Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chip enables budget 4G smartphones

The introduction of Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipsets will assist top smartphone vendors such as Samsung, Nokia, HTC, Sony, LG, Micromax, Karbonn, etc. to launch 4G LTE phones in the sub $150 price bracket.

Qualcomm on Monday said the new Snapdragon 410 chipsets — manufactured using 28nm process technology — feature processors that are 64-bit capable along with superior graphics performance with the Adreno 306 GPU, 1080p video playback and up to a 13 Megapixel camera.

Recently, Broadcom, one of the rivals of Qualcomm, said the 4G industry would see the launch of $100 smartphones with 4G capability in the next 12-18 months.

The launch of Snapdragon 410 chipsets will contribute to the rapid growth of 4G across the world.

“We are excited to bring 4G LTE to highly affordable smartphones at a sub $150 (1,000 RMB) price point with the introduction of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor,” said Jeff Lorbeck, senior vice president and chief operating officer, Qualcomm Technologies, China.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chip enables budget 4G smartphones

The launch is important for China as telecom service providers China Mobile and China Telecom are gearing up to launch 4G there. China Mobile will launch its 4G on TD LTE network on 18 December. This will be a significant boost for global LTE equipment vendors to enhance market presence in China and other markets.

The development is also significant for the Indian telecom market as they integrate 4G LTE and 3G cellular connectivity for all major modes and frequency bands across the globe and include support for dual and triple SIM.

Two Indian telecom operators – Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio Infocomm – are gearing up to launch and expand 4G in India. Their expansion will now be supported by cost effective chip sets and budget 4G devices.

In addition, Snapdragon 410 chipsets also feature Qualcomm Technologies’ Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM and NFC functionality, and support all major navigation constellations: GPS, GLONASS, and China’s new BeiDou, which helps deliver enhanced accuracy and speed of Location data to Snapdragon-enabled handsets.

The chipset also supports all major operating systems, including the Android, Windows Phone and Firefox operating systems.

The Snapdragon 410 processor is anticipated to begin sampling in the first half of 2014 and expected to be in commercial devices in the second half of 2014.

Qualcomm also announced for the first time the intention to make 4G LTE available across all of the Snapdragon product tiers. The Snapdragon 410 processor gives the 400 product tier several 4G LTE options for high-volume mobile devices, as the third LTE-enabled solution in the product tier.

By offering 4G LTE variants to its entry level smartphone line up, Qualcomm Technologies ensures that emerging regions are equipped for this transition while also having every major 2G and 3G technology available to them.

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