Qualcomm's new platform to empower feature phone users with 4G

Posted March 20, 2017

The chipset will be using dual core CPU with clock speeds of 1.1 GHz and Qualcomm Adreno GPU for graphic intensive tasks. The announced product is in line with Qualcomm's recent shift in naming conventions which drops the "Snapdragon" branding as well as the word "processor". By launching the Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform, the San Diego-based company is hoping to address the needs of wireless carriers in emerging markets that are now in the process of transitioning their users from 2G and 3G networks to 4G solutions.

The integrated X5 LTE Model allows the Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform to support upload speeds of up to 50Mbps and download speeds of up to 150Mbps.

Feature phone shipments still command a significant chunk of the market in countries where smartphones are less mature. Further, rightly concentrating on the new LTE technologies, the new Qualcomm Mobile Platform will take advantage of LTE services like VoLTE (Voice over LTE) and VoWi-Fi (Voice over Wi-Fi). The Mobile Platform also packs in support for WiFi 802.11b/g/n along with Bluetooth 4.1 and USB 2.0 covering its connectivity aspects.

According to Qualcomm, the 205 Mobile Platform and its associated software has been developed in India, keeping in touch with the "Make in India" initiative.

It also supports Linux-based OSes, and is pin-compatible with the Snapdragon 210/ 212, allowing OEMs and ODMs to quickly migrate their designs. The 4G LTE-enabled chip was designed for contemporary feature phones that still account for approximately 20 percent of global handset sales, Qualcomm said, citing a recent study conducted by the International Data Corporation (IDC).

Qualcomm believes that the sale of sub-$100 smartphones is on the rise in developing markets, but there is still a demand for feature phones in such markets.

The telecommunications equipment company announced the update, titled the Qualcomm 205, in New Delhi, India, on Monday. Qualcomm has partnered with OEM/ODM players such as Borqs, Flex, FIH/Megaphone, Reliance Jio, Micromax, TCL, TSM, LYF, Uniscope, among others.

India and the South-East Asia present growth opportunities in the telecom space with 4G adoption rising and continued adoption of feature phones.

The Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform is available today with devices expected to reach consumers in Q2 2017.