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How Qualcomm’s new chipset will bring great VoIP performance to the cheapest smartphones?

November 10, 2014 by Omar Sohail

While most of smartphone universe is aweing over the earth shattering computing performance of flagship Android chipsets such as the Snapdragon 805 and the expensive handsets they are incorporated in to, they seldom notice the features and categories of the devices falling in to inexpensive category.

And why would they? Mediocre performance, outdated wireless standard, and worst of all, no LTE, or 3G modem for making high performing VoIP calls are few of the many features missing from these low priced smartphones that would make even the financially constrained consumers turn a blind eye towards them. All that is going to change, thanks to Qualcomm’s upcoming new chipset.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 210

Thanks to the existence of LTE and mobile chipset manufacturers, who add built in LTE modems in to their chipsets, using communication applications such as VoIP apps for making free international calls can now be done without breaking a sweat.

That deal is about to get a whole lot sweeter because you will be able to make VoIP calls from extremely low priced devices without being connected to a wireless hotspot. How? Thanks to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 210 chipset. While the chipset might not be packing any upending performance, its increased number of features, not to mention the inclusion of an LTE modem is going to make customers belonging to the lower tier market, very, very happy. Given below are the technical specifications that the chipset is going to come bundled with.

• Processor: 1.1 GHz quad core ARM Cortex A7 processor

• GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 304 GPU

• LTE connectivity: 4G LTE Cat 4 speeds of up to 150 Mbps (download speed)    with 2 x 10 MHz Carrier Aggregation

• Wireless adapter type: 802.11 n (2.4 GHz)

• 1080p HD Video playback

• Camera: Rear camera up to 8 MP

• Display: Up to 720 pixels

While the 1.1 GHz quad core processor will not allow users to get overly adventurous with their devices, the biggest perk of owning a low cost smartphone now will most definitely be getting access to experience the speeds presented by LTE connectivity.

Most high end devices come equipped with the LTE Cat 4 type modem (with the most expensive ones possessing an LTE Cat 6 modem delivers download speeds of up to 300 Mbps) so it will be great to see a ‘luxury’ component being placed in to a cost effective device. While no word has been given by the company, the Snapdragon 210 will most likely end up being a 64 bit processor (so far Qualcomm’s products starting with the model number *10 end up being 64 bit processors, most notably the upcoming Snapdragon 810 and the newly released Snapdragon 610), granting a more fluid experience when it comes to making VoIP calls.

However, Qualcomm did care to mention that the devices housing the Snapdragon 210 chipset will be priced in the sub $100 category, prompting everyone that they do not require an expensive handset to experience LTE Cat 4 speeds.


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