Snapdragon 400 and 200 Target Entry-Level Devices
Qualcomm today formally introduced the Snapdragon 400 and Snapdragon 200 mobile processors. The 400 aims at entry-level to mid-range smartphones and tablets, while the 200 focuses expressly on entry-level smartphones. The 400 has two different configurations: the first has dual-core Krait CPUs running at up to 1.7GHz per core, and the second has quad-core ARM Cortex A7 CPUs running at up to 1.4GHz per core. Other features of the 400 include the Adreno 305 GPU, high-speed LPDDR2 or LPDDR3 RAM, support for most modern cellular radio technologies, dual SIM cards, and support for 13.5-megapixel cameras, 1080p HD video capture/playback, and Miracast. The 200 runs a quad-core ARM Cortex A5 processor at up to 1.4GHz per core and includes the Adreno 203 GPU, LPDDR2 RAM, HD video playback, CDMA/UMTS radio configurations, dual SIM cards, and cameras up to 8 megapixels. Qualcomm expects the 400 and 200 to be available later this year.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 450 Platform Jumps to 14nm Process
Qualcomm today announced the Snapdragon 450 Platform, a new entry in its mid-tier range of processors for high-volume devices. The Snapdragon 450 is the first 400 series chip to make use of Qualcomm's 14nm process, which provides it with noticeable performance and efficiency gains over earlier chips.
Microsoft Debuts Two Low-Cost Lumias
Microsoft today announced the Lumia 532 and Lumia 435, two entry-level Windows Phones. Both devices run Windows Phone 8.1 with the Lumia Denim update and include core software features such as Microsoft Office, Skype, OneDrive, HERE Maps, and Cortana.
Qualcomm Intros New Snapdragon CPUs and LTE Modems
Qualcomm today announced a series of new application processors for mobile devices, including the Snapdragon 620, 618, 425, and 415. Both the Snapdragon 600 series and 400 series receive new features previously reserved for higher-class processors.
Alcatel Touts Pop Up and Pixi First Handsets
Alcatel's handset roster grew by two with the Pop Up and Pixi First smartphones, which fill out the company's entry- and mid-level line-up. Pop Up: The Pop Up (pictured) is a mid-ranger that focuses on creating a fun user experience thanks to interchangeable rear shells.