As it moves to mass produce the flagship Snapdragon 865 with the help of Samsung, Qualcomm has now announced its latest chipset for entry-level smartphones by launching the Qualcomm 215. Surprisingly, the company isn’t using the Snapdragon name with its latest 200-series processor, which will be the successor to the Snapdragon 212 chip announced back in 2015.
The Qualcomm 215 is built on a 28nm process and will equip a quad-core CPU comprising of ARM’s Cortex-A53 cores that are clocked at 1.3GHz. The company says the CPU will be able to offer 50 percent better performance than its predecessor and with the Adreno 308, the Qualcomm 215 will also offer a 28 percent boost in graphics.
A major upgrade on the 215 SoC comes in the form of 64-bit CPU support, meaning the chipset will be more compatible with newer versions of Android. The chip will be able to support HD+ displays with a resolution of up to 1560×720 pixels and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9.
Additionally, Qualcomm has stated that the chipset coupled with a 3,000mAh battery will be able to offer over 5 days of music playback, 20 hours of voice calls and 10 hours of video playback on a single charge. The chipset will also support Qualcomm Quick Charge which will be 75 percent faster than a standard 5V/2A charger.
In terms of camera, the Qualcomm 215 will feature support for a single 13MP sensor or dual 8MP sensors with its dual 12-bit ISP and will support 1080p video recording. The included Hexagon DSP and Snapdragon X5 will offer support for dual SIM with VoLTE, WiFi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2, USB 2.0, audio and sensor processing.
The Qualcomm 215 comes with Qualcomm Processor Security and Content Protection for security, will support up to 3GB LPDDR3 RAM, eMMC 4.5 and SD 3.0 (UHS-I) storage.
A new chipset for smartwatches?
Besides, the 215 mobile platform, Qualcomm is also reportedly working on a new chipset for wearables, according to WinFuture. Rumoured to be called either the Snapdragon 429 Wear or the Snapdragon Wear 2700, the chipset is expected to be a significant upgrade over the Snapdragon Wear 3100 that was announced last year.
The new chipset or two will be able to offer 64-bit support, four ARM Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 2.0GHz and the architecture of the same will be shrunk from 28nm to 12nm. The upcoming wearable chipset will also be able to offer an integrated LTE modem and Bluetooth 5.0 for connectivity. As for performance, the upcoming wearable chipset is expected to come with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage.