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Qualcomm is developing Snapdragon Wear 429 with 64-bit support

Snapdragon 215 With 215 mobile platform, Qualcomm hopes to spur sub-Rs 5000 segment of smartphones
Cecil Davis | 10 July, 2019, 22:20

According to WinFuture and its sources, Qualcomm is testing two new chip platforms designed for use with Google Wear OS devices. The entry-level platform also makes 4G VoLTE possible in a dual SIM, dual standby state. Google requires 64-bit apps, as it prepares for future Android devices that only support 64-bit code.

The new CPU also comes with a bunch of display upgrades, and now supports a 19.9:9 aspect ratio and HD+ (1,560 x 720) display. More importantly, it's the first chipset for low-end smartphones that supports 64-bit architecture, which translates in performance boost and better device longevity. The new chipset also features an integrated Hexagon DSP and Adreno 308 GPU for 28 percent better performance in gaming. With support from our 3rd party ecosystem, dual cameras can enable optical zoom and depth sensing, resulting in overall improved detail rich photos. Qualcomm also throws in a nifty goodie, Quick Charge, into the mix, giving up to 75 percent faster charging than a normal charger.

Both platforms are being tested with 1GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 8GB of eMMC 5.1 storage.

Qualcomm has just announced this new SoC so we may get to see the new Android devices powered by Qualcomm 215 in the coming months. This low power processor takes over when the user isn't actively looking at their watch, and only steps are being recorded. It is the first ever platform in the 2-series to come with support for EVS Voice calls and Dual Sim with Dual Voice-over-LTE.

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The Snapdragon 215 replaces the 210, which has been a bottom-tier chip for Qualcomm since 2014. Qualcomm says phones with the Snapdragon 215 are expected to arrive in the second half of 2019.

In terms of connectivity, it supports WiFi 802.11b/g/n ac MU-MIMO, USB 2.0, Bluetooth 4.2 and also NFC which is one of the big surprises in this respect. The 215 SoC can confidently run a single camera with maximum 13MP HD+ resolution or two cameras at 8MP resolution in dual setup camera.

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. It's certainly disappointing news for those of us who are looking to upgrade in the near future.