Mobile platform supports 64-bit CPU, Dual-ISPs

Yolanda Curtis
July 10, 2019

When it comes to wearables, especially in Android, apart from Samsung, all the others rely on Qualcomm based chipsets and run on Google's Wear OS. The company has taken the wraps off of the latest addition to the Snapdragon 200 series - the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 215. And, for all we know, there's no guarantee that all the new features of the Snapdragon 429 smartphone SoC will carry over to the Snapdragon Wear processor.

Claimed to offer up to 50 percent faster performance, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 215 is based on a new 64-bit architecture that has four ARM Cortex-A53 cores at a maximum clock speed of 1.3GHz.

Qualcomm additionally added NFC payment compatibility to the Snapdragon 215, in addition to dual SIM support.

The Qualcomm 215 supports dual ISPs (Image Signal Processors), a first in the 200x series. It will also allow you to record full HD videos on your Smartphone. The smartwatches were powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor. The Qualcomm 215 can support a single camera sensor of 13MP resolution while in dual camera mode, it can support an 8MP+8MP sensors. PJ Jacobowitz, Staff Manager - Product Marketing at Qualcomm, told BGR India that Adreno 308 brings 28 percent faster graphics rendering over Adreno 304 seen on the Snapdragon 212. In terms of connectivity, it includes the Snapdragon X5 LTE modem along with LTE Cat 4 support.

Cheap phones are slowly moving toward tall display ratios like 18:9, and the Snapdragon 215 will support that up to HD+ at 720×1560 (19.9:9).

Qualcomm has significantly accelerated the design, development, and deployment of the new 215 SoC. According to Qualcomm, the chip introduces new tech that previously hasn't been available in the 200 series, including the fact that it's the first 64-bit processor in the series. There is a huge and rising market of ultra-affordable smartphones. This could bode well for the entry-level segment where smartphones manufactured by local players as well as Chinese OEMs face performance issues because of low-grade hardware. Moreover, with support for the latest communication standards, telecom companies could confidently deploy high-speed services in developing, underdeveloped or even remote regions.

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