Qualcomm announces its 205 Mobile chip that will bring improved graphics, LTE capabilities, and more responsiveness to candy-bar mobile phones. The mobile chip giant believes there is an unexploited opportunity in such feature devices and believes it can provide high-end features to these simple phones.
The San Diego chipset designer is having another go at making a dent in the affordable mobile phones market. Mashable notes that although feature mobile phones are rapidly vanishing from developed markets, they are still very popular in developing countries such as India. In 2016, around 147 million feature mobile phones reportedly shipped in the south Asian nation.
According to the Verge, Qualcomm’s 205 platform will not have the advanced features of the company’s flagship chips, however, it will support a 480p VGA display operating at 60 frames-per-second (fpm), front and rear 3-megapixel cameras, and allow users to stream videos. The chip also includes support for two SIM cards in one device, and high-def video streaming.
Qualcomm Technologies is hoping to address the needs of carrier firms in emerging markets that are currently in the process of switching from 2G and 3G solutions to 4G networks, notes Android Headlines. The freshly introduced 205 chip is the first addition to the San Diego, California-based semiconductor manufacturer company’s Mobile brand.
JP Morgan predicts that smartphone sales in India will expand 15 percent in 2017. The 205 Mobile platform, launched in New Delhi, India on Monday, are available to device makers immediately and should be included in new handsets as soon as the second quarter.
Qualcomm’s new chip will provide low-end phones with LTE capabilities. The 4G LTE-enabled chip was created for contemporary feature mobile phones that still account for around 20 percent of worldwide handset sales. It should also provide a cheaper way for mobile phone users in nations like Brazil and India to upgrade from 3G or even 2G phones for cheap, and make use of the increasing number of 4G connections.
Qualcomm Inc. continues to struggle in feature phone and entry-level smartphone market. Tarun Pathak, senior analyst at marketing research firm Counterpoint, said that the leading mobile chip maker has virtually no presence in feature mobile phones space; in 2016, the chipmaker’s processor powered just 12 percent of entry-level smartphones that were shipped in the Indian nation.
On Monday, Qualcomm revealed that its new chip will provide smartphone-like features to simple, low-end mobile phones. The chip giant said that these devices will enable the use of Voice over LTE (VoLTE), provide easy access to financial transactions for people who run small businesses, open up a world of streaming music and video to users, and enable Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWi-Fi). First smartphones backed by the chip are expected to hit emerging markets in the second quarter of 2017.
By Anila Maring
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