For the uninitiated, Qualcomm has changed the branding of its SoCs. The Snapdragon moniker is now only being used for a premium line of SoCs while the entry-level chips will have to make do with Qualcomm branding only.
The latest addition to the company’s entry-level chips is, therefore, only dubbed as the Qualcomm 215 and not the Qualcomm Snapdragon 215.
Qualcomm recently launched Qualcomm 215 SoC, a successor to the company’s Qualcomm 212 SoC, which featured in the likes of the Nokia 2 but couldn’t take off as desired as it lacked the punch that the recent budget smartphones require to beat the competition.
However, Qualcomm 215 SoC with new tech is launched aiming at giving more firepower to budget smartphones, thus becoming a worthy successor.
The Qualcomm 215 comes with four ARM Cortex-A53 cores and is the first in 200-series with 64-bit CPU, bringing up to 50 percent performance enhancement than its predecessor. Armed with Adreno 308 GPU it ensures about 28 percent better gaming performance.
Although Qualcomm 215 supports the same 720p resolution as by Qualcomm 212, it now allows the manufactures to use 19:9 displays compared to 16:9 displays with Qualcomm 212. As a result, budget smartphones can now offer full-screen viewing experience as well.
For the ability of Qualcomm 215 SoC to support Dual ISP, phones having this chip will come with dual cameras supporting up to 8MP. For a single camera, it has the support up to 12MP resolution. Videos can be recorded at 1080p full HD+ resolution as well.
For the first time, any 200-series SoC will support dual SIM cards with dual VoLTE as well as NFC for POS transaction. The SoC supports Qualcomm Hexagon DSP for better sound quality and faster sensor processing.
The X5 modem in the Qualcomm 205 allows up to 150Mbps downloading speed. In addition, the 215 SoC also brings Qualcomm’s Quick Charge to the table.
With a slew of new features, Qualcomm 215 is tempting enough for the smartphone manufacturers to latch on to in order to lure customers with premium features on their budget and even entry-level smartphones.
The 215 SoC from Qualcomm could be a boon in the emerging markets where the demand for low budget smartphones are steadily on the rise. However, the first batch of devices with Qualcomm 215 SoC could only be out in the second half of the year.