Qualcomm Snapdragon 215 CPU raises the bar for entry-level phones


Snapdragon 215
Qualcomm Snapdragon 215 CPU raises the bar for entry-level phones
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Chipset maker Qualcomm has just updated its 200-series chipset with the unveiling of the Snapdragon 215 mobile platform. The chipset is the first 64-bit processor in the 200 series, what is more, it brings some first of its kind features to the series. The essence is to give live to the ultra-affordable smartphone which before now comes majorly with lackluster specs.

The Chipset according to Qualcomm is about 50 percent faster than the SD 212, and that speed can be felt when zipping around your OS or opening and closing apps. Unlike the SD 212 with ARM A7 cores, the SD 215 packs a 64-bit CPU with four ARM Cortex A-53 cores clocked at 1.3GHz and is fabricated using the 28nm process. And inside is an integrated Hexagon DSP and Adreno 308 GPU which brings about 28% bump in gaming performance.

The new Snapdragon 215 raises the bar for the entry-level segment by offering support for taller aspect ratio with up to 19.5:9 aspect ratio, and 1560×720 pixels resolutions. Qualcomm says the chipset is designed to bring sharper and larger video to devices that cost close to a penny. Below are the full details of the new Soc.

Snapdragon 215

Qualcomm Snapdragon 215

  • First off, this is the first Snapdragon 200-series chip based on 64-bit ARM architecture. Google has already mandated 64-bit for all apps by August 2019.
  • The Snapdragon 215 has four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at up to 1.3GHz. Graphics are handled by Adreno 308 GPU.
  • Snapdragon 215 has support for NFC payments on Android.
  • The chipset supports Dual SIM dual VoLTE and Ultra HD voice calls.
  • Qualcomm has also added support for new aspect ratio displays. The entry-level Snapdragon 215 phones will support up to HD+ resolution (1560 x 720).
  • Part of the chip is a DSP for low power audio and sensor processing.
  • The SD 215 will support LTE Cat 4 (Up to 150Mbps download speed) and Wi-Fi 802.11ac for fast connectivity.
  • Snapdragon 215 phones will also support 13MP camera resolution (for photos) and Full HD (1080P) video capture. Qualcomm also adds dual ISPs to facilitate dual cameras.
  • The chipset equally brings Qualcomm Quick Charge 1.0 fast charging to entry-level devices
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