+ displays, up to 1080p wireless display
  • 2x Image Sensor Processor (ISP) 14-bit – Up to 16 MP single camera, Up to 8MP dual camera
  • 1080p capture at 30fps, Up to 1080p video playback,  H.265 (HEVC), H.264 (AVC), VP8

The Snapdragon 632, 439 and 429 are software compatible, as well as with Snapdragon 626, 625 and 450. The Snapdragon 439 and 429 are pin- and software-compatible. Snapdragon 632, 439 and 429 powered devices are expected to launch in the second half of 2018.


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