Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 215 Chip Brings Mid-range Features To Entry-level Phones

It’s still built on the old 28nm process though

Budget phones are about to get mid-range features, thanks to Qualcomm’s newly announced Snapdragon 215 chipset. The new SoC will finally allow stuff like longer aspect ratios and dual-camera support to pop up on sub-Php 5K phones, though the biggest breakthrough here is the use of 64-bit architecture, the first in a 200-series chipset.

The shift to 64-bit allows the Snapdragon 215 to run 50 percent faster than the 210. Other features include support for the 19.9:9 aspect ratio and HD+ (1,560 x 720), dual image signal processors for dual cameras, and up to 13-megapixel non-interpolated capture, along with 1080p recording.

While these features have long been a staple of mid-range phones, they’ve been severely lacking on entry-level models. The new Snapdragon 215 has a faster Adreno 308 GPU on board for light graphics work and more power-efficient video playback.

The new chip also has support for NFC, as well as dual SIM VoLTE calls, and up to 150Mbps download speeds and 802.11ac WiFi support.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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