There was a day and time when low-end Snapdragon processors featured two cores and mid-range Snapdragons featured quad-cores. That was years ago now; few would take a dual-core device seriously in 2018. To continue the pace of innovation in the system-on-a-chip (SoC) segment, processor maker Qualcomm is announcing its new mid-range and low-end processors: the Snapdragon 632, Snapdragon 439, and Snapdragon 429.
Snapdragon 632 follows the 630; 439 and 429 succeed the 435 and 425
The Snapdragon 632, 439, and 429 are all successors of the 630, 435, and 425 processors. The Snapdragon 439 and 429 bring FinFET architecture to the low end. Samsung manufactures the high-end Snapdragon 845 for Qualcomm that features FinFET architecture. The 632 brings big cores to the mid-range, with four Kryo CA73 cores and four Kryo CA53 cores that bring not only power but also efficiency to the experience.
Snapdragon 632, 439, 429: cores, performance, graphics
The Snapdragon 632 features nothing but Qualcomm’s 250 CPU. The Snapdragons 439 and 429 feature eight ARM Cortex A53 cores and four ARM Cortex A53 cores. The low-end now features four cores as opposed to the two cores I witnessed when entering into tech journalism some seven years ago.
Additionally, all these mid-range and low-end SoCs leave room for dual camera combos from 8MP to 13MP (single cameras as high as 24MP) with “HD+” and “Full HD+” graphics. The new 632 brings a performance boost of up to 40% (as opposed to the 630) while the 439 and 429 see up to 25% performance increases from the 435 and 425.
These new SoCs are under 2Ghz in speed, but a new Snapdragon 680 spotted on Geekbench last month has speeds up to 2.15Ghz, six cores, and is the successor of the hexa-core Snapdragon 650.
Snapdragon manufacturers: Samsung, TSMC
One can see the new FinFET architecture of high-end SoCs brought over to these mid-to-low-end processors and assume that Samsung is the only one at work behind them. Actually, that’s not true. Samsung is responsible for the Snapdragon 632 but TSMC is the maker of the 439 and 429. It is this TSMC that has overtaken Samsung as Qualcomm’s supplier in 2019 for the high-end 800 series.
Snapdragon 439 and 429: Android Go chipsets?
The low-end Snapdragon 439 and 429 are said to be Android Go chipsets, dedicated chipsets for Google’s optimized entry-level Android smartphones. According to Winfuture’s Roland Quandt, Qualcomm will replace its popular Snapdragon 200 series with its 400 series. The benefit of these 400-series chipsets is that Android Go devices will receive the latest Android updates will little delay. This is something akin to what Project Treble is trying to accomplish at the high-end.
The Snapdragon 632, 439, and 429 will see a market release later this year. A rumor says that Xiaomi is discontinuing its Mi Note line and would release the Redmi Note 5, bearing the Snapdragon 632, this year. The Redmi Note 5 was released back in February bearing the Snapdragon 625 instead.