Qualcomm has announced its latest smartphone platform called the Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform at an event in New Delhi.
The 205 Platform will be focussing on Qualcomm's entry level SoCs for emerging markets such as India, Latin America, South East Asia and so on. The idea behind the 205 Mobile Platform is to get 4G and VoLTE support to devices in the sub-$50 price tag (approx Rs 3000). Phones based on this platform will be seen in Q2 2017.
Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform comes with a dual core Cortex A7 chipset clocked at 1.1GHz, Adreno 304GPU and is built on the 28nm manufacturing process. The 205 SoC comes with a Snapdragon X5 integrated modem, LTE Cat 4 (150Mbps down/50Mbps Up), HSPA+, VoLTE support. It will also support dual-SIM configurations.
While Qualcomm has had 200-series SoCs in the past, the focus with the 205 Mobile Platform is to enable low-cost handsets to support 4G VoLTE as well. Qualcomm has removed its Hexagon DSP to save up on die space. Also the 205 Mobile Platform is pin-compatible with the Snapdragon 208/210 so the chipset could be used on existing designs without any sweat. It can support up to 3MP rear camera, VGA front camera, VGA displays, integrated Wi-Fi at 802.11n standard, FM Radio, GPS, GLONASS, Beidou and more.
According to Qualcomm, the 205 Mobile Platform and its associated software has been developed in India, keeping in touch with the 'Make in India' initiative.
Qualcomm has partnered with OEM/ODM players such as Borqs, Flex, FIH/Megaphone, Reliance Jio, Micromax, TCL, TSM, LYF, Uniscope, among others.
The Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform is available for OEMs and ODMs from today and devices sporting it will start selling in the market from second quarter onwards.
Speaking at the launch of the Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform, Jim Cathey, senior vice president, Asia Pacific and India for Qualcomm Technologies said, "India and the South East Asia regions present growth opportunities in the telecom space with 4G adoption rising and continued adoption of feature phones. The launch of Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform presents a unique opportunity for OEMs, operators and content providers to extend superior experiences to users by enabling data on feature phones."