Following the footsteps of Apple and its iPhone 5S, Qualcomm unveiled on Monday its own plans to introduce 64-bit computing to mobile devices, starting with the new Snapdragon 410 that will also bring LTE support to budget-friendly and mid-range devices.
Besides the redefined processing architecture and faster data connectivity (supporting all major modes and frequency bands used internationally), the Snapdragon 410 will also feature support for 1080p video playback and camera sensors with up to 13 megapixels of resolution. An Adreno 306 GPU will mainly handle the graphics. The chipset will also accommodate support for dual and triple SIM capabilities, NFC functionality, and location tracking besides GPS, such as GLONASS and BeiDou.
Prototype smartphones and tablets to come equipped with the Snapdragon 410 are expected show up in the first half of 2014, with commercial devices arriving in the second half of said year. These devices will be predominantly powered by Android, although the chipset—Qualcomm’s first of several upcoming processors that will be capable of 64-bit computing—will also be compatible with other mobile OS’s like Windows Phone and Firefox OS.
Qualcomm also announced last month its follow-up to the Snapdragon 800 that can support Ultra HD or 4K resolution.