Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Electronics | By Jesus Weaver

Feature Phones to Receive 4G Connectivity Soon

Feature Phones to Receive 4G Connectivity Soon

It is a Dual Core SoC clocked at 1.1 GHz coupled with Adreno GPU as was the case with all Snapdragon CPUs. The newly launched chip is the first addition to the Qualcomm Mobile brand that the USA chip maker announced last week. U.S. chip maker Qualcomm, however, recently announced its 205 chipset, that'll allow more feature phones (aka "dumb" phones that don't have a touchscreen, Global Positioning System or an app store) to achieve LTE speeds. But in emerging markets such as India, Vietnam and South Africa, about half of all phones in use are feature phones, according to a 2016 report by IDC. The chip also features support for Bluetooth 4.1 and 802.11 b/g/n wireless standards.

The mobile platform from Qualcomm isn't going to be their primary focus by a long shot as even though there is still a significant amount of sales that the feature phone market is going to see, smartphones are undoubtedly going to overtake this market eventually. "As operators around the world redefine subscription plans to take greater advantage of robust LTE network rollouts, devices with the Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform are created to support consumers, micro-enterprises, and others, to economically communicate using advanced LTE data services such as Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWi-Fi)".

Since this Platform is oriented towards feature phones, it does have limited support for camera and displays. It can also support 3MP rear and front-facing camera. Qualcomm will support Linux-based operating systems on the platform. It will also support dual-SIM configurations.

"The launch of Qualcomm 205 is a chipset for 4G feature phones which provides opportunity for OEMs, operators and content providers to extend experience of 4G on feature phones", Qualcomm Technologies Senior Vice President Jim Cathey said here. For that, Qualcomm has revealed a list of OEMs and ODMs which include Micromax, Reliance Jio, LYF, Borqs, CKT, Flex etc.

The launch of the 205 Mobile Platform comes just days after Qualcomm announced that it doesn't want you, or us, to call its processors, er, processors anymore, and is instead asking for Snapdragon to be referred to as a "platform".

Telecom equipment company Qualcomm today unveiled Qualcomm 205, a chipset to be used for making 4G feature phones that are expected to be priced below $50 or Rs 3,500 a unit.

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