If until now the manufacturer has focused its attention only on high-end chipsets and middle-rangers, it was about time to do something about the entry-level market too, as one of their rivals, MediaTek, seems to be dominating this segment. And Qualcomm knew exactly what they had to do, as the Snapdragon 210, an entry-level chipset, was introduced.
By far the most interesting feature of this new Snapdragon is the LTE Cat. 4 connectivity. I mean, LTE on an entry-level phone, what more could you ask for? Well, there are still some things left…
The chipset comes with a quad-core CPU and an Adreno 304 GPU, able to support 720p displays or 1080p video playback. When it comes to the camera, expect phones equipped with the Snapdragon 210 to have an 8 MP rear sensor, with HDR and autofocus. Last but not least, the battery will charge with 75% faster, thanks to the Quick Charge 2.0 technology.
With this new chipset, Qualcomm is aiming especially to markets like China or India, where MediaTek seems to be the leader, with almost 40% of the smartphones featuring their system-on-chips.
As for our point of view, the new Snapdragon 210 will result in even more affordable LTE handsets, especially for emerging markets. Should we start thinking about 5G already? What do you think?