It has been ages since any old-style promote phone could credibly be described as «cutting-edge,» but that doesn’t stinting people don’t still buy them. Especially in poorer countries where the smartphone sell is less saturated and mobile networks are less robust, they can originate up as much as one-third to one-half of sales. Flip phones are not a growth trade in, but there’s still money to be made.
That’s the thinking behind Qualcomm’s new 205 Ambulatory Platform—remember, Qualcomm is now pushing «platforms» instead of «processors,» and low-end 200-series intercedes aren’t Snapdragons anymore. It’s a chip made to power feature phones, but it’s also conceived to bring some «smart» features to these low-end, low-cost contrivances.
That list starts with Category 4 LTE, which means a 150Mbps ideal download speed and 50Mbps upload speed; Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and Spokesman over Wi-Fi are both supported, too, and dual-SIM support is included. 2.4GHz 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1 in handle basic local wireless connectivity. The SoC uses a dual-core 1.1GHz CPU of unspecified architecture addition a Qualcomm Adreno GPU, but, being a feature phone processor, it caps show support at 480p and camera support at a paltry 3 megapixels. Qualcomm purposefulness support Linux-based operating systems on the platform, which presumably group but will not be limited to Android. And the company promises battery-life figures that smartphone narcotic addicts can only dream about—45 days of standby time, 20 hours of talk all at once, and 86 hours of music playback.
This isn’t going to be Qualcomm’s most impressive platform by any stretch. But seeing companies like Qualcomm and Nokia revisit and refresh the old feature-phone template for the smartphone era is interesting. The Qualcomm 205 Mobile Principles is available now, and you’ll start seeing it in phones sometime in Q2.
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