Qualcomm has launched the Snapdragon 215 as its newest entry-level mobile platform. The Snapdragon 215 replaces the Snapdragon 212 seen on smartphones like the Nokia 2. The entry-level mobile platform brings major changes to Qualcomm 2 Series. The Snapdragon 215 is now a smartphone platform. It means that the platform might not power devices running KaiOS’ smart feature platform. While the Snapdragon 212 was meant to bring 4G to everyone, the Snapdragon 215 brings 4G VoLTE to even entry-level devices.
vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies said, “Featuring a 64-bit CPU and dual-ISPs, the Qualcomm 215 Mobile Platform is a significant milestone for the expansion of the entire mobile industry. We’re raising the bar for mass market devices and enabling experiences that were never before possible in the 2-series.”
Performance and Battery Life
Qualcomm 215 mobile platform comes with ARM Cortex A53 cores that are claimed to deliver up to 50% increased CPU performance as compared to the predecessor. The chipset is the first-ever 64-bit CPU in the 2-series to come with a big boost in performance and it is claimed to offer better device longevity as it has support for modern 64-bit applications. The chipset also comes with an integrated Qualcomm Hexagon DSP that can support more than five days of music playback. Qualcomm 215 SoC also comes with Qualcomm’s Adreno 308 GPU and is equipped with display and video processing engines that support up to 10+ hours of video playback. It also has Qualcomm Quick Charge technology.
Qualcomm 215 has support for dual ISPs, which means that it can support dual rear cameras. We should point out that this is also a first in the 2-series. The chipset will enable the device to capture images of up to 13MP. It is also the first ever chipset in 2-series to come with support for HD+ resolution displays. Since it comes with Adreno 308 GPU, Qualcomm 215 has a boost of up to 28% increased gaming performance as compared to its predecessor.
Qualcomm 215 also comes with integrated Snapdragon X5 modem that has support for LTE Cat 4 with Carrier Aggregation for faster data rates and download speeds up to 150Mbps. 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. This allows users to have multiple SIMs in their device.
The Qualcomm 215 Mobile Platform debuts the following “firsts” in the 2-series:
- 64-bit CPU
- Supports up to 13MP photo capture
- Support for Full HD (1080p) video capture
- Support for HD+ resolution display
- Hexagon DSP for audio and sensor processing
- Support for Dual SIM with Dual VoLTE
- EVS voice calls
- Wi-Fi 802.11ac
- Support for NFC Payments on Android