Qualcomm introduces 205 Mobile Platform for feature phones in India

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Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform comes with a dual core Cortex A7 chipset clocked at 1.1GHz, Adreno 304GPU and is built on the 28nm manufacturing process.

"Processor is a word that Qualcomm Technologies has embraced over the years with our Snapdragon brand, or as we say - our Qualcomm Snapdragon processor", the firm explained. By launching the Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform, the San Diego-based company is hoping to address the needs of wireless carriers in emerging markets that are now in the process of transitioning their users from 2G and 3G networks to 4G solutions.

Coming to features of the new Qualcomm 205 SoC, the new chipset supports all 2G, 3G and 4G networks along with LTE Cat 4 modem with up to 150 Mbps download speed and up to 50 Mbps upload speed. It also includes several connectivity options such as 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, ANT+, FM radio. But in emerging markets such as India, Vietnam and South Africa, about half of all phones in use are feature phones, according to a 2016 report by IDC. While the market for these phones does continue shrinking as smartphones become cheaper and income levels rise, they still exist and have a profound impact in shaping the future of these rural economies. Instead, the company will call it as Qualcomm Mobile Platform, and we're already witnessing how this change works.

The 205 Mobile Platform isn't as advanced and feature-packed as its high-end counterparts, but it still packs some decent specs in this suite.

Since this Platform is oriented towards feature phones, it does have limited support for camera and displays.

The Snapdragon 205 Platform also packs in support for satellite systems like GPS, GLONASS and Beidou. Qualcomm did not reveal any upcoming phones in the USA that will feature this chipset.

The US-based firm said that it has partnered with many vendors including Reliance Jio, Micromax, Borqs, Megaphone, Flextronics who plan to sell their 4G feature phones in India.

Qualcomm has announced a new mobile chip that will go inside entry-level phones. It will be interesting to see what the future holds for the very bottom of the mobile market.

Further, the official release continues to add that feature phones based on their new platform will enable consumers to easily jump ship from 2G or even 3G devices to affordable 4G-compatible phones.



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