Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 215 aimed at entry-level smartphones

Ruben Fields
July 10, 2019

It has four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.3GHz, which the company claims is 50 percent faster compared to the A7 cores that were present in the Snapdragon 212. The 215 chipsets from Snapdragon is the successor to the Snapdragon 212 chipset.

The new chipset also features the Adreno 308 GPU which is the same GPU on the Snapdragon 425 chipset. The Qualcomm 215 can support a single camera sensor of 13MP resolution while in dual camera mode, it can support an 8MP+8MP sensors.

Qualcomm released the Snapdragon Wear 3100 nearly a year ago and I think it's safe to say that the processor did little to help out Google's Wear OS.

Furthermore, the Qualcomm 215 gets support for 19.5:9 aspect ratio display when will enable OEMs to fit taller displays, even with a notch. By removing the limitations of a chipset, smartphone makers can finally bring better features to budget phones in the sub-Rs 10,000 price range. More importantly, it's the first chipset for low-end smartphones that supports 64-bit architecture, which translates in performance boost and better device longevity. Processing power aside, however, the chip supports some more advanced features, too - like dual image signaling processors, meaning that it can support a dual-sensor camera. The new chip is also reduced in size, which allows Qualcomm to put more transistors into the Wear 429 / Wear 2700. There is also an Adreno 308 GPU that is rated to boost the gaming performance by up to 25 percent from the predecessor. When Qualcomm revealed the 3100 past year, it claimed the larger node used was an intentional power-saving decision, and that the chip would operate more efficiently in a low-power state for longer periods. That's also a first for a 200-series processor.

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Commercial devices with Qualcomm 215 chipset are expected to be available in second half of 2019.

The new chipset now supports dual ISP functionality, a first for the 200-series.

When it comes to wearables, especially in Android, apart from Samsung, all the others rely on Qualcomm based chipsets and run on Google's Wear OS.

On the connectivity front, the Qualcomm 215 integrates the Snapdragon X5 modem with Cat 4 LTE and carrier aggregration, allowing download speeds up to 150Mbps.

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