Look around—4G LTE is all around us. The ubiquity of 4G LTE networks is apparent throughout much of the globe, even spreading into regions where smartphones have just outpaced their feature phone counterparts. Qualcomm®, a leader in 3G and 4G technology, is ensuring that 4G is as widespread as it seems, by making this technology available in its most cost-effective tier.
Today, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon™ 210 processor, making 4G LTE available in this class of processors for the first time. Realizing 3G is as ubiquitous, the company is also announcing a 3G-only variant called the Snapdragon 208.
The Snapdragon 210 processor will offer integrated, multimode 3G/4G LTE Advanced and LTE Dual SIM for entry-level smartphones and tablets. LTE Advanced means that this processor supports Carrier Aggregation (up to 20MHz)—another first in the 200 tier-- to help carriers achieve maximum 4G throughput (up to 150Mbps) via numerous RF band combinations. Dual SIM support is a popular feature in Asia and Europe, and Qualcomm is taking this feature to new heights by adding 4G LTE data support.
LTE accolades aside, the Snapdragon 210 is chock-full of mainstream features, integrated with an Adreno™ 300 series GPU, up to an 8 megapixel camera, and Full HD video capture and playback with support for native HEVC.
The Snapdragon 208 extends Qualcomm’s 3G leadership, designed for regions that are still on the verge of 4G LTE network deployment and consequently, 3G is currently more prevalent. The Snapdragon 208 features dual-core CPUs and can display up to qHD (or quarter-HD) resolutions. Both processors are anticipated to be available in commercial devices in the first half of 2015.