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.
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.
ARM's Cortex A76 Core Relies On 7nm Process for Speed and Efficiency Gains
ARM today announced a new series of processors cores for mobile devices that it says will increase performance without impacting battery life. The new Cortex A76 processor core is built using a 7nm process that ARM says delivers a 35% boost in speed and a 40% improvement in efficiency when compared to its previous 10nm core.
Qualcomm's Latest Snapdragons Target Mid- and Entry-Level Phones
Qualcomm announced two new additions to its family of Snapdragon processors, the Snapdragon 617 and Snapdragon 430. The chips will bring new features to inexpensive and volume handsets.
Qualcomm Improves Its High-Tier Range with Snapdragon 660 and 630
Qualcomm today announced the Snapdragon 660 and Snapdragon 630 mobile platforms, two new systems-on-a-chip that the company says will dramatically improve speed, battery life, and photography for sub-flagship smartphones. The Snapdragon 660 succeeds the 653, while the 630 succeeds the 626.