Qualcomm on Tuesday declared the Snapdragon 215 Mobile Platform as its newest System-on-Chip (SoC) in the Snapdragon 200-series. The hottest Snapdragon SoC is especially created for budget smartphones and is the successor to the Snapdragon 212 that the San Diego-based company launched back in August 2015. It is touted to be the very first in its scope to come using a 64-bit CPU and service double cameras. Qualcomm has also provided its Snapdragon X5 LTE modem to the Snapdragon 215 to enable double VoLTE connectivity. In the same way, the Snapdragon 215 is the first in the Snapdragon 200-series to support 64-bit Android platform as well as 64-bit apps. The chipset is capable of hosting NFC-based payments.
Claimed to offer around 50 percent faster operation, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 215 is based on a brand new 64-bit architecture which has four ARM Cortex-A53 cores at a maximum clock rate of 1.3GHz. There’s also an Adreno 308 GPU that is rated to raise the gaming performance by up to 25 percent from the predecessor. Manufacturers can opt for LPDDR3 RAM up to 672MHz and 3GB capacity.
Concerning connectivity, Qualcomm has provided the Snapdragon X5 LTE modem together with support for LTE Cat 4. There is also an incorporated Wi-Fi 802.11ac with MU-MIMO. Other connectivity options include Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, OTDOA, GLONASS, and Beidou.
The Snapdragon 215 houses dual 12-bit picture signal processors (ISPs) that allow support for double rear camera setup and one front camera module with up to 13-megapixel sensor. The chipset is capable of recording up to full-HD (1080p) movies and supports EVS (Ultra HD) voice calls.
Qualcomm has provided an integrated Hexagon DSP on the Snapdragon 215 SoC for audio and sensor processing. The DSP is also promised to provide a 5-day-plus audio playback period. Additional the SoC is rated to offer over 10 hours of movie playback.
The Snapdragon 215 supports HD+ (720×1560 pixels) screen panels together with 19.5:9 aspect ratio. There’s also Qualcomm Quick Charge support to provide up to 75 percent faster-charging experience than traditional implementations.
Qualcomm says that the Snapdragon 215 SoC is targeted at Android smartphones between $75-120 (approximately Rs. 5,100-8,200). Additionally, commercial devices together with the newest SoC will debut later this season.