Well, it’s official, the 64-bit mobile processor market is now a two-horse race, thanks to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 410 chipset, which the chip maker announced earlier today, merely a day after details on the chipset leaked out. Unlike Apple, Qualcomm’s chip is aimed at the entry-level market – it’s the cheapest mobile chip with LTE support yet, aimed at entry-level devices that are expected to spur most of the growth in the smartphone market in the coming years.
Commenting on the announcement Jeff Lorbeck, senior vice president and chief operating officer, Qualcomm Technologies, China said, “We are excited to bring 4G LTE to highly affordable smartphones at a sub-$150 price point with the introduction of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor. The Snapdragon 410 chipset will also be the first of many 64-bit capable processors as Qualcomm Technologies helps lead the transition of the mobile ecosystem to 64-bit processing.”
Apart from 64-bit processing and LTE support, the Snapdragon 410 also packs the new Adreno 306 GPU, four Cortex-A53 cores at clock speeds up to 1.2GHz, a slew of connectivity features including, NFC, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, FM radio, GPS and GLONASS, 1080p video playback, support for dual and triple SIM operation, and is compatible with Android, Windows Phone, and Firefox. Sampling of the Snapdragon 410 chips will begin in the first half of 2014, followed by an appearance in retail products in the second half – as mentioned above, the new chip will see high adoption mainly in emerging markets, where smartphones made by local manufacturers compete both on price and features while giving big brands a tough time.
Here are the technical details, courtesy of AnandTech:
|Manufacturing Process||28nm LP|
|CPU||4 x ARM Cortex A53 1.2GHz+|
|GPU||Qualcomm Adreno 306|
|Memory Interface||1 x 64-bit LPDDR2/3|
|Integrated Modem||9×25 core, LTE Category 4, DC-HSPA+|