While the latest and greatest always piques our interest, not every device necessarily has to be a flagship product. At CES this year, Qualcomm introduced two hyper-powered Snapdragon chips for mobile devices. Now, the company is ushering in two more, albeit for lower-end products. Slotting in beneath the Snapdragon
800 and 600, the new Snapdragon 400 and 200 are being produced to "take Qualcomm’s technology leadership into the mid-tier and entry level smartphone segments."
Snapdragon 400 processor hits at the mid-range, with options including: Dual Krait CPUs running at up to 1.7GHz per core featuring Asynchronous Symmetric Multiprocessing (aSMP), which delivers peak performance while staying extremely efficient, Quad ARM Cortex-A7 CPUs running at up to 1.4GHz per core which delivers great performance for entry level devices, Adreno 305 GPU, enabling 3D gaming, highly responsive user interfaces and fast web browsing, Support for all the key modem technologies that matter around the world, including TDSCDMA, DC-HSPA+ (42Mbps), 1x Advanced, W+G CDMA, and multi-SIM capabilities of Dual SIM, Dual Standby (DSDS) and Dual SIM, Dual Active (DSDA), LPDDR2 or LPDDR3 RAM (Low Power Double Data Rate) Fast RAM gives a speed boost to memory operations, increasing the speed at which data flows to each component and boosting performance throughout the entire processor, Rich multimedia capabilities like advanced camera features (up to 13.5MP), premium audio, and 1080p video capture and playback are all supported, and support for Miracast. Notably, there's no mention of LTE
, but again, this isn't a flagship chip.
The Snapdragon 200 processor hits at the entry-level range, offering: Quad ARM Cortex-A5 CPUs up to 1.4GHz per core, Hexagon QDSP5, Adreno 203 GPU, LPDDR 2 RAM, HD video playback, GPS, Multi-SIM capabilities of Dual Sim Dual Standby, and up to 8 Megapixel camera support.
Pricing is being kept under wraps, but we're expecting a slew of OEMs to introduce new phones and tablets at MWC using the new silicon.