Qualcomm Announces 64 bit Snapdragon 215 for Budget Smartphones

With 215 mobile platform, Qualcomm hopes to spur sub-Rs 5000 segment of smartphones

Both platforms are also built on a 12nm process, as opposed to the now used 28nm process. The entry-level platform also makes 4G VoLTE possible in a dual SIM, dual standby state. This Chip is compatible with dual cameras and it will have a 64-Bit CPU.

Cheap phones are slowly moving toward tall display ratios like 18:9, and the Snapdragon 215 will support that up to HD+ at 720×1560 (19.9:9). It is also the first processor in the 2-series lineup of chipsets that support 64-bit architecture, a shift from a 32-bit processor.

As far as the graphics are concerned, Qualcomm has used the Adreno 308 GPU that offers a 28% increase in performance over the Adreno 304 GPU that was used in the Snapdragon 212 chipset.

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While the Snapdragon 215 has a number of great improvements. With support from the company's 3 party ecosystem, dual cameras can enable optical zoom and depth sensing, resulting in overall improved detail rich photos.

The platform will also likely support Bluetooth 5.0 technology as well as LTE connectivity. The chipset is also capable of hosting NFC-based payments. Both the chipsets are being tested with 1GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 8GB of eMMC 5.1 storage. For video recording phones powered with 215SoC will be able to record up to 1080p videos. Even though the chipset supports these features, it is not necessary we will see them in all budget phones out of the box. Also, the new chips are said to have a power-saving feature that can be assigned to low-power chips or core processing to save battery life. Considering it's at the heart of all these smartwatches, most of the responsibility is laid on Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear platform. The 215 SoC can confidently run a single camera with maximum 13MP HD+ resolution or two cameras at 8MP resolution in dual setup camera. The first devices with the new Qualcomm 215 are expected to be launched in the second half of 2019.

For superior cellular connectivity at home or on the go, the Qualcomm 215 featuring the integrated Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X5 modem supports LTE Cat 4 with Carrier Aggregation for faster data rates and download speeds up to 150Mbps. The actual time scale for Qualcomm to get to production and then get the processor into devices is unknown.

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