Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 429 and Snapdragon 439 may be coming for Android Go devices

There are some folks who don't need the power of the Snapdragon 845 or even a mid-range chipset like the Snapdragon 636. Sure, it can be nice to have but this increases the overall cost of the device and this can be the sole reason why someone delays getting a new smartphone (or even their first smartphone). Google is attempting to solve this with a modified version of Android 8.1 Oreo that they're calling Android Go and a new rumor suggests that Qualcomm will soon launch two chipsets (the Qualcomm Snapdragon 429 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 439) designed with this version of Android in mind.

Until now, Qualcomm has offered their low-end chipsets such as the Snapdragon 200 series for these devices, but it looks like this could change according to Roland Quandt from WinFuture. According to him, Qualcomm is currently working on building these two new chipsets aimed specifically at Android Oreo Go Edition. It should be pointed out that while these chips are designed for Android Go devices, they aren't exclusively made for those devices and could be used in devices running regular builds of Android.

At this time, Roland Quandt is unsure of the details that will make up the Snapdragon 429, but he was able to reveal some information that he had received for the 439. If his information is accurate, then the Snapdragon 439 will be a variant of the Snapdragon 625 chipset that we've seen in many devices in the past. As a reminder, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 features ARM Cortex-A53 cores on a 14nm die. Additional details about the CPU/GPU speeds or other specifications for the two new chipsets are unavailable at this time. In any case, it's great to see a silicon vendor taking Android Go seriously as it could change the landscape of the smartphone market in those emerging markets.



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