Qualcomm on Tuesday declared the Snapdragon 215 Mobile Platform as its newest System-on-Chip (SoC) in the Snapdragon 200-series. The hottest Snapdragon SoC is specifically created for budget smartphones and is the successor to the Snapdragon 212 that the San Diego-based company launched back in August 2015. It’s touted to be the very first in its range to come using a 64-bit CPU and service dual cameras. Qualcomm has also offered its Snapdragon X5 LTE modem on the Snapdragon 215 to enable dual VoLTE connectivity. In the same way, the Snapdragon 215 is the very first from the Snapdragon 200-series to encourage 64-bit Android platform as well as 64-bit apps. The chipset is also capable of hosting NFC-based payments.
Claimed to offer around 50 percent faster performance, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 215 is based on a new 64-bit architecture that has four ARM Cortex-A53 cores in a maximum clock speed of 1.3GHz. There is also an Adreno 308 GPU that is rated to boost the gaming performance by around 25 percent from the predecessor. Producers can opt for LPDDR3 RAM up to 672MHz and 3GB capacity.
In terms of connectivity, Qualcomm has provided the Snapdragon X5 LTE modem together with support for LTE Cat 4. There is also an incorporated Wi-Fi 802.11ac using MU-MIMO. Additional connectivity options include Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, OTDOA, GLONASS, and Beidou.
The Snapdragon 215 homes double 12-bit picture signal processors (ISPs) that enable support for dual rear camera setup and one front camera module with around 13-megapixel sensor. The chipset is also capable of recording to full-HD (1080p) movies and supports EVS (Ultra HD) voice calls.
Qualcomm has provided an integrated Hexagon DSP on the Snapdragon 215 SoC for sound and sensor processing. The DSP can be promised to deliver a 5-day-plus music playback period. Furthermore, the SoC is rated to offer over 10 hours of video playback.
The Snapdragon 215 supports HD+ (720×1560 pixels) screen panels together with 19.5:9 aspect ratio. There is additionally Qualcomm Quick Charge service to provide up to 75 percent faster-charging expertise than conventional implementations.
“We are raising the bar for mass market devices and empowering experiences that were never before possible from the 2-series,” said Kedar Kondap, Vice President of Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies, in a statement.
Qualcomm says that the Snapdragon 215 SoC is targeted at Android smartphones between $75-120 (approximately Rs. 5,100-8,200). Moreover, commercial devices with the new SoC will debut later this year.