Published: Wed, July 10, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 215 aimed at entry-level smartphones

Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 215 aimed at entry-level smartphones

With the new chipset announcement from Qualcomm, we can expect more Realme C1 like entry-level devices comes into the market for those budget-oriented users of this lucrative market.

Notable mobile chipmaker Qualcomm recently unveiled its newest addition to its growing family of system-on-chip (SOC), the Snapdragon 215. While the Snapdragon 430 and 429 are often found in the smartphones that cost anywhere between $130 and $150, the new 215 SoC will be primarily featured in devices that cost between $75 and $120. The 64 bit CPU on this chipset would also support upcoming 64-bit Android versions and most of the apps on the Android app store. The 215 mobile platform is the first to support HD+ resolution displays in the 2-series, plus it also gets dual camera support. The chipset is also capable of recording up to full-HD (1080p) videos and supports EVS (Ultra HD) voice calls.

Qualcomm introduced the Snapdragon Wear 3100 in September 2018, but the chipset for wearables had the same CPU as its predecessor Wear 2100 with the archaic Cortex-A7 cores. PJ Jacobowitz, Staff Manager - Product Marketing at Qualcomm, told BGR India that Adreno 308 brings 28 percent faster graphics rendering over Adreno 304 seen on the Snapdragon 212.

The Snapdragon 215 supports HD+ (720x1560 pixels) display panels with 19.5:9 aspect ratio. There's also dual-SIM support with VoLTE on both cards.

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As for the connectivity options, it comes with the Snapdragon X5 LTE modem to support LTE Cat 4. When Qualcomm revealed the 3100 past year, it claimed the larger node used was an intentional power-saving decision, and that the chip would operate more efficiently in a low-power state for longer periods.

Qualcomm has significantly accelerated the design, development, and deployment of the new 215 SoC.

Qualcomm's 215 mobile platform will come in on budget smartphones in the second half of 2019. Incidentally, this market is now dominated by Chinese SoC maker Mediatek. While we are excited that Qualcomm may actually be making a processor that will serve the wearables market well, we've heard the song before. Moreover, with support for the latest communication standards, telecom companies could confidently deploy high-speed services in developing, underdeveloped or even remote regions.

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