Qualcomm wants to improve the feature phone, which is still very much in demand in emerging markets, through LTE connectivity. The new 205 Mobile Platform offers this capability and also provides the phone with multimedia features. New feature phones can thus form a bridge to the more expensive smartphone.
In emerging markets such as India, Latin America or the Southeast Asia region, simple feature phones are still very much in demand as the leap to the smartphone is associated with considerable additional costs for many residents. Qualcomm wants to take the 205 Mobile Platform a new middle way and equip the simple phone with certain functions of a smartphone.
LTE for feature phones
The connection to the LTE network is a prerequisite for this project for Qualcomm. In many emerging markets, the move from 2G is directly to LTE, without having in the meantime advanced the 3G expansion. In Africa, instead of the relocation of fixed lines, the setting up of LTE infrastructure is being set.
The 205 Mobile Platform uses Qualcomm’s new naming scheme, which does not use the Snapdragon name for the 200 series to better separate the product from the premium segment of the 4/6/800 series.
WLAN, Bluetooth, ANT +, the book Radio
The functionality of the new platform includes a LTE modem for LTE Cat. 4 with up to 150 Mbps in the downstream and 50 Mbps in the upstream. Support for 3G and 2G is still available. Additional connectivity is provided by dual SIM, WLAN 802.11 b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.1, ANT + and FM radio.
The processor is a dual-core solution consisting of two ARM Cortex-A7s up to 1.1 GHz and a small Adreno GPU that can control VGA displays in 480p resolution with up to 60 FPS and simple Games. Two cameras with up to 3 megapixels and HD video streaming are also supported.
Compatible with the Snapdragon 210/212 and available now
The new 205 Mobile Platform is pin-compatible with the system-on-a chips known as Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 and 212 so that the underlying hardware for new phones does not have to be completely redesigned, which results in cost savings and cheaper feature phones , The 205 Mobile Platform can be combined with all Linux-based operating systems.
New feature phones with 205 Mobile Platform are expected to reach retail outlets from the second quarter, while OEMs and ODMs are already available. Phones should be based on a 2.000-mAh battery run times of 45 days standby, 20 hours of telephony, 86 hours of music and 68 hours of FM radio.