Qualcomm has introduced a new mobile platform, the Snapdragon 215 chipset, which will bring a number of premium features to budget phones, costing the average range of $100. Thanks to the new 64-bit architecture, the first in the 200 chipset series, Snapdragon 215 is 50% faster than its predecessor. There are many advantages that can make the simplest devices have functionalities that only 2-3 years ago, only the intermediary or flagships could offer.
For a start, 64-bit work improves the overall performance of the smartphone and also fits the standard that Google plans for the coming seasons – the company’s idea is to leave behind the apps that are not developed in 64-bit Android. The Snapdragon 215 had its CPU tilted by 50%, compared to the predecessor.
There are 4 ARM Cortex A53 cores at 28 nm running at 1.3 GHz with Hexagon DSP. Graphics come courtesy of the Adreno 308 GPU, which capable of supporting up to 1080p video playback. The displays now have HD + resolution (1,560 x 720) in the 19: 5: 9 aspect. Qualcomm says this also improves gaming by 28% compared to the previous chip.
The Snapdragon 215 holds a 13MP camera or two 8MP cameras at the rear. As said, the sensors can capture videos up to 1080p – which even opens the way for optimization soon, with possible optical zoom and depth-of-field scanning.
Mobile connectivity is supported by the Snapdragon X5 modem in category 4, which supports up to 150.8 Mbit / s download and 51 Mbit / s upload. The new chip is also the first in its class to accept dual-SIM, including both cards simultaneously.
WiFi is present with the fastest wireless MU-MIMO communication, with rates up to 433 Mbps, and Bluetooth is 4.2. As emerging markets are making more digital payments, NFC has also been included in the package.
And, of course, the battery. According to Qualcomm, with the Snapdragon 215, a tank with a capacity of 3000mAh should offer more than 5 days of music playback or 10 hours of video playback, with the management of 20 hours of voice calls. With Quick Charge, the phones should recharge 75% faster than before.
This does not mean that all budget phones with the Snapdragon 215 really get all these premium features, but manufacturers now have a platform that can enable it, so it will definitely drastically improve the quality of the screen and the camera in “cheap” phones. Qualcomm expects the first batch with the processor to go on sale this second semester.
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