JioPhone: Qualcomm's Snapdragon 205 platform to power Reliance Jio's 4G feature phone

While the details of the much talked about JioPhone announced on 21 July are still sparse at best, chipmaker Qualcomm decided to open up and shed some light on one important hardware bit of the feature phone, its processor.

Yes, Qualcomm made official via a tweet from its official Twitter handle that Reliance Jio's JioPhone would be powered by the chipmaker's Snapdragon 205 mobile platform.

Going through Qualcomm's website, the 205 mobile platform has been design to bring 4G LTE to feature phones. The platform brings a combination of features with performance that somehow does not compromise battery life.

Now that the platform has been confirmed by Qualcomm, we now know that it will feature the Snapdragon X5 LTE modem, supporting Category 4 peak download speeds of 150 Mbps and peak upload speeds of 50 Mbps.

Reliance Jio JioPhone 4G feature phone

Obviously, there's VoLTE support along with Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) as well. The platform also allows for Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g, Bluetooth version 4.1, GPS, GLONASS, A-GPS and USB 2.0 ports.

Camera support also includes modules up to 3 MP, while video capture is capped at 480p @ 30 fps. The device should also be capable of 720p video playback, which should be great for the JioTV casting feature.

Supported video codecs include H.264 (AVC), MP4 and VP8.

Coming to the CPU itself, it offers clockspeeds up to 1.1 GHz and a dual-core architecture using the 28 nm LP manufacturing process. There's also an Adreno 304 GPU (with OpenGL ES 3.0 API support) to support the graphics, which is pretty cool.

The platform also supports LPDDR2 and LPDDR3 RAM modules clocked at 384 MHz and eMMC 4.5 storage.

A detail to note is that all of the above is the hardware that the Snapdragon 205 platform supports as per the Qualcomm website. The hardware on the JioPhone could have the above bolted on to it, but its not necessary, that all the features mentioned above will be a part of the final package.

The Reliance Jio JioPhone will be available for pre-booking via the MyJio app, the Jio website, or across Reliance Digital stores, all of which will begin accepting pre-orders for this 4G feature phone from 24 August. You can click here to know about the booking details, features, plans, pricing and more.

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Updated Date: Jul 23, 2017 13:11 PM