The mobile world has never been more interesting. Focus is steadily shifting towards budget devices. Take the Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 for instance.

The new chip, just announced, aims to bring 4G LTE connectivity to the cheapest devices.

Of course, it also packs in a lot of power in terms of processing, and this will allow manufacturers the ability to deliver more features and a smoother overall experience on low priced hardware. Moral of the story? Cheap phones are improving, rather exponentially, these days.

This new processor replaces the popular Snapdragon 200 SoC that has found its way on countless Windows Phone handsets. Qualcomm is certainly targeting the sub $100 market with this new refresh of its remarkably popular chipset.

Here are the important specifications of the Snapdragon 210:

  • Up to 1.1GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU
  • Adreno 304 GPU
  • Display resolutions up to 720p
  • 1080p video playback and capture with H.264 (AVC); 1080p video playback with H.265 (HEVC)
  • Cameras up to 8 megapixel
  • 4G LTE-Advanced World Mode
  • Multi-mode 3G
  • 11n Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • NFC support (with specific processor models)
  • Support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 (requires a separate chip), for up to 75% faster charging

You can check out the full details on Qualcomm’s website here.

Although this new processor is now official, it will be a while before devices powered by this chip make their way to the market. Expect them to be available in the first half of 2015.

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  • CaptainJack

    I guess this means Microsoft may keep producing more and more cheap phone options. I think it’s a smart business move because it’s a market Droid and Apple aren’t reaching, but I don’t know if it’s the best thing for their brand.