Qualcomm has unveiled the Snapdragon 4 Gen 2, its first 4-nanometer SoC in the entry-level series. This new chipset promises to deliver a more efficient performance and longer battery life, making it a game-changer in the affordable smartphone market.
The Snapdragon 4 Gen 2 features two Kryo performance cores clocked at 2.2 GHz and six efficiency cores running at up to 2 GHz. This configuration is expected to deliver a 10% improvement in CPU performance compared to its predecessor, the Snapdragon 4 Gen 1. The SoC also supports Full HD+ resolution displays with a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz, offering a smooth and immersive visual experience.
In terms of photography, the new SoC supports image sensors up to 108 megapixels. It also introduces the Multi-Camera Temporal Filtering (MCTF) technology for the first time in the Snapdragon 4 series. This feature reduces noise when recording videos, enhancing the overall video quality. The SoC also uses artificial intelligence to reduce noise in low-light photos, promising clearer and sharper images.
The Snapdragon 4 Gen 2 also supports Quick Charge 4+, allowing batteries to charge from zero to 50% in just 15 minutes. Furthermore, it includes a Snapdragon X61 modem, offering 5G connectivity to budget smartphones. The SoC supports LPDDR5 RAM up to 3,200 MHz and LPDDR4x RAM up to 2,133 MHz.
Several OOEMs are expected to use the Snapdragon 4 Gen 2 in their devices, with the first smartphones featuring this SoC slated for release in the second half of 2023. Brands like Redmi and Vivo have already announced plans to incorporate this new SoC into their upcoming smartphones.