Qualcomm has rolled out a number of updates to its mid-tier Snapdragon 600 and 700 collection this yr, and the chip vendor is now setting its sights on the entry-level phase. We’ve not seen a number of momentum within the 200 collection aside from the Qualcomm 205 Cellular Platform, which made its solution to function telephones.
Qualcomm is now introducing the Qualcomm 215 Cellular Platform, which is aimed toward smartphones within the $100 worth level. Qualcomm is touting a number of enhancements, together with a 64-bit CPU — the primary in a 200 collection — together with assist for twin cameras, 19:9 shows, NFC for Android Pay, Fast Cost, and far more.
The Qualcomm 215 is powered by 4 Cortex A53 cores clocked as much as 1.3GHz, which is a 50% increase in efficiency from the earlier technology Snapdragon 212. The Adreno 308 GPU delivers a 28% uptick in efficiency on the gaming aspect of issues. The chipset itself is fabricated on the older 28nm node, so you are not going to see the identical ranges of vitality effectivity as the remainder of Qualcomm’s lineup, which is on 14nm, 10nm, and 7nm.
That is the primary time we’re seeing a number of these options in a 200 collection chipset.
The chipset additionally helps 13MP single cameras and 8MP twin cameras, in addition to the power to shoot 1080p video. You additionally get compatibility for HD+ (1560×720) 19.5:9 shows, as much as 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM, eMMC 4.5 storage, and GPS/GLONASS. That is additionally the primary time we’re seeing a Hexagon DSP within the 200 collection.
Curiously, Qualcomm is bundling NFC with the Qualcomm 215, which paves the best way for Google Pay transactions at retail shops. The function is not prone to see a lot utilization in India because the model of Google Pay accessible within the nation in markedly completely different from different markets, however it’s a welcome addition for the U.S.
On the connectivity aspect of issues, you get a Snapdragon X5 LTE Cat Four modem that has as much as 150Mbps downlink and 50Mbps uplink. There’s Wi-Fi ac with MU-MIMO, Wi-Fi calling and HD calls, in addition to twin SIM with twin VoLTE, which is a desk stakes function in India. Qualcomm is rolling out Fast Cost tech as nicely, but it surely’s restricted to Fast Cost 1.zero speeds.
The chipset will likely be debuting in rising markets like India, however there will likely be a Qualcomm 215-powered telephone coming to the U.S. later this yr. The brand new options on supply could not appear that spectacular in context to what we often see within the Snapdragon 600 collection, however it’s a big leap while you have a look at earlier choices within the 200 collection.
That mentioned, the Qualcomm 215 will present up on units on the $100 worth level in India, however that phase is now fielding the Snapdragon 600 collection — particularly the Snapdragon 632 — within the likes of the Redmi 7, which prices ₹7,999 ($115). It will be fascinating to see how Qualcomm markets the 215 platform — it’s doable we’ll see the chipset on HMD units, with Android One and even Android Go being the differentiator.
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