Last month, we saw the unveiling of the Snapdragon 660 and 630 processors, both of which cater to upper-midrange phones. What about the lower end? There’s the Snapdragon 450 for that.

Revealed during Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Shanghai, the Snapdragon 450 fills up the gap between the entry-level and midrange segments, introducing an SoC (system on a chip) that’s both cost-effective and efficient.

We normally wouldn’t give so much praise for such a chipset after seeing the likes of the high-end Snapdragon 835, but there’s one claim to fame for the Snapdragon 450: It’s the first in the 400 series to be manufactured on the 14nm process.

What’s that mean? To put it simply, this SoC is the smallest and most efficient in its class. The next smartphone you buy with the Snapdragon 450 in it is destined for great things!

Its predecessor is the Snapdragon 435, which is found in handsets like the OPPO A57 we just reviewed. Phones getting the Snapdragon 450 will experience 25 percent better performance across the board, up to four more hours of usage time compared to 435-equipped devices, and improved camera effects.

While all these sound great, it’s only at the end of 2017 when we’ll see actual devices coming with the Snapdragon 450. Only then can we say for sure if this chip is worth the effort.

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