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Qualcomm eyes budget smarphones with expanded Snapdragon 200 lineup

Will debut later this year
Thu Jun 20 2013, 12:20
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CHIPMAKER Qualcomm announced six additions to its Snapdragon 200 processor lineup on Thursday for the budget smartphone market.

Qualcomm's six new processor chips for low-end smartphones will include both dual-core and quad-core variants fabbed on the firm's 28nm semiconductor technology.

Each Snapdragon 200 processor will boast built-in HSPA+ technology, Qualcomm said, and will support up to 8MP and 5MP rear and front-facing camera sensors a well as both single and dual SIM slots.

Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 200 chips will also feature an Adreno 302 GPU to offer a "graphics-rich gaming experience", Qualcomm's Quick Charge 1.0 technology, and support for the latest Android, Windows Phone and Firefox mobile operating systems. Qualcomm also said that the processors should deliver better mobile connections, faster data speeds and fewer dropped calls.

Jeff Lorbeck, SVP of product management at Qualcomm said, "With the expanded line of Snapdragon 200 processors, Qualcomm Technologies is building on its dual- and quad-core processor portfolio for entry-level smartphones and tablets, bringing key process technology and modem features to all Snapdragon tiers.

"We are excited to offer our customers the broadest range of 3G technologies and superior performance and power-efficiency, enabling them to deliver a wide range of innovative smartphones for the high-volume segment."

Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 200 processors will be available later this year, so we can expect some Qualcomm powered budget smartphones to crop up towards the end of the year.

While Qualcomm is focusing on the low-end market with its new Snapdragon 200 chips, it revealed earlier today that the firm's top-end Snapdragon 800 processor will feature in LG's next flagship Optimus G smartphone. µ


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