When we talk about low-end type devices cheap is the word. The whole notion of relating it to things like clear displays, decent cameras are out of the option. We will not even associate manufacturers like Qualcomm into the table when we talk about this segment. So what about 4G LTE? definitely out of the question right? See, that is where we are all wrong.
Qualcomm is currently a giant in the mobile processing world especially with them powering most of the high-end and mid-tier Android devices you currently have. For all you know you are reading this from a Qualcomm powered device. With their new releases; Snapdragon 801 and 400 they look like they are set to conquer the current mobile world. There is one segment that they have not tapped into as we said earlier; the low-end market, where people just want their phones cheap, entry-level.
This is the segment that performances does not matter. It is where price and perceived value comes into play; getting the cheapest phone with plenty of features and reliability. The issue is that most smartphones in this category are quite pathetic as we consider them. Not because of their screen sizes, or pixel density, or their internal storage, or graphics quality. They are all made to be cheap and are expectantly at a lower quality compared to the usual devices we see today. Their issue is that the major manufacturers are not making good enough processors to support plenty of other features that this low-end type of devices can potentially offer. When that happens reliability can become an issue. One thing about the low-end smartphones is also that their price point is almost directly affected by the type and price of processors put into the device. Here is where Qualcomm is coming in.
Introducing Qualcomm’s all new Snapdragon 210. The most prominent feature that we or everyone would be interested in is the 4G LTE support this will bring cheap, low-end smartphones making your cheap Android a blazing internet machine. It also supports 1080p Full HD playback but we probably will not see that feature much as we don’t expect a major jump in current low-end smartphones’ average screen resolutions. What’s more is that it will be paired with Adreno 304 GPU for graphics processing so images could potentially look good in the Qualcomm equipped cheap smartphone. If you think you want more camera out of the current cheap devices this new processor will support camera up to 8-Megapixels. It comes with the fast charging capability that you see so much on new devices these days too. This processor’s main focus while bringing costs down is also to increase the power efficiency while keeping optimum performances. It does look promising though and it looks as though it can be fitted with a mid-tier type of smartphone. Until we see the first line of devices to sport this processor though we are keeping a close eye to it.