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Snapdragon 4 Gen 2 Mobile Platform– Excellent Features for the Entry-Level Market

The News: Qualcomm recently announced its Snapdragon 4 Gen 2 Mobile Platform, its newest smartphone for the entry-level market. Read Qualcomm’s press release for more information.

Snapdragon 4 Gen 2 Mobile Platform: Excellent Features for the Entry-Level Market

Analyst Take: The new Snapdragon 4 Gen 2 Mobile Platform targeted at the entry-level market will be a welcome addition to the Snapdragon 4 Series lineup as the company continues to waterfall more robust features from its premium tiers. The company noted that its enhanced features for the Snapdragon 4 Gen 2 are right in line with what consumers want in an entry-level device, which includes web browsing, voice, and video calls, listening to music, social media, photography, and navigation. In fact, Qualcomm mentioned that the top three purchase drivers for the group are excellent battery life, a camera that automatically adjusts settings that takes professional quality photos, and staying connected at high speeds without dropped calls or missed texts.

Performance

From a performance perspective, the Snapdragon 4 Gen 2 has the Kyro CPU (64-bit architecture) with 2 performance cores (up to 2.2 GHz) and 6 efficiency cores (up to 2 GHz) coupled with upgraded UFS 3.1 memory, which translates into faster data processing. Overall, the Snapdragon 4 Gen 2 is a 10% overall performance improvement versus the prior generation. On-device display support offers FHD+ at 120Hz and HD+ (900 x 1600) at 120 Hz), offering much smoother scrolling and web browsing and also allowing for more immersive experiences with less lag.

Camera

The Snapdragon 4 Gen 2 also comes with Qualcomm Spectra dual 12-bit ISPs and can capture up to 108 megapixels of HEIC photo capture. From a dual-camera perspective, it allows up to 16 MP + 16-MP dual camera with 30 frames per second (zero shutter lag) while single-camera usage allows up to 32-megapixel with 30 FPS (zero shutter lag). From a single and dual video capture perspective, it allows 1080p single video capture at 60 FPS along with 1080 dual video capture at 30 FPS in H.264 (AVC) and H.265 (HEVC) video capture formats.; it is also capable of capturing slow-motion video at 720p at 120 FPS. Thus, users will be able to enjoy better image stabilization, faster auto-focus, and improved images in low-light or dim environments.

Connectivity

From a connectivity perspective, the Snapdragon 4 Gen 2 comes with the Snapdragon X61 5G Modem-RF System, which is capable of 2.5 Gbps downlink and 900 Mbps uplink. The release supports 3GPP Release 16 5G, which will help provide 5G to more people than before. From a Wi-Fi perspective, the device is also capable of Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac, 802.11a/b/g/n) along with offering Bluetooth 5.1.

Regionally, Qualcomm noted that it sees excellent opportunities in countries such as India and China. In fact, China has been at the forefront of 5G adoption and accounts for a 39% share of the global market, or 664 million mobile subscribers, with expectations of growing as the country expands an additional 600,000 5G base stations this year. In India, 5G is now available in 3,000 cities in the country with 5G projected to account for 50% of mobile subscriptions by the end of 2027.
Wrapping it up, the new Snapdragon 4 Gen 2 platform targeted at the entry-level market should be a welcome addition due to it being 10% faster than the previous generation, and a better camera and connectivity that should delight its users.

Disclosure: The Futurum Group is a research and advisory firm that engages or has engaged in research, analysis, and advisory services with many technology companies, including those mentioned in this article. The author does not hold any equity positions with any company mentioned in this article.

Analysis and opinions expressed herein are specific to the analyst individually and data and other information that might have been provided for validation, not those of The Futurum Group as a whole.

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