Qualcomm 205: new platform wants to modernize low-cost smartphones
Although the technology market often gives much attention to the world of smartphones, there are still those who prefer to use low-cost smartphones – the so-called feature phones. Qualcomm announced on Monday 20th a new platform, the Qualcomm 205, created with the intention of modernizing them.
Revealed at an event in New Delhi, the Qualcomm 205 is the first upgrade the company releases for this segment over a three year period. The main point of the hardware is to bring 4G, 3G, and 2G connectivity as well as the ability to reach speeds of up to 150 Mbps in data transfer.
The novelty should also result in faster devices thanks to a dual-core processor of 1.1 GHz combined with an Adreno GPU. Focused on markets such as India, Latin America, and Southeast Asia, the platform also brings support to two SIM chips as an integral part.
According to Qualcomm, the new platform will allow more people and small businesses to have access to banking services, to use voice transmission systems over LTE and WiFi connections and to have access to streaming music services. All this combined with a lower energy consumption that should prolong the time of use offered by basic cell phones.
The manufacturer claims that the chipset 205 is already available to manufacturers interested in using it, but that it should still take a while before it reaches consumers. The first devices equipped with the new technology are expected to hit stores as early as the second quarter of this year.