Qualcomm is updating its chip family with a new quad-core processor aimed at entry-level smartphones and tablets. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 is an ARM Cortex-A7 processor with Adreno 304 graphics and support for 3G and 4G LTE networks.
Other features include Bluetooth 4.1, 802.11n WiFI, and support for 1080p HD video playback with hardware acceleration for H.264 and H.265 videos. It also supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology to let you charge a tablet or phone’s battery up to 75 percent fater.
The Snapdragon 210 is the kind of entry-level chip that’s probably faster and more energy efficient than a top-of-the-line model from a few years ago. But it has limitations by today’s standards.
The quad-core processor supports clock speeds up to 1.1 GHz, supports display resolutions up to 1280 x 720 pixels, and supports cameras sensors up to 8 megapixels.
Qualcomm is launching a tablet reference design based on the new processor, so don’t be surprised if we see a couple of similar-looking tablets using this new chip in the future… and by the future, I mean early 2015. The Snapdragon 210 processor should launch in the first half of the year.