This week on Tuesday,chip maker Qualcomm introduced their new processor, the Snapdragon 210. Qualcomm aims to penetrate the low end smartphone market with this chip, segment largely dominated by MediaTek. MediaTek has been the favourite with its low cost processors, which even support LTE, giving OEMs a cheaper option, as opposed to using chips from the likes of Qualcomm, Nvidia, Intel, etc.
The Snapdragon 210 offers 3G/4G LTE and LTE Dual SIM configurations at a low cost. Some other highlights of the Snapdragon 210 are: Quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor up to 1.1 GHz, 8MP camera support,1080p video recording and playback,LTE Cat.4 connectivity LTE dual-SIM support,Quick Charge 2.0 support which according to Qualcomm means 75% faster charging as compared to devices using chips which dont have Quick Charge support.
Qualcomm also unveiled two new 28nm transceivers the WTR4905 and WTR2955.They are designed for both the Snapdragon 220 and Snapdragon 410 respectively.Their purpose is to help low end,medium range devices to support LTE, and LTE advanced. Qualcomm envisions that the Snapdragon 210 will enable OEMs to create LTE-A sub-$100 smartphones.
The company behind the criticly acclaimed Snapdragon series introduced a 3G-only chipset as well, the Snapdragon 208. The Snapdragon 208 feature dual-core CPUs and can display up to qHD (960 x 540) resolutions.
Devices sporting the Snapdragon 210 and the Snapdragon 208 however, will be available in the first half of 2015.