Qualcomm has a brand new chipset for low-end smartphones — the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 215.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 215 is the direct successor to the four-year-old Snapdragon 212. It gets 50% faster performance thanks to its four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.3GHz.
Its biggest upgrade is the 64-bit support, which means that it will be compatible with newer, and possibly upcoming Android versions. There’s also the new Adreno 308 GPU, which can provide 28% better performance than the former. This should give better performance in games and other related tasks.
The Snapdragon 215 also has improvements in the camera department. As dual-camera phones now became more mainstream since the release of its predecessor, the Snapdragon 215 can now handle two 8-megapixel sensors or a single 13-megapixel camera. It also has 1080p video recording, vs the 720p on the 212.
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A few upgrades are also seen in the connectivity section. This device now comes with WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, dual VoLTE and EVS calls. There’s also the built-in NFC for Android Pay support.
We shall see smartphones with Qualcomm Snapdragon 215 processors to arrive in sub-Php5k smartphones in the coming months.