Finally! the wait is over. Qualcomm recently released the long awaited Snapdragon 4 Gen 2 (SM4450) chipset. Let me tell you that it is a sequel to the 4 Gen 1 from September last year. The interesting thing about this newly launched chipset is that it is the first chip in the series to support the enhanced 3GPP Release 16 version of 5G thanks to the Snapdragon X61 modem. In addition, Snap 4 Gen 2 is also the first 4nm chip in the Snapdragon 4 series. Let’s dive into the details.
Snapdragon 4 Gen 2 launched with faster RAM
We expect this chipset to promise improved overall efficiency. For consideration, the Gen 1 chip is fabricated at 6nm (TSMC) and the 480 is at 8nm (Samsung). However, the new CPU comes with two performance cores clocked at 2.2 GHz. In addition, there are 6 efficiency cores clocked at 2.0 GHz. Due to these performance cores, the chipset has a 10% performance boost compared to the SD 4 Gen 1. There was no information about the Adreno GPU. The screen support is the same up to FHD+ at 120fps in Snapdraong 4 Gen 2. The main thing to mention here is that the new chip uses faster RAM, LPDDR5x (up to 3,200MHz). There is also an option for faster storage. In addition, makers can also provide phones with UFS 3.1 (2-lane).
If we talk about the camera hardware, it’s down to a dual-ISP. However, the chipset has a new ability called Multi-Camera Temporal Filtering (MCTF for short) to provide better noise reduction for videos. Let me tell you that the video recording is still stuck at 1080p @ 60fps (and 720p @ 120fps for slow motion). The chipset comes with Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) support and handles cameras up to 108MP or up to 32MP resolution for Zero Shutter Lag.
Like its ancestors, the Gen 2 chip features Quick Charge 4+ and can fill a battery up to 50% in 15 minutes, but without further details. In addition, 3GPP Release 16 also provides power-saving features, improves coverage, and makes cell-based location more accurate. The X61 modem can handle 4×4 MIMO up to 100MHz bandwidth. In addition, it can deliver speeds of up to 2.5 Gbps down and 900 Mbps up. There had been no upgrade in local connectivity. The first Snapdragon 4 Gen 2 phones are expected to arrive in the second half of this year. Among them, the first to arrive on the market will come from Xiaomi Redmi and vivo.
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