Sunday, 21 July, 2019

Next-gen Wear OS smartwatches set to get new, more efficient chipset

Snapdragon 215 With 215 mobile platform, Qualcomm hopes to spur sub-Rs 5000 segment of smartphones
Emmett Howard | 10 July, 2019, 22:22

The Qualcomm 215 is built on a 28nm process and will equip a quad-core CPU comprising of ARM's Cortex-A53 cores that are clocked at 1.3GHz. This could also make the entry-level segment more attractive with taller displays and dual cameras. Essentially, the 215 is the first chip in the low-end lineup to be fully 64-bit compliant. This could also be the first Wear chipset to feature a 64-bit CPU.

As far as the graphics are concerned, Qualcomm has used the Adreno 308 GPU that offers a 28% increase in performance over the Adreno 304 GPU that was used in the Snapdragon 212 chipset.

Wearables are still not that popular as in the smartphone level but the smartwatches can be greatly improved. Then there's support for a dual camera stack on the back of the phone.

"Featuring a 64-bit CPU and dual-ISPs, the Qualcomm 215 Mobile Platform is a significant milestone for the expansion of the entire mobile industry", said Kedar Kondap, vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

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On the connectivity front, the Qualcomm 215 integrates the Snapdragon X5 modem with Cat 4 LTE and carrier aggregration, allowing download speeds up to 150Mbps. Even though the chipset supports these features, it is not necessary we will see them in all budget phones out of the box.

Qualcomm is quick to point out other "firsts" for the Snapdragon 215. In addition to Qualcomm Hexagon DSP.

The new mobile platform also promises to supports up to a single 13MP camera and dual 8MP cameras thanks to its dual 12-bit ISP. For example, the chip is the first to support dual SIM cards with dual VoLTE, and also the first to support NFC payments on Android, which theoretically means that you can use a 200-series chip for POS transactions. The cameras can also capture video in full HD, 1080p resolution. Increasingly, smartphone makers are making the leap towards more powerful Qualcomm 6 Series for their mobile devices. Until now, we don't know anything about the devices that will use this new Chip.

The new Qualcomm 215 SoC is a successor edition to Qualcomm 212 that was launched in the year 2015. For faster speeds, the Snapdragon 215 additionally works with 802.11ac WiFi to achieve as much as 433 Mbps get charges.

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