3G is the thing of the past and 4G connectivity is the future. We recently saw some smartphones from Nokia and HTC promising 4G LTE connectivity in the budget segment. As if that wasn’t enough, Qualcomm decided to make it even cheaper and launched its latest affordable 4G LTE equipped SoC, Snapdragon 210. Snapdragon 210 is a quad core SoC with four Cortex A7 cores which support clock speeds up to 1.1 GHz. It is built using 28nm manufacturing process.
The new Snapdragon 210 comes with LTE-A Cat 4 modem which supports connectivity features such as LTE FDD, LTE TDD, WCDMA and usual GSM among others. It’ll be able achieve maximum speed of 150Mbps on LTE with 20MHz carrier aggregation. That’s not all, it also supports LTE dual SIM.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 will be accompanied by Adreno 304 GPU. This combo will support displays up to 720p HD, 8MP camera sensors and will be able to record and playback FullHD (1080p) content through HVEC. Snapdragon 210 also boasts WiFi 802.11n, support for NFC in select variants, Bluetooth 4.1 LE and Qulacomm IZat Gen8C for GPS. It will also have support for Quick Charge 2.0. The QDSP6 DSP unit in Snapdragon 210 features Fluence HD for noise cancellation and voice activation and also boasts Voice+.
Qualcomm also announced Snapdragon 208, a tuned down 3G only variant of Snapdragon 210. It also lacks many features of the later. Snapdragon 208 is a dual core SoC using Cortex A7 cores. It supports camera sensors up to 5MP and only 720p recording and playback. Maximum resoultion supported by Snapdragon 208 will be qHD. It sill supports NFC, Quickcharge 2.0 and BT4.1 LE.
Qualcomm says new SoCs will start to appear in smartphones and tablets commercially in the first half of 2015. Snapdragon 210 will definitely increase the number of affordable 4G enabled smartphones.