Qualcomm reveals the first chipset of its new Mobile platform

This morning, Qualcomm announced its new entry-level 205 platform at a launch event held in New Delhi. The new SoC is designed to provide 4G LTE services and connectivity for budget phones sold in emerging markets such as Southeast Asia, India, and Latin America.

As we're looking at a system chip that is made with the intention of being present in sub-$50 mass-market phones, the specs aren't anything to write home about. The features of the 205 chipset include a Dual Core CPU at 1.1GHz, an Adreno 304 GPU, capabilities of supporting a 480p VGA display at 60 frames per second and 3MP back/front cameras. However, the new 205 is also able to achieve up to 150 Mbps download speeds on 4G, 3G, and 2G networks, and has dual SIM support on board. You can check all the major specs of the new SoC and how it compares to its predecessors in the table below.

Qualcomm 200-series chipsets
CPU2 x ARM Cortex A7
@ 1.1GHz
2 x ARM Cortex A7
@ 1.1GHz
4 x ARM Cortex A7
@ 1.1GHz
GPUAdreno 304Adreno 304Adreno 304
Memory Interface32-bit LPDDR2/332-bit LPDDR2/332-bit LPDDR2/3
Integrated WiFi802.11n 1-stream802.11n 1-stream802.11n 1-stream
Integrated ModemSnapdragon X5: LTE Category 4, HSPA+, DS-DA, VoLTEGobi 3G: HSPA+, DS-DASnapdragon X5: LTE Category 4, HSPA+, DS-DA, VoLTE
Manufacturing Process28nm LP28nm LP28nm LP
Video Encode/DecodeDecode: 720p30
Encode: 480p30
Decode: 720p

Encode: 720p
Decode: 1080p
Encode: 720p
Launch Date03/201709/201409/2014

This is the first update to the company's 200-series since the announcement of the Snapdragon 212 back in July of 2015, and the chipset is renamed under the new "Mobile" brand, as Qualcomm recently revealed that only its high-end SoC's will bear the Snapdragon label.

source: Qualcomm via The Verge



1. androiduser

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2. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Snapdragon is keeping cortex A7 alive really ? even 1 year old 35 $ raspberry pi 3 is a Quad core" Cortex A53 "

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The A53 replaces the A9, not A7 (the A35 replaces the A7)http://images.anandtech.com/doci/10061/1.PNG That being said, Qualcomm really should replace the A7 with the A35 Its really disappointing that MediaTek are the only ones using the A35

3. SamsungIsLife

Posts: 39; Member since: Mar 19, 2017

What's the use of 4g speeds on such crappy mobile?

8. Nathan_ingx

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9. KingSam

Posts: 1492; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

This ^ made my day! btw my laptop fells less responsive when brosing PA. Damn these Ads.

10. tywanjames

Posts: 64; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

4. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

A pointless chipset with minimal deviation from those other two, when is the S660 getting announced?

6. rocksy

Posts: 67; Member since: May 06, 2014

Qualcomm is expecting to be able to get 20 hours of talk time, 86 hous of music playback & 45 day standby out of 205 Feature phones based on Stripped Down Android operating System.

7. rocksy

Posts: 67; Member since: May 06, 2014

"Feature phones are a lifeline in many emerging countries [India, Latin America & Southeast Asia] and the 'Qualcomm 205' mobile platform allows us to bring 4G connectivity and services to the masses with devices at price points never seen before," - Qualcomm Technologies Inc.

11. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

3G is going to be abandoned by 2020, or in some places, so with that kind of reckless abandon I guess we need 'smarter' basic phones...

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