Affordable smartphones are getting more and more popular. In the rat race of smartphones, the overall value for money against the offerings matter most these days to users which gave rise to some of the very popular affordable phones and even flagships. Qualcomm’s 600 series or more specifically the Snapdragon 625 is one of the best examples of a chipset that is being used on most affordable phones which offer performance and excellent efficiency.
However, the 400 Series chipsets from Qualcomm are the most common and popular. As the trend is going in the right direction as more and more affordable phones are coming to market, Qualcomm has today announced the new Snapdragon 632, Snapdragon 439 and Snapdragon 429 system-on-chips.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 has Kryo 250 semi-custom cores where four Cortex-A73 cores are clocked up to 1.8GHz, and four efficiency cores are based on Cortex-A53 clocked up to the same speed at 1.8GHz. It is manufactured using the FinFET 14nm process to make it balanced for performance and power efficiency. Qualcomm said that the Snapdragon 632 will provide 40% higher CPU performance, compared to the Snapdragon 626.
This new chipset features the Adreno 506 which is said to offer 10% improved graphics performance over the same Adreno 506 in the Snapdragon 626. Other neat benefits include a Hexagon 546 DSP and support for various ML frameworks (Caffe/2, TensorFlow/Lite, ONNX) as well as Android NN and the Qualcomm Neural Processing SDK, which will help the mid-range phones offer AI capabilities with on-device AI in apps.
The Snapdragon 629 also comes with X9 LTE modem for Cat13 speeds of 300Mbps DL and 150Mbps UL and finally. These Snapdragon 629 will also support FHD+ displays and in terms of camera, either a single 24MP single or 13MP+13MP dual camera setup can be provided on a phone having the chipset. One downside of Snapdragon 632 is that it does support Qualcomm QuickCharge 4.0.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 & 429 bring a performance improvement of up to 25% when compared to the Snapdragon 430 & 425 respectively. While the Snapdragon 632 is built on the 14nm FinFET process, these two are built on the 12nm FinFET process for better power efficiency. The 439 brings 8 Cortex A53 cores in two clusters where four performance cores are clocked at 1.95GHz and the power efficiency cores are clocked at 1.45GHz. However, the Snapdragon 429 features only four A53 cores clocked at 1.95GHz.
These chips also feature the Adreno 505 and 504 GPUs respectively and as per Qualcomm, they offer performance boosts of up to 20% and 50% over the Adreno 505 and Adreno 308 of the Snapdragon 430 and 425 respectively. The Snapdragon 439 supports FHD+ display just like the 632, while the 429 will support the HD+ display. Both chipsets feature the X6 LTE modem for 150Mbps DL and 75 Mbps UL (Cat 4 & 5).
In terms of camera support, the 439 supports 21MP single camera or dual 8MP camera setup, while the 429 goes up to 16MP or dual 8MP camera setup. Just like the Snapdragon 632, they feature the Hexagon 536 DSP and support various ML frameworks (Caffe/2, TensorFlow/Lite, ONNX) as well as Android NN and the Qualcomm Neural Processing SDK. These chipsets will also offer 1080p video recording at 30fps and Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0 for cutting down the charging time.
As of now, on paper, the Snapdragon 632, 439 and 429 looks quite promising in terms of on-device AI capabilities and it’s good to see the newly announced 400 Series chipsets will also support Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0 which may make some users happy when they buy a phone in future, that would support fast charging. However, only the real life tests will let us know how well these chipsets will perform on phones and how well the AI-capabilities can be handled by these chipsets.
Vivo may be preparing an Online only Smartphone to Counter Online competition!
Realme has surely made its name in the market with its ‘Youth-focused’ designs, even though they say they’re an independent brand, they’re still technically under Oppo. It recently launched the Realme 2 and is gearing up for the launch of Realme 2 Pro. In response to this, Oppo’s sister company Vivo may launch its own online-exclusive smartphone.
