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Qualcomm's new platform to empower feature phone users with 4G

Qualcomm's new platform to empower feature phone users with 4G

While the market for these phones does continue shrinking as smartphones become cheaper and income levels rise, they still exist and have a profound impact in shaping the future of these rural economies. Further, it can take in 802.11 b/g/n bands for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, ANT+ and FM Radio. This platform consists of a 205 System on Chip (SoC) with LTE Cat 4 modem that is capable up to 150Mbps download speeds on 4G, 3G, and 2GB networks. The new Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform enclose various baseband functionalities along with several hardware components such as RF front end, discrete WiFi, amplifier, power management, software, audio codec and various other software components which will help feature phones operate better.

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Qualcomm has now announced a new ultra-budget 205 platform in India. General processing will be handled by a dual-core CPU running at a frequency of up to 1.1GHz. It can support a maximum of a 3-megapixel rear camera and also a selfie camera of the same resolution. Yes, you read that right, we are talking about feature phones as well here. Qualcomm also says that the processor supports a "Linux-based OS" and hence it is expected a toned down version of our beloved Android OS should work just fine.

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In addition to its versatility, the USA company also boasted about the efficiency of the Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform, saying that the devices powered by its new entry-level chip will be able to run for days on a single charge. Also the 205 Mobile Platform is pin-compatible with the Snapdragon 208/210 so the chipset could be used on existing designs without any sweat. Partners for the first batch of devices include Megafone, HiPad, Micromax, Reliance Jio, LYF, TCL and others. Do make a note that these speeds may not look groundbreaking but do make a note that we are talking about entry-level smartphones and feature phones here. It will be interesting to see what the future holds for the very bottom of the mobile market. As the Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform is scheduled to be commercialized by mid-2017, new details on the upcoming devices powered by the chip are bound to follow this spring.

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