Let’s face it; if you choose to read about smartphones for fun, you’re probably going to be running around with some sort of Qualcomm Snapdragon 800-powered beast. But hey, it’s at least interesting to know what’s going on at the opposite end of the spectrum.
Ladies and gentlemen, meet the spanking new Qualcomm Snapdragon 210, a processor designed for entry-level handsets, but with support for – and I mean this without my trademark sarcasm – entirely decent specs.
Indeed, looking at the various technologies supported, we could almost be reading about a fairly recent(ish) flagship.
For starters, we have a quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor running at up to 1.1GHz, while the Adreno 304 GPU supports 720p displays.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 also plays nice with 8MP rear cameras (including HDR and autofocus – among other tricks), while supporting 1080p video capture and playback.
And as if all that wasn’t enough, we also have support for LTE Cat.4 and LTE Dual SIM, and compatibility with Quick Charge 2.0 for up to 75% faster charging.
Ok, so it’s not octo-core or 64-bit (yawn), but it sounds not bad, right? Qualcomm aims to put the Snapdragon 210 in a whole wave of entry-level LTE phones, with commercial availability slated for the first half of 2015. As such, we can likely expect loads of QS210 phones at CES and MWC 2015.