Nokia might have released its 3310 too early !!
Long gone are the days, in which feature phones have features that are too boring. A 3000 rs. feature phone could have VoLTE in the future.
Qualcomm released its 205 processor today. Along with it comes cheaper LTE designed for lower end markets.
Feature phones may be long gone. But they still have major share in the market. Especially in markets like India, South East Asia where still 50% of the mobile phone users use feature phones. It’s the part of the market that has been left unattended so far. And 205 is the Qualcomm’s answer for those markets.
Qualcomm 205 features a 28 nm based 1.1 Ghz dual-core chipset complemented by Adreno 304 GPU along with support for LPDDR2/3 RAMs.
The Mobile Platform also packs in support for WiFi 802.11b/g/n along with Bluetooth 4.1 and USB 2.0 covering its connectivity aspects. It also includes the X5 LTE modem with 4G, 3G and 2G support as well as Dual SIM connectivity. It also provides support for Category 4 LTE with maximum 150Mbps download and 50Mbps upload speeds.
Since this Platform is oriented towards feature phones, it does have limited support for camera and displays. Display resolution is capped at Standard Definition 480p, while camera is capped at 3MP for front and 3MP for rear.The Snapdragon 205 Platform also packs in support for satellite systems like GPS, GLONASS and Beidou. Qualcomm will support Linux-based operating systems on the platform.
This year does seem to be a very interesting one for low-end smart phones.Oh yea, last but not least qualcomm also dropped the use of the word “snapdragon” in its products from now onwards.