Qualcomm announces its first 64-bit processor, aimed at entry-level market

Qualcomm announces its first 64-bit processor, aimed at entry-level marketPredictably, the Android world rolled its eyes just a few months ago when the iPhone 5s was unveiled with a 64-bit processor, but it didn’t take long for Samsung and Qualcomm to confirm that they’d follow suit.

Well, Qualcomm has now announced its first 64-bit processor, but – somewhat confusingly – it’s aimed at emerging markets rather than high-end beasts.

I speak of the spanking new Qualcomm Snapdragon 410, which was made official yesterday in this press release.

We fully expected Qualcomm’s first 64-bit processor to feature in handsets dubbed something silly like “super ultra-premium”, but it’s very much aimed at “highly affordable smartphones at a sub $150 price point”. Zuh?

One of the benefits of 64-bit processors, as I understand, is the ability to address whopping great chunks of RAM, something not typically associated with low-end devices. If anyone fancies throwing in a few educational paragraphs below, feel free!

Indeed, the aforementioned press release seems more focused on the presence of LTE, and the fact that it’s primed to explode over in China shortly. China Telecom alone has a frankly outrageous 740 million customers, and it’s set to roll out 4G later this month.

For what it's worth, other Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 features include support for 1080p video playback and 13MP cameras, and it's compatible with Android, Windows Phone and Firefox OS.

Inevitably we’ll meet a high-end Qualcomm 64-bit processor in the coming months, perhaps at January’s CES 2014 in Vegas.

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