Low-Cost Qualcomm Snapdragon chips with high-end support, LTE Modems and wearables unveiled

The low-cost Android smartphones of the coming times will have some premium features that we see on mid-to-flagship variants, thanks to Qualcomm Snapdragon 425, 435 and 625 series mobile SoC. These chipsets will be catering to future models priced between US$ 99 to as high as $399.

The Snapdragon 425 is a 28nm based quad 1.4 GHz ARM A53 CPU with Adreno 308 GPU. What’s really different is that the chip supports LTE upto 150Mbps down/75Mbps up and 802.11 ac WiFi. The 435 is with eight ARM 1.4 GHz ARM A53 but with Adreno 505 GPU. Its LTE support is 300Mbps down/100Mbps up and supports a 1080p display. This SOC provides improvements from camera to the device’s RAM.

The 625 is completely different as it uses a 14nm fabrication process. Its armed with eight 2.0GHz ARM A53 CPU core with Adreno 506 GPU. Its LTE modem support is as same as the 435, followed by resolution support of up to 1920 x 1200, USB 3.0 and other improvements.

Qualcomm introduced a very specific SoC called Snapdragon Wear 2100. Most likely this will be found only in upcoming Android wear devices. The SoC has four ARM Cortex A7 cpu, an Adreno 304 GPU support 640 x 480 resolution. There will be a two variants- one with 802.11n WiFi + Bluetooth 4.1, and another with a basic LTE modem. The company assures that it will consume 25% lesser power compared to Snapdragon 400. According to Qualcomm, Android wear manufacturers have already started developing devices with its Wear 2100 SoC.

The company is also introducing Snapdragon x16 modem which uses the WTR5975 transceiver. The modem will be under Category 16 LTE which will support download speeds up to 1Gbps. In comparison, Snapdragon X12 LTE modem provides up to 600Mbps.

The company said via its press release,“The Snapdragon X16 LTE modem is designed to reach Gigabit-Class LTE speeds using the same amount of spectrum as Category 9 LTE devices. By using carrier aggregation and 4×4 MIMO, the Snapdragon X16 LTE modem can receive 10 unique streams of data using only three 20 MHz carriers. Its support for 256-QAM boosts the peak throughput of each stream from ~75 Mbps to ~100 Mbps, with additional gains possible with modem data compression.”

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