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.
Xiaomi Permanently Drops Prices of RN5P, Mi A2 & Redmi Y2
Xiaomi increased the prices of some of their devices few days ago, but now the company is permanently slashing the prices of three smartphones- Redmi Note 5 Pro, Mi A2 and Redmi Y2 to celebrate its number one spot for five consecutive quarters in the Indian market. According to the new International Data Corporation (IDC) report, the Chinese manufacturer has shipped 11.7 million units to become the top brand in India with a market share of 27.3 percent share in the third quarter of 2018.
2nd big news of #Super3! 🎉
To celebrate No. 1 position for 5 Qs, we are dropping prices of 5 phones by ₹1000!
* Redmi Y2 (4+64): ₹11999
* RN5Pro (4+64): ₹13999
* RN5Pro (6+64): ₹15999
* Mi A2 (4+64): ₹15999
* Mi A2 (6+128): ₹18999#HonestPricing #1SmartphoneBrand (2/2) pic.twitter.com/DD7f4ckq6Q
— Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) November 16, 2018
Xiaomi issue a statement regarding this, which says:
We are delighted to share that we have seen a reduction in component costs of some of our best-selling phones. We were announced as the number one smartphone vendor in India for the fifth consecutive quarter
The company says that the new prices will come into effect across sales platform from 12 pm IST today. Due to the wake of changes in PCBA import taxes and the rupee value against the dollar, the price of the smartphones increased but the new price revision will certainly make the fans happy. Xiaomi is also set to launch the Redmi Note 6 Pro in India soon so the timing is impeccable.
The new revised prices are as follows:
- Redmi Note 5 Pro (4GB + 64GB) which was previously priced at Rs 14,999 is now available at Rs 13,999.
- Mi A2 (4GB + 64GB) which had a price of Rs 16,999 is now available for Rs 15,999.
- Redmi Y2 (4GB + 64GB) which was previously priced at Rs 12,999 is now available at a cheaper price tag of Rs 11,999.
- Redmi Note 5 Pro (6GB + 128GB) which was earlier priced at Rs 16,999 is now available for a price tag of Rs 15,999.
- Mi A2 (6GB + 128GB) which actually came with a price tag of Rs 19,999, is now available at a price tag of Rs 18,000.
OnePlus 5G phone will be a New Series, not OnePlus 7
OnePlus CEO Pete Lau recently announced that the company will be releasing its 5G ready smartphones next year and everyone assumed it to be the successor of the OnePlus 6T, the OnePlus 7. However the Chinese manufacturer has clarified that the OnePlus 7 is not the 5G phone which means OnePlus will be introducing a new smartphone in early 2019.
The OnePlus spokesperson told CNET that OnePlus 7 will not feature the next-generation 5G technology to keep the cost under control. It will directly compete with the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10, which is said to be the first 5G enabled device from the company. There is no mention of the specs, device or even the name of the smartphone.
Meanwhile Lau has confirmed the launch timeline for the flagship OnePlus 7, which according to him will launch in the first half of 2019. It is not clear yet when the company will be releasing its 5G smartphone. Some speculate that OnePlus will showcase it in the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 event next year.
The confirmation OnePlus 7T not supporting 5G technology means that OnePlus will be releasing a new series of smartphone which is likely to be expensive than the current flagship smartphones of the company. It looks like 5G technology will be a new trend of 2019 and we can’t wait to see what it has to offer.
Samsung Galaxy A70, A90 rumoured to sport the new Inifnity Display (with Notch)
Samsung Galaxy A70 and Galaxy A90 are speculated to be the first devices by the company to feature the new Infinity displays showcased at the Samsung Developers Conference (SDC 2018) last week. The South Korean manufacturer revealed four types of Infinity displays of which three came with various notches.
The two smartphones appears to be the first models to have a display notch since the company has managed without notch by including the Infinity Display design having thin bezels on the side but significant space for front camera and sensors at the top and a chin on the bottom.
Первыми аппаратами с Infinity экранами от Samsung будут февральские Galaxy A70/A90. Обновленная А-серия, классом выше чем текущие А7/А9. Но цены будут вполне ОК. Хорошие аппараты. Весьма интересные в жизни.
— Eldar Murtazin (@eldarmurtazin) November 8, 2018
Now, Russian tipster Eldar Murtazin claims that the Galaxy A90 and Galaxy A70 sporting the new Infinity Display panels will debut in February next year. They are supposed to be the successors to the Galaxy A7 (2018) and the Galaxy A9 (2018) models which debuted with triple cameras and quad cameras at the rear respectively. They are expected to be priced competitively despite being an upgrade.
Samsung revealed three type of notches: Infinity-U, Infinity-V and Infinity-O with the letters named after the shape in which they are cut out from the regular screen space. It is not clear which type of design will be included in the Galaxy A70 and Galaxy A90. However the company teased its Galaxy A8s with the Infinity-O display hole design. The notchless display is likely available to premium Galaxy Series handsets like the Galaxy S10. Ben Geskin who is known for visualising rumours and leaked design render, recently posted an images showing the four types of new Infinity Display. It gives an idea what to expect from upcoming Samsung devices.
A recent report from South’s Korea’s ETNews claims that Galaxy A family in 2019 will get LCD panel-sporting modes. The current A-series models have an AMOLED display to deliver a comparable experience with vivid colours and deep black levels. The company is also reported planning to stop its Galaxy J series bringing a possibility of new affordable models. The report specified that that Galaxy A30, Galaxy A40, Galaxy 70, Galaxy A80 will come with AMOLED display panels while the Galaxy A50 and Galaxy A60 will have LCD panels.
The OLED and LCD models are said to be released in markets like Korea, North America while the LCD models are for the price-sensitive markets like India and some other Southeast Asian markets. The ultimate aim is to bring down the costs of the devices lower than KRW 3,00,000 (Rs 19,300 approx).
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