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20 March 2017, 02:49 | Patty Hardy
Entry-Level Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform Launches In India
Although a majority of mobile phone users go for touchscreen smartphones, a chunk of the population in developing nations are still reliant on cheap feature phones for connectivity.
The new Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform is created to bring 4G LTE connectivity and 4G services to entry-level feature phones.
The lithography of these chipsets have not been detailed, but going for the low-power and low-cost business model, they should be able to provide ample battery life in feature phones; 45 days of standby time and 20 hours of talk time. But in emerging markets such as India, Vietnam and South Africa, about half of all phones in use are feature phones, according to a 2016 report by IDC.
Semiconductor manufacturer Qualcomm Technologies announced the Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform, a new entry-level system-on-chip (SoC) that officially launched in India today. While the market for these phones does continue shrinking as smartphones become cheaper and income levels rise, they still exist and have a profound impact in shaping the future of these rural economies. "As operators around the world redefine subscription plans to take greater advantage of robust LTE network rollouts, devices with the Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform are created to support consumers, micro-enterprises, and others, to economically communicate using advanced LTE data services such as Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWi-Fi)".
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The device also comes with the latest Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, 4G LTE connectivity , Dual-SIM support, and more. It will be available from late April, but Sony is yet to announce United Kingdom availability and pricing.
The SoC also comes with a support for dual SIMs too and there is also Bluetooth 4.1, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, ANT+, FM Radio, etc.
Qualcomm 205 is a dual-core SoC which clocks at 1.1GHz and supports 4G connectivity on handsets. The 205 SoC comes with a Snapdragon X5 integrated modem, LTE Cat 4 (150Mbps down/50Mbps Up), HSPA+, VoLTE support. Phones based on this platform will be seen in Q2 2017. USA chip maker Qualcomm, however, recently announced its 205 chipset, that'll allow more feature phones (aka "dumb" phones that don't have a touchscreen, Global Positioning System or an app store) to achieve LTE speeds.
While Qualcomm has had 200-series SoCs in the past, the focus with the 205 Mobile Platform is to enable low-priced handsets to support 4G VoLTE as well. Qualcomm has partnered with OEM/ODM players such as Borqs, Flex, FIH/Megaphone, Reliance Jio, Micromax, TCL, TSM, LYF, Uniscope, among others.
With the inclusion of 4G LTE into feature phones, the very concept of a "feature phone" is scheduled for a redefinition. Yes, you read that right, we are talking about feature phones as well here. First smartphones powered by the Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform are expected to hit emerging markets in the second quarter of the year.
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