In January, Qualcomm took the wraps off of its newest high-end mobile chipsets, the Snapdragon 800 and Snapdragon 600. But those two obviously didn’t cover all the possible price ranges in the market. That’s what the newly announced Snapdragon 400 and Snapdragon 200 are for. These two will end up in a midrange mobile device near you in due course, although because of their specs you probably won’t see them in low-end offerings. At least not for a year or so.
The Snapdragon 400 has two possible configuration options. The first one comes with dual Krait cores (first seen on the Snapdragon S4 from last year) clocked up to 1.7 GHz. The second option consists of four ARM Cortex-A7 cores running at 1.4 GHz. This is interesting, because Qualcomm very, very rarely uses unmodified ARM designs in its products. And to give you an idea about what products the 400 will be competing against, know that MediaTek’s first quad-core CPU, the MT6589, uses four Cortex-A7 cores as well.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 also comes with Adreno 305 graphics, and support for TD-SCDMA, DC-HSPA+, CDMA, as well as dual-standby or dual-active dual-SIM.
The Snapdragon 200 series is apparently meant for ‘entry-level’ smartphones, yet how cheap those will be remains to be seen. This is a quad-core design, with four Cortex-A5 cores clocked at up to 1.4 GHz, an Adreno 203 GPU, CDMA and UMTS support, dual-standby dual-SIM, and camera support up to 8 MP.
Unfortunately we don’t know exactly when the first devices powered by these chipsets will make it to the market, or what those devices are and who makes them. Qualcomm only mentioned that we should see its new processors sometime this year. Stay tuned though, and we’ll let you know when we learn more.
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