Qualcomm launches a bunch of chips in China

New Snapdragon chips bring dual cameras to more mid-tier phones

Qualcomm announces three new mid-range mobile chipsets: Snapdragon 632, 439, and 429

While all of them have been newly added in the company's Snapdragon 400 and Snapdragon 600 series, none of the SoCs features the best of what the respective lineups have to offer.

Snapdragon 439 and 429: The new Snapdragon 439 and 429 Mobile Platforms are equipped with artificial intelligence capabilities that enhance the camera, voice, and security experience.

The Snapdragon 600 series resulted i over 1350 designs - quite a popular platform at many markets.

The Snapdragon 600 series by Qualcomm is an example of how smartphone manufacturers are shifting their targets to the emerging markets and the mid-range handsets now in the spotlight.

An excerpt from a Qualcomm employee reveals that a Snapdragon premium tier chipset called the SDM1000 will be dedicated for a variety of products, including desktop computers, Microsoft's upcoming Andromeda device, and the next-generation HoloLens. With that being said, Qualcomm says that the new members of the Snapdragon family support the Qualcomm Neural Processing SDK, Android Neural Networks SDK along with Caffe/Caffe2, TensorFlow/TensorFlow Lite and ONNX frameworks.

Last year, Qualcomm took a big step into the world of kids' wearables with the Snapdragon 1200 platform, which was aimed at enabling a generation of fitness trackers for children.

"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". The X9 LTE Modem supports carrier aggregation for faster data speeds. Then for the SD 632, it is 40% better with the Kryo 250 CPU and Adreno 506.

The octa-core 632 is unsurprisingly the headliner, and can support two 13-megapixel rear cameras for those all-important portrait and telephoto shots.

On the display front, it limits upto Full HD+ resolution.

As for the Snapdragon 439 and 429 processors, they're replacing the Snapdragon 430 and Snapdragon 425 platforms, according to Qualcomm's release. These mobile platforms are also supposed to be capable of handling fast download speeds, uninterrupted video streams, and snappy web browsing, thanks to the X6 LTE modem. 5 LTE for uplink and Cat. The 439 has an Adreno 505 GPU and the 429 has an Adreno 504 GPU.

"We're excited to be working with Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. on the Snapdragon Wear 2500 kid watch platform", said Nicolas Sauvage, Senior Director, Ecosystem, InvenSense, Inc., a TDK Group Company. Qualcomm already makes processors for things ranging from smartphones to Windows 10 tablet-laptop hybrids.

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