With most of the high-end and mid-end smartphones relying on Snapdragon for the chipsets, Qualcomm literally owns these two segments right now but as of the low-end smartphone market, there are not many smartphones we see sporting the Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets. They mainly rely on MediaTek chipsets. This however could soon change as Qualcomm has some big plans for the low-end smartphone market. Qualcomm is coming up with a new chipset that can change things in the low-end smartphone market.
Yesterday when the world had their eyes glued to Apple’s event’s live telecast, Qualcomm unveiled a chipset that would work wonders in the low-end smartphone market. The new Snapdragon 210 chipset will allow smartphones as cheap as $100 to run LTE-A, finally letting them get rid of 3G which until now has been the fastest low-end smartphones could get.
The new Snapdragon 210 chipset will work along with a CPU that will consist of four 28nm Cortex-A7 cores clocked at 1.1 GHz. So don’t expect the Snapdragon 210 chipset to work any wonders in the performance area but it is still not bad for smartphones under $100. On a comparative note, most mid-range smartphones like the Moto G second generation boasts of a Snapdragon 400 chipset with the CPU consisting of 4 Cortex-A7 cores clocked at 1.4 GHz.
Qualcomm has paired up the quad-core CPU with an Adreno 304 GPU, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi 802.11n, NFC and features that can support displays of upto 720p and cameras of resolution upto 8MP. Not bad for smartphones costing $100.
Coming back to the chipset, the most remarkable thing about it is again the capability to run LTE. This could bring about a big change, letting people who cannot afford costly smartphones use LTE around the globe. This has been made possible by the integration of a 4G-LTE World Mode modem which provides support for LTE FDD, LTE TDD, WCDMA (3C-HSDPA, DC-HSUPA), CDMA1x, EV-DO Rev. B, TD-SCDMA and GSM/EDGE. Not only that, the 210 chipset will allow you to use LTE-A reaching speeds of upto 150 mbps thanks to the support provided for 2 X 10 MHz carrier aggregation which would be truly remarkable considering this would now be possible on a $100 smartphone.
However, don’t expect to see a $100 smartphone with 4G LTE in the market in the coming days. This could possibly take some time and going by what sources say, the smartphones will not be seen until the middle of the next year. This means the upcoming Android One devices, which are going to be very cheap will again be sporting the MediaTek chipset and so will the low-end devices in the coming time. But if Qualcomm speeds things up a bit and brings out the Snapdragon 210 chipset integrated smartphones soon, they could be ruling the low-end smartphone segment by the next year.
This however still remains a distant dream. You’ll have to wait till next year to find out if Qualcomm can actually work things out with this 210 chipset.