When Qualcomm set out to bring us a line of processors for emerging markets — the Snapdragon 200 and 400 series, if you aren’t in the know — they wanted to provide silicon cheap enough for any budget, yet powerful enough for comfort. Cheap chipsets often come with a few caveats, though, with one being they typically don’t have integrated LTE radios.
Thankfully, Qualcomm is changing that for their own line. The newly-announced Quaclomm Snapdragon 410 chipset will feature an LTE “World Mode” chipset that supports most major bands and frequencies for LTE networks throughout the world, as well as 3G radios and support for dual-SIM and triple-SIM configurations.
This 28nm chip is also one of the first in Qualcomm’s line to feature 64-bit capable hardware, though it seems like that little tidbit is more for future proofing than anything else. The mobile ecosystem isn’t yet ready for 64-bit hardware as most OEMs are still fine with 2GB of RAM. Android also doesn’t have support for 64-bit architecture just yet.
It’s also a bit strange to see the first 64-bit support inside a chipset that is meant for budget smartphones. We doubt those particular phones will ever need to take advantage of the possibilities 64-bit enables. It’s nice to know that the necessary bits are there, though, and it has us confident Qualcomm will look to bring these to their high-end chipsets in due time.
The Snapdragon 410 also features an Adreno 306 GPU, support for 1080p playback, camera resolutions up to 13 megapixels, and support for Qualcomm’s standard suite of radios for WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC and more. The chip is expected to begin sampling in the first half of 2014, and should be ready for consumer products by the second half of that same year.
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