Qualcomm’s latest chip for entry-level smartphones is designed to offer up to 50-percent better performance than its predecessor, a 28 percent graphics boost, and new features including support for budget smartphones with dual cameras.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 215 processor is also a 64-bit chip, which makes the new processor a lot more future-proof than the 32-bit Snapdragon 212 mobile platform it replaces (Google will continue to offer 32-bit Android apps for the foreseeable future, but the company is requiring developers to offer 64-bit versions starting next month).
Here are some of the key features of the new chip:
- 28nm Quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU (up to 1.3 GHz)
- Adreno 308 GPU
- Qualcomm Hexagon DSP
- High-definition audio playback up to 192 kHz/24-bit
- Display resolutions up to 1560 x 720
- 2 image signal processors
- Dual camera support (up to 13MP photo capture for single-camera or 8MP for dual cameras)
- Up to 1080p video capture
- Qualcomm Snapdragon X5 LTE Cat 4 modem (150Mbps down/50 Mbps up)
- Dual SIM support
- 802.11ac WiFi
- Bluetooth 4.2
- Qualcomm Quick Charge support
- Up to 3 GB of LPDDR3 672 MHz RAM
- Support for eMMC 4.5 built-in storage and UHS-I/SD 3.0 removable storage
Qualcomm says we should start to see Snapdragon 215-powered devices in the second half of 2019… so any day now.