Qualcomm has announced the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset that comes with integrated 4G LTE and also brings the 64-bit chip architecture to budget smartphones. Qualcomm has been very active recently, as it has announced the Snapdragon 805 ‘Ultra HD’ processor with Adreno 420 GPU in the past month, that improves the actual “darling” of flagship Android smarthpones – the Snapdragon 800.
Now, the American company has introduced the Snapdragon 410 that is a 28nm System-on-Chip focused on lower-end devices and emerging markets. The new Snapdragon chip will be launched in new smartphones in the first half of 2014, and consumers will be able to use it in the second half. The new Snapdragon 410 processor will bring integrated 4G LTE to sub $150 smartphones, which will be a crucial moment for the emerging markets, such as China or India.
Jeff Lorbeck, senior vice president and chief operating officer at Qualcomm Technologies, China, said the following:
We are excited to bring 4G LTE to highly affordable smartphones at a sub $150 ( ̴ 1,000 RMB) price point with the introduction of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor. The Snapdragon 410 chipset will also be the first of many 64-bit capable processors as Qualcomm Technologies helps lead the transition of the mobile ecosystem to 64-bit processing.
The Snapdragon 410 is also be Qualcomm’s first 64-bit capable product and it also includes the new Adreno 306 GPU, support for 1080p video playback and up to a 13 Megapixel camera. It will also offer support for dual- and triple-SIM devices, GPS/GLONASS, WiFI, NFC and Bluetooth. It will be compatible with Android, Windows Phone and Firefox OS. Mozilla’s new mobile operating system seems to be the one that will benefit the most from this launch.
Apple was the first company that has started the trend towards 64-bit processors in mobile devices, with the iPhone 5s and its custom Apple A7 SoC. Like a true rival, Samsung has followed with an announcement saying that it’s next-generation flagship would also come with a 64-bit processor. Referring to Apple’s move, Chandrasekher from Qualcomm, said the following
I know there’s a lot of noise because Apple did [64-bit] on their A7. I think they are doing a marketing gimmick. There’s zero benefit a consumer gets from that. Predominantly… you need it for memory addressability beyond 4GB. That’s it. You don’t really need it for performance, and the kinds of applications that 64-bit get used in mostly are large, server-class applications
The new Snapdragon 410 is an important move in the mobile world and Qualcomm will use to further enhance its relationships with as many OEMs as possible. Even the fact that the young Firefox OS is also supported, shows that Qualcomm is willing to support Mozilla’s new operating system, which is yet to prove itself. We are still waiting for 64-bit support for high-end smartphones.