Qualcomm on Tuesday announced the Snapdragon 215 Mobile Platform as its newest System-on-Chip (SoC) from 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 regarded as the first in its scope to come with a 64-bit CPU and support double cameras. Qualcomm has also offered its Snapdragon X5 LTE modem to the Snapdragon 215 to empower double VoLTE connectivity. In the same way, the Snapdragon 215 is the 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 operation, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 215 relies on a new 64-bit architecture which includes four ARM Cortex-A53 cores in a maximum clock rate of 1.3GHz. There is also an Adreno 308 GPU that’s rated to raise the gaming performance by up to 25 percent in the predecessor. Producers can select for LPDDR3 RAM of up to 672MHz and 3GB capacity.
There is also an integrated Wi-Fi 802.11ac with MU-MIMO. Other 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 installation 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 audio and sensor processing. The DSP can be promised to deliver a 5-day-plus audio playback time. Additional the SoC is rated to offer over 10 hours of movie 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 around 75 percent faster-charging experience than traditional implementations.
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.