Vivo currently has both online and offline presence in the Indian market. It is speculated that the upcoming smartphone will be from the Z-series which hints to a mid-range device.
The reports sources claim that the company is bringing the online-exclusive handset in the Indian market to compete against Realme series smartphone. It still unknown which Z series smartphone brand it will be launched under. The company recently launched the Vivo Z1i in China which features a 6.25 inch FHD+ IPS display with an aspect ratio of 19:9. Under the hood, it is powered by a Qualcomm SD 636 chipset paired with Adreno 509 GPU and coupled with 4GB RAM and 129GB internal storage which can be expanded up to 256GB through a microSD card.
In the optics department, the Vivo Z1i sports a dual camera setup in the rear of 13MP + 2MP configuration while offering a 16MP on the front of selfies and video calling. The handset runs Android 8.1 Oreo and is backed by a 3,260 mAh battery. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, dual band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and A-GPS.
However it is not sure if the company will launch the Vivo Z1i or a complete different smartphone made for the Indian market. So we advise you to take this news with a pinch of salt.
Is Nokia is working on a Gaming Phone?
Gaming smartphones are the becoming more popular with more and more manufacturers developing their own gaming smartphone. The latest company to join this list is HMD Global who is teasing a Nokia gaming smartphone for the first time.
Nokia Mobile India had tweeted out a video which seems to be teasing a gaming phone. But it was quickly deleted after sometime. You can see the teaser in the featured image.
The teaser comes in the form of a video which reads “Stay tuned for a phone you can #GameOn”. It was posted on the official Indian Twitter handle of the company hinting towards a Nokia branded gaming smartphone from the company.
Leaving aside the excitement, we will like to remind you that the company has a habit of over-hyping and over-exaggerating its routine mid-range smartphones.
The company advertised the Nokia 6.1 Plus smartphone as the “most awaited phone”. Moreover the tag #GameOn might be just to hype the regional launch of the Nokia 5.1 Plus and nothing to do with Nokia Gaming smartphone.
However if it is the case, the company is once again over-hyping since the smartphone comes with a 5.8 inch display and is powered by a MediaTek Helio P60 SoC coupled with P60 chipset. Also it also possible that it is the alleged Nokia 8.1 Plus or Nokia 7.1 Plus which have been on the rumours lately.
However seeing the popularity of gaming smartphones, the company is likely developing a gaming smartphone on its own. Razer recently sent invites for the Razer 2 smartphone to be launched on October 10. Chinese manufacturer Huawei will also be releasing a gaming smartphone this year. The Nokia Gaming smartphone will be competing against the likes of Xiaomi Black Shark, ASUS ROG phone and Nubia Red Magic.
Samsung to merge Galaxy J series into A series, rebrand On series to M series
Samsung is reportedly planning to reorganise its entire line-up of entry level to upper mid-range line-up according to a new report. Previously we heard that the South Korean manufacturer will be merging the Galaxy S series and the Note series.
The new reports which come from industry sources claims that the lower midrange Galaxy J series will be discontinued and merged into the more premium Galaxy A series. This move of scrapping the Galaxy J series and moving into the Galaxy A series line-up can be cited to the heavy competition from the Chinese manufacturers like Xiaomi, Honor, Vivo, OPPO, etc that dominates the entry level and mid-range segments.
Additionally, the company will be changing its online only Galaxy On brand to a new Galaxy M series. However it is expected as the Galaxy On smartphones are just rebranded Galaxy J devices. So it is still unknown what Samsung has to offer in its Galaxy M series.
This could also be possible that Samsung bring the entry level and lower-midrangers under the Galaxy M brand while the upper midrangers will be merged into the Galaxy A line-up. There will be less naming disparencies and hence less confusion. The company is also rumoured to be working on Galaxy J4 Prime and Galaxy J6 Prime which is now likely to be launched under a different brand.
Considering all above information as genuine, Samsung will left only with Galaxy S series, Galaxy A series and Galaxy M series which looks more systematic and organised.
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